We’ve talked before about how I eat a lot of salads. Love them! So dressing them properly and deliciously is of the utmost importance. Dressing a salad isn’t so different from dressing one’s self, I suppose. Now I’m much more foodie that fashionista any day, but there are indeed parallels when it comes to this dressing business.
Dressing a salad with a tasty, inviting option reminds me of donning a gorgeous outfit paired with the perfect accessories. Sometimes the accessories even steal the show and garner the most compliments!
As for accessorizing my salads, I avoid the bottled stuff unless I’m in a situation where there’s no practical way to make my own dressing. Even the best bottled dressings don’t hold a candle to a good, homemade dressing, IMHO. Fighting words? Maybe!
Yeah, dressings usually have fat, but can be good fat, especially in moderation and if the dressing motivates you to eat more salad and veggies. Here’s my latest salad dressing creation, with it’s brick-red color and the bold flavors of mellow tahini, sweet red pepper, and earthy cumin give it that Middle Eastern vibe I love so much. It has a hint of spice and a pleasant smokiness in the background.
Oh, and I even snuck in some super healthy flax seeds, which are great for, among other things, the skin and digestive system. Cuz I’m stealthy healthy like that ;-)!
You can bet we’ll be whipping up a batch of this brick red beauty this weekend at the Yoga retreat I’m hosting.
For now, mas-salama and shanti, ya’ll!
Tangy Tahini Red Pepper and Cumin Salad Dressing
In a blender, combine:
4 Tablespoons tahini paste
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional, but worthwhile, as it gives a subtle cheesy flavor
2 large garlic cloves
3 scallions, chopped, or 2 Tablespoons of onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon of paprika
1 teaspoon red pepper paste, or 1/4 of a fresh or roasted red bell pepper
1 teaspoon of cumin (more if you want!)
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
Water for blending
Salt and pepper to taste (optional–I found I didn’t need any!)
1. Put all ingredients except water into the blender. Add enough water so that everything can move around when the blender’s on. Add more water as needed to create the desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.