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February 17, 2011

The Simplest Homemade Dressing

OK, I get that there are a ton of dressing options these days that you don’t have to make from scratch, and depending on where you shop there may also be a ton of organic/all-natural ones. I also know it’s not really necessary to make your own, especially when pouring a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil on a salad can be so easy and delicious. But just for kicks, my fiance, Jay and I, decided to make today’s featured Healing Recipe for garlic tahini dressing provided by Grail Springs Spa in Ontario.

When you eat salad regularly at home, you need to spice it up a bit to keep you from veering off a healthy streak for a plate of french fries and a milkshake in a desperate attempt at dietary variety. There are five ingredients in this dressing, and the only one I really had to plan for was the tahini. I’d always wanted to experiment with it. The rest of the ingredients — garlic, ginger, red onion and apple cider vinegar are mainstays in my kitchen.

Blending all of these together is all you need to do for a thin, tart and tangy dressing. I think it goes best with a salad filled with assorted beans, feta cheese and tomatoes. I recommend filling a cruet with about 20 servings worth and keep refrigerated. Make the dressing a little creamier by increasing the amount of tahini you use.  You can just feel this garlicky dressing helping cleanse your system. Take some bite off of the apple cider vinegar, which can overpower your taste buds, by substituting half the amount with white vinegar or balsamic vinegar, or adding a little sugar. Letting it sit overnight will thicken it. This delectable dressing took all of three minutes to make!