Question – how many bottles of expired salad dressing do you have in your refrigerator right now? If your fridge is like ours, it is the cold dark place where salad dressings go to die. Once full of flavor and promise, a bottle of dressing quickly gets shuffled among seemingly endless amounts of condiments and toppings, either rattling around in door or pushed to the back along side abandoned storage containers and empty jars of pickles.
After throwing out one too many forgotten bottles, I eventually stopped buying dressing altogether, determined instead to make homemade fresh dressings in reasonable (and usable) volumes. Homemade salad dressing is one of the easiest things to make, and it tastes better than store bought options. But I need my dressings to come together in a flash… no time for chopping or measuring a ton of different ingredients. Thankfully this tahini dressing requires no dicing or slicing!
For this recipe, I am assuming you already have tahini in your fridge. But if you don’t, drop everything and go get some! It is so good and definitely isn’t just for hummus. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds which lends a wonderful nutty but subtle flavor and makes things very creamy. Tahini also makes excellent cookies…check out this recipe or this one if you’re interested.
You can find tahini at most grocery stores nowadays, and many Middle Eastern restaurants/grocery stores sell it also. For Kzoo folks, Schwarma King on Drake is where I find mine and I swear it is the creamiest tahini ever.
As you can see by the pictures, this is a thick dressing, which I’m all about. I like my salad components to be well coated in dressing, but if you prefer a thinner consistency just add a little more water to thin.
I love this dressing on almost any salad but one of my favorite combinations is a salad with greens, roasted sweet potato, avocado and roasted chickpeas. All the flavors and textures are so satisfying! After I took these photos, you better believe I dove head first right into this salad and didn’t look back.
I hope you give this dressing a try! You won’t regret it, and you will save yourself from wasting another tragic bottle of salad dressing.
Be Happy, Be Healthy!