I feel like there are no words today. I used them all yesterday.

So, I give you something that’s so easy, it doesn’t need many words.

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for awhile, waiting for the right time to share.  I keep seeing tahini recipes on my favorite blogs (like Kathryne’s Raw Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing or Jacqui’s Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpeas, and Sauteed Chard with Tahini Dressing) so I figured it was time to share.

I was planning on using miso in this but living in rural Illinois doesn’t always make finding certain ingredients easy.  So instead, I kept is simple.  I almost always have a jar of tahini in the refrigerator to make hummus so this meal comes together quickly and effortlessly.

A couple notes: Because the asparagus isn’t cooked, it adds a nice crunch to the dish; however, if you want the texture to fit with the noodles, you can always cook the asparagus with a little olive oil in a pan.  Also, while I like heat, I find that the sesame taste is really quite lovely and often I don’t want to cover it up with heat.


Shaved Asparagus and Noodles with Tahini Sauce

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2


  • 4 oz Udon, Soba, or Brown Rice Noodles
  • 8-10 stalks of Asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 squeeze of lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed chiles (optional)


  1. Prepare noodles according to package. When done, drain and set aside.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, shave each stalk of asparagus to desired amount.
  3. To make dressing, whisk together tahini, honey, lime juice, tamari, crushed chiles (if using), and half the toasted sesame seeds*. Combine with warm noodles and shaved asparagus.
  4. To serve, sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds.


*To toast sesame seeds I usually place them in a skillet over medium low heat and cook until fragrant. Just be sure to watch and shake the skillet frequently so the seeds do not burn.

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