Creamy Tahini Dressing on summer salad

Creamy and slightly sweet, this sauce dresses any salad beautifully. I whipped this dressing up in less than 5 minutes and drizzled it all over one of favorite summer time salads. My good friend Christina had brought a similar salad to a camping trip last summer, and ever since, I mindfully choose the sweetest perfectly ripened organic peaches form the market so I can make a version of that salad.

For this lunch in particular I combined about 3-4 cups of greens (arugula and spinach), with a large handful of sliced red cabbage, a large peach, 1 very large avocado, 2 TBS pecans, 3 TBS minced dill. Everything organic, everything local.

The nice crunch from the cabbage, combined with the juicy peaches pair wonderfully with the mild bitterness of the arugula and rich creaminess of the avocado. Add to that the sweet tahini dressing and pungent dill, and you got yourself a party of the senses in your mouth!!

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Ingredients for Tahini dressing:

  • 1 TBS tahini
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • dash of salt

Steps:

  • put everything in a bowl and whisk well until combined
  • I used up this whole batch for my one salad.
  • Make more to store for future use if necessary! I know I will!

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Dill Pesto

The refreshing dill combined with the smooth rich avocado balanced with the crunch of the cashews makes for a nice alternative to the usual pesto. I eat pesto frequently as it is a perfect topping for raw breads, raw crackers, zucchini pasta, and much much more. So switching it up is a nice way to keep things interesting in my plate without making huge changes.

This pesto came about because of all the ingredients I had in my fridge. If you don’t have parsley, try another herb. If you don’t have spinach use another leafy green. The main ingredients that I wouldn’t change here are the dill and the avocado.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped dill
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large clove of garlic

Steps:

  • put everything in a food processor and blend until desired consistency
  • will keep in the fridge for a few days, not sure how long though as we always eat it quickly 🙂