I think a salad dressing can really transform the taste of a dish. And they can be used on pastas, grains, protein, stir-frys, anything. I am always looking for a good dressing or sauce to add to a veggie dish.
Here is one that I love, my husband love, my clients love it – you get the picture.
I originally tried it at Real Food Daily, an AMAZING vegetarian/vegan restaurant here in LA. I loved the restaurant so much that I ran out and got their cookbook and have enjoyed a lot of the recipes included.
This is the peanut sesame dressing (with some modifications that I made myself):
2/3 cups peanut or almond butter
1/3 cup brown rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
¼ cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons of water
2 tablespoons of tamari, soy sauce or braggs
1 tablespoon minced, fresh ginger
2 cloves of garlic (or to taste)
1 ¼ teaspoons toasted sesame oil (keep this refrigerated after opening)
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro flakes (definitely use fresh here – it tastes better)
Seems like a lot of ingredients at first, but I like to just throw all the ingredients in the blender and let it go to work. That makes it fast and easy. I don’t even grate the ginger or chop the garlic.
I make a bunch and put it in the fridge so we can use it throughout the week. It does thicken in the fridge though, so before you use it mix it with some water to make it thinner.
Today I took a couple of spoonfuls of the dressing out, mixed in a little water and poured over my salad. In my salad was: mixed greens, spinach, kale, cucumbers, red peppers, daikon radish, and a little chicken breast. It was so yummy!
Try it and let me know what you think!