Like many people, when I used to think “salad” I used to think “boring”. In fact, I distinctly remember at some point in my young adult life wishing that I loved salad as much as I loved chocolate. Well, I still really love chocolate – but I also love salad (maybe ALMOST as much!) ….so wishes can come true! The key was figuring out that salad can mean a million and one things. These days I like to think of “salad” as a blank canvas for the creative cook – different ingredients, cooked or raw, vegetables, grains, tempeh, tofu, seeds, nuts – and the possibilities to dress it? Endless! This is one salad that I made up last year, and I have made it MANY times since then because it’s absolutely delicious, takes minutes to make, and is beautiful too. Oh and healthy? It’s got that covered.
- 1 layer of romaine lettuce
- A handful of purple cabbage, shredded
- 1 stalk of celery, chopped
- A couple of tbsp raw pumpkin seeds, unsalted
- A couple of tbsp dried cranberries
Simple Tahini Dressing
- ½ cup of tahini
- ½ cup of water
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ – 2/4 tsp sea salt (to taste)
- 1 ½ tbsp maple syrup
Put all dressing ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add water to thin as desired. Serve the dressing on the side. Eat immediately and wait for the compliments.