Lemon Tahini Dressing
Oh! What a blessing! This is my absolute favorite salad dressing. Now, I love many dressings; but this one I can eat all the time and never, ever, ever tire of eating! I put it on just about everything I can. Beans and rice, Glory bowls, veggie plates, and more! I truly hope you like it as much as I do!
I wanted to spend sometime in peace and majesty after my mother died, so, I went to the mountains. While there, I visited the Laughing Seed Cafe, a vegetarian restaurant in Asheville, NC. On their summer menu, this cafe has their signature Laughing Seed Salad, which I call a rainbow salad because of the colorful, nutrient-dense vegetables it contains. While I was there, the salad was priced at $11.00 and it consisted of “organic spring mix, romaine lettuce, grated carrot, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumber, red onion, blanched broccoli, mung bean and clover sprouts topped with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.”
I absolutely love this salad, but the price necessitated that I recreate it myself if I want to partake of this veggie delight. This salad is definitely a meal. It comes in a large bowl. At home, you may need to make it in a large bowl, because once you add all of the veggies, it will be quite substantial.This salad is packed with protein, fiber, and phytonutrients. Once you can buy all of the veggies for the salad, you would be able to make at least four to five salads (if not more) out of the produce you buy.
The Lemon Tahini Dressing is actually the star of this salad show, in my opinion. It is so delicious! Did I mention that I put it on my falafels? Well, I make it thicker (take out some of the water for when using it on falafels). Yes, indeed, this dressing recipe is the star of many a dish.
Before, I share the recipe, I must share bit about sesame seeds, which are the seeds from which tahini is made. Sesame seeds contain an array of phytonutrients, natural oils, and organic compounds. One tablespoon of these seeds contain 1.1 grams of fiber and 1.6 grams of protein. The vitamins and minerals, consisting of calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, thiamin, tryptophan, vitamin B6, and zinc, provide a broad range of health benefits to the body. Tahini, which is made from grinding raw or toasted sesame seeds into a paste, has a very distinct flavor. This paste or sauce is often used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, which I L-O-V-E.
Lastly, I would like you to remember that our diet is connected to our spirituality. The purer we eat, the better our brain will function, and the more we will be able to understand things spiritually, after praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Our bodies and brains are connected and we must keep our bodies in proper working order for our minds (brains) to function at its highest potential. Romans 12:1-2 KJV applies here! Please read it! Amen!
Okay, the recipe is as follows:
Lemon Tahini Dressing
- ½ cup tahini
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon organic sesame oil
- 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed (depending upon taste. I use one)
- 1 teaspoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, adjust to taste
- 1 squirt of sea water (optional)
- 5 Tablespoons lemon juice or two lemons
- 1 serving kelp powder (a tiny, itsy-bity little scoop)
- ½ teaspoon psyllium powder (to thicken)
Blend all ingredients for almost a minute. Dressing should keep up to two weeks in refrigerator.
Enjoy this salad and be sure to adjust the flavor as you see fit. Do not be afraid to try different things with this recipe to complement your flavor palate.