Essential Sports Nutrition

1/15/18

Garlic Tahini Dressing Recipe


Store-bought salad dressing are convenient and make veggies and salad extra tasty but I'm guessing you've found yourself pouring a bottle of dressing on your salad and thinking to yourself.......

"I should really start making my own salad dressing."


As a health-conscious individual, if salad dressings are part of your day-to-day diet, making your own salad dressing can help you eliminate the unnecessary store-bought salad dressing ingredients like artificial flavorings, preservatives, fats, salts, sugars and flavorings. 

If you must go store bought, don't stress. Just read the ingredients to choose the more "real food" selection. There are actually a lot of great options on the market.

But if you are interested in making your own salad dressing, here's a delicious Garlic Tahini dressing that I recently made for a group dinner last weekend and it was inexpensive, healthy and super tasty. This dressing is perfect for any dish as you can use it as a sandwich dressing or on stir-fry dishes. Enjoy!




Garlic Tahini Dressing
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup tahini (stir in advance before measuring)
    (Not sure where to find Tahini at your grocery store? Check the condiments aisle near the ethnic foods or specialty olives.)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about one big lemon)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp honey
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor (I use the Ninja Master Prep Food Processor).
  2. Blend until smooth. Makes ~1 cup. 


For the salad, I made a super simple salad to highlight the dressing. My salad included chopped kale, arugula, radishes and shredded carrots, topped with raw sunflower seeds and tangerine slices.


As for the rest of our dinner, our friend Laura made the most amazing Lasagna with her mom's recipe (sans the meat) and it was outstandingly delicious!


For dessert, a homemade Flan (a Colombian recipe prepared by a friend of our dinner host) and four different flavors of layered cakes from the European Market here in Greenville. This Czech-inspired cake was hand-made (not by us) and was so yummy, along with the flan. It was great to hear stories about all of the food that we were yumming over, which for me, is a very special part of eating that I really enjoy.

We made sure to try all the flavors of the Czech cake and all were great! 



I forgot to take a picture of Thomas's famous guacamole dip but let's just say that nothing was left for me to sneak a picture of by the time dinner was served.