I mean, who doesn’t love a simple salad?
It’s kinda like that feeling when you have been away from your kitchen for too long…traveling or on vacation…and all you wanna do is get into your own kitchen to enjoy a clean, fresh salad.
Am I right?
You know, it’s the simple plain Jane salad that we all love- but this time with a bit of a twist with a fancy poppy seed dressing.
So, go ahead and say hello to my new favorite lunch.
Lately, I’ve been inspired by using seeds and nuts in my salad dressings. I’ve always used them to toss into my salads but I thought, well why not use them in the dressing instead?
I’d like to say I’d serve this dressing in a few different ways- which is all the more reason to whip up a batch so you can use it for the week on your other favorite dishes…
As a marinade for your chicken or tofu.
As a dip for your gluten-free crackers and crudites.
Or just served as a dressing atop grilled veggies.
This beautifully dressed salad is perfect for the summertime, which is right around the corner. Yea.
I just served it last week to my clients with cute little tooth picks and a platter of freshly sliced apples and jicama. Let’s just say they were beyond ecstatic.
Yes, you heard me correct. They were ecstatic over fruit and dip.
I mean, fruit n’ dip is comforting for a reason. Next time I may add some cilantro, too…I think it may add a sweet jolt to the overall dish, but this dressing alone is lick-your-plate good.
Plus, does eating a fresh simple salad with a fabulous dressing make anyone else feel like a goddess?
Mmmm. I thought so.
“Plain Jane” Salad with Poppy Tahini Dressing
Gluten-Free and Vegan
For the Salad:
- 4 cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 large Roma tomato, sliced
- 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cucumbers, sliced
For the Dressing:
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
- 1 cup green tea, brewed
- 2 Tbsp. grapefruit juice
- 1/6 tsp. sea salt
- 1/6 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
- For Salad: Arrange all salad ingredients in a large serving bowl. Place into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- For Dressing: Place all ingredients in a blender; pulse until smooth. Transfer to a sealed container. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
- Pour dressing over salad right before serving.
I’m off to Chicago for the weekend to speak at the Gluten-Free Expo. Hope to see you there!