CREAMY CITRUS DRESSING
My favourite. Tasty and super simple. Full of goodness.
Tahini is perfect for making creamy dressings. It is a great base and you can make this tangy or sweet, or even spicy. So many possibilities! You can experiment with your favourite herbs and spices for the best combos.
Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is an excellent plant based source of calcium (1/4 cup of sesame seeds have more calcium than a cup of cows milk!).
Sesame seeds are also a fantastic source of healthy fats and protein. By adding tahini to your greens you help your body absorb more of the fat-soluble phytonutrients found in greens such as broccoli, cabbage, chard etc.
As well as containing an array of vitamins and minerals, sesame seeds are anti-inflammatory, have anti-cancer properties and promote heart health. These are powerful little seeds to include in your diet!
This recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make - quick and easy!
Also the taste gets even better if you leave to marinate for a few hours, and it keeps in the fridge for a few days.
Perfect to use on top of your salads, roasted vegetables, greens, mix into cooked grains, or as a dip for sweet potato wedges and even raw veg sticks!
[ Makes approx 2 servings ]
1 tbsp tahini (I usually like to use dark tahini, where the whole seed has been ground and retains more nutrients)
Juice of 1/2 an orange or other citrus
(Optional dried or finely chopped fresh herbs)
Put the tahini in a small bowl.
Juice the orange/citrus and add the liquid to the tahini. Mix together with a teaspoon. This might look a bit strange to start with... but keep mixing until it makes a paste.
Add 1 tbsp of water and mix. You may need to add a little more/less water to get the desired consistency. Just keep adding a splash at a time and keep mixing.
Ta-Dah! Super quick and easy, and can totally transform the taste of your meal.
Lime, maple syrup (1 tbsp or to taste)
Lime, maple syrup (1tbsp or to taste), 1/2 tsp soy sauce or tamari to taste
Cashew butter for the base instead of the tahini
Curry powder - think instant curry sauce!
For all the above I usually use the juice of 1/2 the fruit, with 1 tbsp tahini.
Dried herbs are usually 1 tsp. Fresh herbs give an extra punch of flavour and nutrients. I use a small handful, finely chopped.
What are your favourite combinations? I'd love to know... comment below!