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The Lemon-Tahini Salad Dressing One Chef Swears By

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.)

Ingredients
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup of cilantro
Method
Combine all ingredients in a blender for 15 seconds.
Jason Fullilove

This video features Jason Fullilove. Jason Fullilove is the executive chef/owner of Barbara Jean in Los Angeles. The restaurant is a modern take on globally inspired soul food with a focus on nutrition.

Duration: 00:34. Last Updated On: 2017-03-31
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh . Review date: March 17, 2017

Difficulty: Easy

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 6
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories
561
28.05% Complete
28%
Fat
58g
89.2307692308% Complete
89%
Cholesterol
0mg
0.0% Complete
0%
Sodium
47mg
2.04347826087% Complete
2%
Carbohydrates
11g
8.52713178295% Complete
9%
Fiber
4g
16.0% Complete
16%
Sugar
1g
2.0% Complete
2%
Protein
7g
13.7254901961% Complete
14%
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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