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Summer Squash, Yogurt & Tahini Dip (Recipe)

Summer Squash, Yogurt & Tahini Dip (Recipe)


This dip practically screams summer. Serve it with pita bread or any crusty bread.

Summer Squash, Yogurt & Tahini Dip


  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup chopped summer squash
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly toasted and ground
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini, well-blended
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 2 Teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 Cup Greek yogurt
  • Ground cumin for garnish

1. In a small skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add in the summer squash and cook, stirring often, until all of the liquid has evaporated and the squash is soft, about 10 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper to taste. Let cool for a few minutes.
2. Add the garlic clove and a pinch or two of salt to a mortar and pestle. Mash into a paste. Add the squash and continue mashing until it’s a rough puree. Add tahini, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon cold water in a medium bowl. Stir until the mixture is smooth. Stir in yogurt and continue stirring. Add the squash-garlic mixture, and stir again so it’s well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer dip to a serving bowl and leave out, at room temperature, for at least an hour. Sprinkle on some ground cumin to garnish.

Recipe Credit: The New York Times.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:56AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

It sounds good - I just need to find out what tahini is!!

4:08AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013


2:20AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Looks tasty and refreshing.

5:23AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013


9:33PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Have to try this!

11:25PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

I'm gonna try this!

4:12AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thank you :)

7:01PM PDT on Jun 21, 2013


Thanks for sharing this recipe!

7:48AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Thank you

6:30AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

I am from India and hence asking - What is summer squash???? What is Tahini??? Is it sesame seeds blended with something????

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