Happy early Thanksgiving! Assuming most everyone has their holiday recipes gathered up, featuring plenty of indulgent and filling plates that will leave most of us in a nice food coma for the later half of this coming Thursday, I’m bringing you a salad. A light, fresh, cleansing, give-life-back-to-me-I-ate-too-much-pie salad. For the sake of raw enzymes and in the name of nutrition, I make a point to eat a HUGE salad loaded with raw veggies every other day. This combination has been a new favorite of mine the past few weeks, and so I am passing it onto you here. Hopefully it will help give you the nutrient boost you need this weekend to prepare for all the decadence that is to follow with the new holiday season beginning next week (Eeeeee! Bring on CHRISTMAS). Let’s feed our bodies well and keep a balance this holiday season with cookies and… salad.
Tid Bits: You can use whichever lettuce and veggies you love, just finely chop or shred as many as you can muster and toss together with this dreamy tahini. Don’t be scared by how much tahini dressing/sauce this makes, it goes fast – because it goes well on everything (steamed broccoli, roasted potatoes, veggie burgers, shredded veggie slaw, burritos, etc.). Scott and I have yet to find a type of food that doesn’t become even tastier with a drizzle of this stuff. Maybe we’re a little tahini crazy. But don’t hate till you try.
Radishes thinly sliced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup tahini
1 1/4 cups water
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
To make the dressing, blend all the above ingredients together. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. When adding the water, begin with just one cup and then add one tablespoon at a time until the dressing is thinned out to your liking. This makes around 2 1/2 cups of dressing. Store in a tightly sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. Use it on everything.
For the salad, take a handful of each of the ingredients and toss in a bowl with a drizzle of tahini dressing. I tend to make this salad HUGE. Toss some sunflower seeds or pepitas on top for some added crunch (and nutrient boost) or some crisped tempeh to take the protein level up a notch.