Let’s talk salads. I know, I know, a vegan talking about salads, how typical. But, I can’t lie, I boarded the salad train recently and haven’t gotten off yet. I love packing a salad for work every day and now I feel so GOOD after eating lunch. I don’t ever feel too full, bloated or sluggish and I always look forward to taking out my enormous Tupperware full of greens mid-day.
I wish I was better at packing my lunch the night before but in reality I end up scrambling around in the morning while I shovel oatmeal down for breakfast. One major benefit of salads is that it’s super easy to throw whatever grains, beans and fresh vegetables you have on hand on top of a bed of greens in a Tupperware container and be ready to run out the door
My goal is to have a good source of plant protein, some carbs, a little bit of healthy fat and lots of fresh veggies in my container each day. Recently, my favorite combinations include sweet potato, avocado and chickpeas; roasted vegetables, sauerkraut and tempeh; and pear, peppers and quinoa all on top of whatever spring mix, spinach or kale greens I have in the fridge that week.
Now, the purpose of this post: dressing. I’ll level with you guys: I’m not crazy for dressings. A little balsamic is usually good for me. BUT, a few weeks ago I inspired to try tahini after seeing it repeatedly on my Instagram feed so I bought a jar to sample and guys, I cannot get enough of this stuff! Tahini is simply a paste from ground sesame seeds and it’s a great source of healthy fats and protein.
I started experimenting how to use the paste for a thinner dressing and I eventually settled on this recipe. I love using it on salads when I’m not adding avocado since it’s a very filling and (healthy) fat-filled topping. As with all of my recipes, I’m not big on strict measurements and complicated lists of steps so this recipe is super quick, easy and adaptable. Definitely give it a try when you are looking for a filling, healthy, savory dressing for your next salad.
What is your favorite salad combination and/or dressing? Share below! And as always, if you try this recipe I would love to see your photos and hear your feedback.