Cucumber Carrot & French Bean Salad with Tahini

My love for tahini is immense! I recently made a jar full of tahini at home and have been experimenting with it ever since! Also, I love quick fix salads for those lazy days. This one is my quick-and-easy experimental salad recipe!


  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Carrot
  • 10-12 French Beans
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  • A Pinch of Roasted Cumin Powder
  • A Pinch of Sumac (optional – you can use pomegranate seeds instead)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Tahini
  • Salt to Taste
  • Fresh Mint/Coriander/Basil/ Parsley/Celery (any one of these will do)


Prep: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes

  1. Wash and chop the French beans, carrots and cucumber.
  2. Peel garlic cloves and roughly smash them.
  3. Blanch the French beans and carrots (to blanch – bring water to a boil, add the veggies for 2-3 minutes and then transfer them to a bowl of ice-cold water to stop them from further cooking while retaining the crunch).
  4. In a pan heat, 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté the crushed garlic cloves till they become brownish.
  5. Put the flame off completely and add chopped cucumber, French beans and carrots to mix well (do not turn the gas on).
  6. Now squeeze half a lime and add 1 tablespoon tahini (check additional information for a quick tahini recipe). Mix well.
  7. Season with salt and roasted cumin powder. Mix well.
  8. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and a sprinkle of beautiful tangy sumac (or pomegranate seeds).
  9. Serve immediately as a side dish or salad.
  10. You can use any other vegetable of your choice – cauliflower, zucchini, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, beetroot or even baby potatoes. Also, you can add any protein of your choice – grilled chicken or lamb. If you don’t have tahini you can make yours at home easily. Just roast sesame seeds till golden brown and let them cool. Add them to a grinder along with olive oil and grind till you get a fine creamy paste. Store in a jar and refrigerate it.