Spinach with Tahini Sauce

Spinach with Tahini Sauce

Last Updated on February 14, 2021

This dish is an arrangement of the authentic Japanese dish called “Hourensou no Goma-Ae [ほうれん草の胡麻和え].” It means “Spinach  dressed with Sesame.” It’s simple, minimal, and really tasty!

The Sauce

Now, the authentic one is typically prepared with Surigoma [すり胡麻] which is ground sesame. We use our 5-Ingredient Tahini Sauce to dress the spinach.

What Type of Spinach?

The richness of the tahini sauce complements the blanched spinach very well. It’s better to make this dish with mature spinach (not baby spinach) for the texture and flavor. Just make sure to wash well to remove dirt that’s usually trapped between the leaves and stems! No one enjoys biting into sand…


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5 from 7 votes

Spinach with Tahini Sauce

It's simple and minimal re-interpretation of a typical Japanese side dish. Use fresh spinach to enjoy its flavor with our Asian flavored 5-ingredient Tahini Sauce.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizers & Starters, Sides
Cuisine: Japanese Inspired, Vegan
Author: Plant-Based Matters



  • Bring a large pot of water to boil for blanching spinach.
  • Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath in a large prep bowl.
  • Once water is boiling, blanch spinach for 2 minutes then transfer to the ice-bath to stop the cooking process.
  • Remove the spinach from the ice-bath then squeeze gently to extract water. Cut into bite-size (about 1 inch) chunks.
  • Serve with tahini sauce and sprinkle toasted sesame seeds for an extra sesame flavor (optional.)


  • It should be served at room temperature.
  • We like the style of plating by laying spinach over the sauce but the sauce can be poured over or mixed altogether in a bowl then served.
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2 thoughts on “Spinach with Tahini Sauce”

  • Amazing,I share to my daughter in CA,I toll her to follow you,not all the plants base site are good, yours is amazing,and clean eat

    • Hi Maggie,

      We hope all is well and truly thank you for taking the time to leave a reply. We appreciate your kind words and hope you enjoy this dish if you make it. If you have any other questions, we are hear to help!

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