Creamy Tahini Dressing
Ever get bored with salads? When using this creamy delicious dressing, you will easily devour crunchy salads and veggies. Tahini is sesame paste, often used in mediterranean cooking. One of my favorite childhood memories was making and eating tahini with my Israeli cousins. They showed me how to use it to make fresh, homemade hummus. Many of my patients can't tolerate chickpeas, since they are highly fermentable. However, the tahini that makes hummus so creamy is usually ok for my patients with digestive issues.
Sesame seeds are loaded with minerals, healthy fats, amino acids, antioxidants and cholesterol lowering polyphenols. Research shows they improve heart health, reduce inflammation, enhance fatty acid metabolism and may even improve sex hormone production. Good fats like those in sesame tahini also help curb sugar cravings and regulate appetite. By eating delicious creamy dressings like tahini, you will feel more satisfied while also reducing inflammation. I also added turmeric, black pepper and cumin to maximize the flavor and anti-inflammatory properties of this recipe.
CREAMY TAHINI DRESSING
Prep time: 5-7 min Cook time: 0 min Servings: Makes about 1.5-2 cups
1 cup tahini paste (I like whole foods brand- it's much easier to whisk)
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp garlic infused oil
3/4 cup warm water
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp black pepper
Celtic sea salt to taste
1. Whisk tahini, lemon juice, oil and a few tbsp of the water in a bowl using a fork. Keep whisking in water until the paste becomes a creamy liquid consistency.
Add additional water depending on how creamy you like it
2. Mix in spices
3. Taste and add more spices as needed.
4. Serve immediately or store in airtight container. Lasts in the fridge for up to 1 week. If the dressing gets too thick after storing, simply add more water and whisk to improve consistency.
Serve on top of steamed or grilled vegetables
Dip in chopped carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers for a tasty snack
Add fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, tarragon or mint to increase flavor and antioxidants
Add chives or scallion tops for a stronger garlic flavor. If you have a strong digestive system, you can also use fresh raw garlic cloves in this recipe
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