Tangy Tahini Salad Dressing
Salads are one my number one “go-to” lunch or last minute dinner idea. I keep some type of greens on hand at all times (usually spinach). In the effort to remove more processed foods out of our diet, I found out that dressings were a big culprit of processed and chemically laden ingredients.
I can make my own salad dressing or vinaigrette in less than a minute and it tastes much better than bottled. I have experimented with lots of different types of dressings, but vinegar or citrus based is usually my favorite. It has a lighter and brighter flavor that I prefer.
Health Benefits of Tahini
I keep Tahini on hand at all times, for dressings and a simple homemade hummus. Tahini is made from sesame seeds and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. As with most things we eat, I try to go for organic Tahini (or at least non-GMO) options if our budget will allow.
If you are wondering why to use Tahini in your cooking, here are a few health benefits I found interesting:
- Promotes and helps maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.
- High in unsaturated fat (that’s the good fat!)
- Easy to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content. This makes it great to help in weight loss.
- Rich in minerals like phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron.
- High in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
- A good source of Methionine (this aids in liver detoxification)
- Best source of calcium. This is especially important to us ladies to prevent osteoporosis!
- Promotes healthy cell growth.
- Helps to prevent anemia.
- Almost a complete protein, which makes it better than nuts.
- Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together.
- Pour over your favorite salad.
Do you like to make your own dressings and vinaigrette? Find more of my favorite vinaigrette and dressings here.