Histamine Free Sauce

by HEAB on November 26, 2013

Edited to Add: Apparently, tahini is not a low histamine food.  So, if you’re trying to avoid histamines, this is not a suitable sauce for you.  I’m sorry. :(

One of my good friends suffers from a tyramine and histamine allergy, and I’ve been trying to come up with a versatile sauce she can use as a topping for pasta, veggies, pizza, etc.  This is one tricky allergy – no tomatoes, nothing fermented (cheese included), no beans, no gluten, no nuts, nothing with preservatives, etc….let’s just say it’s quite a list of foods to avoid.  So, after googling around a bit, I found a suggestion for a tahini artichoke pasta sauce in an online histamine-free forum, but alas, no recipe.  Therefore, I created my own.

I present to you (& my friend)…


HEAB’s Histamine Free Tahini Artichoke Sauce


  • 1 cup artichoke hearts (Preferably fresh, but I also like the frozen ones from Trader Joe’s.  Just allow to thaw in fridge overnight.)
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (Optional as citrus is normally a no-no for those following a low histamine diet, but my friend said such a small amount wouldn’t bother her.)
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • Water to thin (I used 1/4 cup)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients except for water using a blender or food processor.
  • To make more of sauce, slowly add water until desired consistency reached.  If you prefer more of a dip-like consistency, skip the water.


As a good friend, I decided to taste test…

atop black rice and stir-fried veggies.

as a pasta sauce with brown rice spaghetti, chicken, and roasted root vegetables.

and as a dipping sauce for these zucchini fritter tater tots.

I loved the sauce, and now I must go make more for my friend since it’s all gone. 😉