RecipeGinger-Turmeric Tahini Dressing

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories:
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Total Fat: 4 g
    • Unsaturated Fat:  3.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0 g
  • Total Sugar: 0 g
    • Natural Sugar: 0 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 30 mg
This recipe is a spin on my classic tahini dressing, with a uniquely feel-good twist. In this version, I incorporate two spices that help lower inflammation and ease aches and pains. Its pain-fighting powers come from a dynamic duo of spices, ginger and turmeric. Ginger, an aromatic addition, lends a sweet, pungent flavor. And turmeric, an earthy, woody spice (a staple in curry recipes) transforms the classic beige coloring of tahini into a vibrant and playful yellow (just be careful to avoid getting the turmeric powder on your fingers or fancy napkins because it can leave a neon trail that is tough to get off). Also, like most salad dressings, this one includes extra virgin olive oil, a standard of the health-famed Mediterranean Diet. In addition to providing healthy fat, EVOO also boasts oleocanthal, a phenolic compound shown to help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.

You’ll notice
I add a dash of black pepper to the mix; don’t skip this step as the pepper helps boost the absorption of turmeric, and of course, adds extra flavor, too. The end result is a tasty topping for salads, bowls and roasted veggies! 
  • Prep time
  • Total Time
This recipe makes heaping ½ cup
Ingredients:
• ¼ cup tahini (make sure it’s well blended before measuring)
• 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon turmeric
• 1 teaspoon ginger
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• Pinch black pepper or more to taste
• 2 to 3 tablespoons warm water
Preparation:

Mix the tahini paste with olive oil, lemon juice, turmeric, ginger, salt and pepper until well combined. It will begin to thicken substantially. Next, add the warm water (start with 2 tablespoons and add the 3rd if you want a thinner consistency) and continue to mix until it becomes a smooth dressing-like consistency. Season with extra salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition information provided per tablespoon.

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