sesame dip of goodness

sesame dip of goodness

My friend introduced me to an amazing dip and I’ve become sorta addicted to it. She calls it The Sesame Dip of Goodness. It is. However, you probably wouldn’t give it a second look. It’s beige and a bit lumpy from the sesame seeds – it’s not vibrant or chic, and you might think it downright dowdy. The ingredient list is short and it doesn’t really hold many surprises. But somehow, together, everything works and becomes more than the sum of its ingredients. This dip is tangy and creamy and wonderful…and really freakin’ addicting.

sesame dip of goodness

When I recreated this for myself, I knew all the ingredients, but not the proportions, but I think I came up with a winner. I asked my friend if it would be okay to write about this dip on my blog, she gave her a-okay. She also told me that she got the recipe from a book called Entertaining Vegetarians which I’ve promptly put on hold at my local library. When I pick it up next week, I’ll see how my version compares with the original.

sesame dip of goodness

I’ve made this with both greek yogurt and the runnier plain no/low fat stuff and both work well here. I’ve only tried a 50/50 split between the mayo and the yogurt, but if you’re queasy about using mayonnaise, then I’m sure upping the yogurt content should be okay. This also makes an excellent salad dressing – just thin with a little lemon juice!

When my friend serves it at parties, she says that it’s one of the first thing that disappears once someone ventures for the first dip. I’m not surprised. And if her nearly-four year old daughter is any indication, this dip is super kid friendly too. It’s a great way to eat your raw veggies and I’ve noticed that now that this dip is in my regular rotation, I go through carrots and celery like a crazy person. Of course, other vegetables go well here, but carrots and celery are my serious faves.

elsewhere: Last week, I made a really tasty vegan coffee cake and you can find the recipe over at Poppytalk.

sesame dip of goodness

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34 comments to “sesame dip of goodness”

  1. 1
    Elena   February 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    this sounds super tasty! I wonder if it would be any good to add some tahini.. I have a jar of the stuff getting lonely in the fridge.

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    Rachel (heart of light)   February 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Oh yum!

    Not to be critical, but I needed this yesterday! I was asked to bring veggies + dip to an Oscar’s party and was pulling out my hair trying to find something creative + semi-healthy. I ended up going with a thai-peanut sauce type dip, but this looks much tastier. Need to try it soon.

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    Dramatic Pancake   February 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I love trying to recreate a dish from memory — I’m sure it will be interesting to see the original recipe. This sounds delicious!

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    kickpleat   February 28, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Elena, you could try, but I think it’s perfect as is. I love using tahini in salad dressings – search my site for a recipe! And I’ll be posting a tahini cookie soon.

    Oooh, so sorry Rachel! I totally dropped the ball. I was going to publish this on Friday but everything got crazy. Bookmark this for next time?

    Thanks DP, it’s a good one regardless.

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    Joanne   February 28, 2012 at 3:33 am

    You don’t find many Asian flavored dips out there so this recipe is definitely unique! I’m pretty sure I’d quickly become addicted as well.

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    Jacqui   February 28, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I totally find myself going through more veggies whenever I have dips in the fridge too. I need to really stay on top of that and always have some handy! Although, I’m not a huge mayo lover, I do still love the sound of this dip. I’ll try it with more yogurt!

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    Gretchen @ flowercityfoodie.com   February 28, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Dips are one of the most kid-friendly foods around! I swear my 5-year-old would eat anything, as long as it was served with a dipping sauce (which he affectionately refers to as “dippy”).

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   February 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Yum! Bring it on, mayo and all! The dip sounds good and it may be just what I need in order to eat more celery, because on its own celery does not go into my mouth. The texture of the sesame seeds is a nice touch. Do you think adding black sesame seeds would make the dip look as if ants are crawling all over it? hehe!

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    NicoleD   February 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Oooo! This sounds really good. I love the taste of toasted sesame seeds and soy sauce and I have long been friends. So unique!

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    The Food Hunter   February 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Sounds like a wonderful dip

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    Jabba   February 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Wow – this looks so easy and uses staples that we always have lying around! I’m SO making this.

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    Dmarie   February 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    sounds so simple and delish…thank you!!

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    Ashley   February 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Ooo this sounds good and I love how simple it is! Celery is my favourite dipper too.

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    kickpleat   February 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Joanne, I see dip addiction in your immediate future :)

    So true, Jacqui about going through more veggies when dip is around. Try it with yogurt & let me know how it goes.

    Here’s to more dippy, Gretchen!

    Bijoux, I think this dip + celery will make your mouth much happier! Oooh, I like the addition of black sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Might make it prettier!

    Yeah, I thought so too, NicoleD. Everything works so well together.

    Thanks, Food Hunter.

    Yes, so true, Jabba. Now what are you waiting for? :)

    No problemo, Dmarie!

    Agreed, Ashley.

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    winnie   February 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    This is similar to a salad dressing that is eaten a lot in Hawaii. If you want to up the sesame flavor I would recommend a few drops of Asian sesame seed oil.

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    hag   February 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    The dip looks and sounds delicious…but look at those fabulous pyrex dishes!! I don’t think I have ever seen that shape and size before! Love them!

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    Malli   February 29, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Simple take on a flavorful dip with those sesame seeds. Thanks for sharing.. I’m always on the lookout for vegetarian food!!

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    achowlife   February 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I discovered my daughter loves dip just recently. This is going on the list. You’re wonderful, as usual! xo

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    Chrissy   February 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    OMGosh! Am addicted to sesame seed – always say I’d eat them on anything, but never crossed my mind to make a dip. Hope you can’t die from eating them because I’ll be bringing this to the shop every day from now on – thank you!!

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    Tomfooloree   February 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Who’s your friend? Maybe she got that recipe from me! ;]

    I have that cookbook (it’s very good, btw) and have been making that dip for years (and hence have been handing out the recipe like mad) because it’s so damn good! No other dip will do.

    Mmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Share the sesame love.

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    Wendy   March 1, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Tomfooloree introduced me to this dip (I ate most of it at one of her shindigs) and I couldn’t believe how easy it is. I don’t use the mayo – just all yoghourt or sometimes I throw in some sour cream. And I’ve been known to further fortify it with tahini and some nutritional yeast. Yum!

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    The Cozy Herbivore   March 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Wow, this looks so yummy and so simple to make! I’ve been on a huge sesame kick lately, so I’m definitely going to have to give it a whirl!

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    Irene [BAKER/MAKER]   March 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    i love how easy this is! i would be tempted to add a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil as well… :)

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    kickpleat   March 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Winnie, I love the tip about adding in some sesame oil. Next time for sure! And maybe a trip to Hawaii too would be nice :)

    Thanks Hag! I love them and picked them up for a quarter each at the menno thrift on Fraser! score!!

    Thanks Malli!

    Achowlife, oooh, yes it’s hard to find something to satisfy a picky toddler. I hope you give this a whirl. I’m sure you’ll all love it!

    Tomfooloree, so glad you know about this dip’s awesome power!!! Must make more!

    Ha, love it Wendy! Good to know you’ve mixed it up – I’ll have to try your changes.

    Thanks Cozy, it’s a great dip. Enjoy.

    Do it, Irene! I’m sure it will make this dip even better (if that’s possible).

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    christine [the sugar apothecary]   March 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Mmmm! I love that I don’t have to wait to go shopping to make this… So simple, and luckily I have some plain Greek yogurt in the fridge! Looks like an awesome way to get kids (and boyfriends) to eat their vegetables. Thanks for sharing!

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    Hannah   March 6, 2012 at 6:23 am

    This sounds delicious. I love a dip for TV watching evenings in and will definitely be trying this one as an alternative to my adored hummous…

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    Sarah Jameson   March 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    It’s always the not-so-pretty dishes that taste the best! And anyone who doesn’t like mayo is a crazy person. I can’t wait to try this!

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    Tomfooloree   March 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    *I’ve never used mayo either (yuck) – it’s delicious with just yogurt or with a combo of sr cream and yogurt, as Wendy said.

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    kickpleat   March 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Hope you enjoy this one, Christine!

    Oh yeah, Hannah, so perfect for tv watching :)

    Agreed, Sarah.

    Tomfooloree, I’ve heard from someone on Twitter who made this with sour cream & loved it. So glad this is flexible.

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    Rach   March 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

    this is sooooo good! and easy! thank you!

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    Julie   March 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I love this dip! and my kid and partner do to, I ran us out of celery with this one, and i resorted to a plain rice cake – a very sound chip replacement. yum yum. thanks for sharing.

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    kickpleat   March 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Rach, so glad you love this!!

    Glad to hear it, Julie. Hooray for eating up celery like a fiend ;)

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    Jennifer   March 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    This is fantastic! I used only four ingredients in my version…fermented homemade mayonnaise, sesame oil, tamari, toasted sesame seeds. I used the dressing on raw broccoli and sliced radishes. It is SO delicious! Thank you for this.

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    kickpleat   March 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Jennifer, do tell me more about this fermented mayonnaise!! Sounds fantastic and I’m so glad you loved this dip!

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