Tuesday, March 17, 2015

tahini trifecta

Tahini dressing three ways. 

Creamy dressings have been branded fatty and unhealthy, probably because of the infamous ranch and traditional caesar. But there is a new kind of creamy invading the salad dressing scene, a healthy creamy, that is incredibly versatile and almost too easy! 

All three of these dressings are more than salad worthy. They are so good they often end up as dips for veggies or even eaten by the spoonful! Get creative and use these recipes as a template to devise your own tahini based creamy dreamy dressings, anything goes! 

For all three recipes throw all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy! 

#1: herbed lemon tahini dressing
light, slightly sweet, loaded with herbs

herbed lemon tahini dressing

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 Tbsp miso
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar 
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (or cane sugar, or agave)
  • 1/2 cup water 

Serving suggestion: toss with noodled veggies such as zucchini and carrots, top with sesame seed 

#2: orange + ginger tahini dressing
super creamy, sweet, ginger zing

orange + ginger tahini dressing

  • 1/2 orange, partially peeled
    • cut entire orange in half, cut off the butt, cut off a few strips of peel, leaving it striped
  • 1" piece ginger, peeled
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional) 

Serving suggestion: top a power salad; spring greens, purple cabbage, sprouts, chickpeas, avocado, and chili flakes

#3: cumin + lime tahini dressing
tart, tangy, south of the border

cumin + lime tahini dressing

  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chives (or green onion)

Serving suggestion: drizzle over a baked sweet potato covered in black beans, corn, and avocado

Have fun dressing things up! Let me know what you made and how it went! Comment on the blog or tag @iamalmostvegan on instagram, I would love to hear from you! 

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