Dressing Experiments

by HEAB on September 29, 2009

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In continuing with my tahini theme, I wanted to share some homemade salad dressings with you.

First I tried keeping it very basic.

Stir-fry veggies with tahini dressing and roasted butternut squash.

Stir-fry veggies with tahini dressing and roasted butternut squash.

I simply mixed 1 TBSP tahini with the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 packet of stevia, and a little water.  It was tasty, but needed something more.

Next attempt…

Served over curried meatballs for CD.

Served over curried meatballs for CD.

Served over roasted tempeh for me.

Served over roasted tempeh for me.

For this dressing, I used my original recipe, but doubled it for 2 and added about 1/2 TBSP miso paste.  Better, but still missing something.

Then yesterday, I received an email from Jordan over at Cleaning It Up with a tahini dressing she recently made.  When I arrived home from work at 7:30 last night, I quickly whipped up Jordan’s amazing recipe:

  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1-2 TBSP tahini
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp guar gum

Stirred it all together, and by 7:45, I was in salad heaven.

Spinach, roasted tempeh, avocado, walnuts, & my new favorite salad dressing..

Spinach, roasted tempeh, avocado, walnuts, & my new favorite salad dressing.

The raw honey works so much better than the stevia, and although y’all know I’m not a big fan of added sugars, 1 tsp. is not a big deal.  Plus, the addition of toasted sesame oil and rice vinegar provides so much flavor, and I loved how just a pinch of guar gum makes the dressing nice and thick. Thanks again Jordan – this is seriously the best tasting dressing I’ve ever made.

What about you?  Do you make your own salad dressing?  If you had to use a store bought brand, which would it be? My favorite will always be Annie’s Goddess…but for now, I’ll be making my own. :)

Tomorrow’s tahini post has a dessert theme.  Any guesses?