Here’s the healthy dressing to end your ranch addiction.
Tired of your go-to Italian vinaigrette? Wish your husband would lay off the high-fat Caesar dressing? Making a simple, homemade salad dressing to elevate your greens is so much easier than you think. Chef Jason Fullilove has a simple salad dressing that’s one-of-a-kind, (or, as he calls it, “funky”) and you’ll definitely want to make it again and again.
The surprising ingredient? Tahini. This nutty spread is made from ground sesame seeds. You most commonly find it in Mediterranean restaurants as a condiment for falafel or shawarma, or perhaps you’ve noticed it on the ingredients list of your favorite hummus. (It looks like a paler, thinner version of peanut butter.)
The tahini acts as an emulsifier in this healthy salad dressing. This means the creamy tahini helps the acid (lemon juice) blend with the oil (coconut) so they don’t separate. These three components form the base of the vinaigrette (learn more ways to make a vinaigrette here).
Because coconut oil is thicker than most oils, you’ll add water to keep the homemade vinaigrette light and pourable. For an extra burst of fresh flavor, Chef Fullilove adds a couple of fresh herbs: basil and cilantro.
Thanks to the healthy fats and creaminess of the tahini, this dressing is an excellent way to cut the bitterness of hearty greens like kale or chard. The warm, nutty flavor also works well for fall-themed salads, so try it on a kale salad with pear slices, pomegranate arils, and toasted pecans. (Here’s how to deseed a pomegranate like a pro.)
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup tahini
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup of cilantro
InstructionsCombine all ingredients in a blender for 15 seconds.
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Jason Fullilove is the executive chef/owner of Barbara Jean in Los Angeles, a modern take on globally inspired soul food with a focus on nutrition.
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Here's a quick and
easy salad dressing you can make.
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It's a little bit funky,
it'll spice up your next salad.
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It's equal parts, one cup lemon juice,
one cup tahini, one cup coconut oil,
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one cup of water, about one bunch
of basil and one bunch of cilantro.
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All you do is throw
everything in the blender.
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You have a really nice acidic, fatty,
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this delicious salad dressing
that's really healthy for you.
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