Fall Dressing: Turmeric and Tahini: The Antioxidant-Rich Dressing
Turmeric and tahini are both celebrated for their unique profiles of phytonutrients, compounds found in plants that are known to support health. Turmeric’s most prominent phytonutrient is curcumin, a compound that has been extensively studied for its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin is credited with numerous health benefits, including potential protective effects against chronic diseases, improved joint health, and enhanced brain function.
On the other hand, tahini, made from ground sesame seeds, is rich in lignans, specifically sesamin and sesamolin. These lignans have antioxidant properties and can aid in lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Additionally, tahini is a good source of phytosterols, which have been associated with cholesterol-lowering effects. Together, the phytonutrients in turmeric and tahini make them potent food choices for supporting overall health and wellness.
Make ANY Salad or Veggie Bowl Exciting with These Flavors
We had been trying different versions of the dressing for some time. And by chance we also happened to be part of the NOMA taste buds club which has been a great addition to our kitchen. Recently we had a shipment that had an elderflower piso which is similar in process to miso that you can find in supermarkets. I decided to add that to this dressing and it was just wonderful.
I hope you get a chance to roast some veggies soon and put this Turmeric and Tahini dressing on top. It brings a broad range of flavors that are really enjoyable. AND will turmeric, sesame and miso, there are many gut healthy components to this.
I find that it will keep in the fridge for several days and even deepens in its flavor. You can try other herbs to add in as well to get a broad range of flavors.
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By swapping out traditional ingredients with vegan alternatives, we can enjoy our favorite foods with fewer calories, less saturated fat, and more fiber. For instance, this dressing can become almost like a cheese sauce with turmeric and the addition of nutritional yeast.
Incorporating seasonal vegetables not only brings a refreshing variety to our plates but also boosts the nutritional value of our meals, as these vegetables are often at their peak in terms of nutrient density when eaten seasonally.
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What is in Season?
Here are some delights from our recent visit to the farmer’s market that I made this bowl with. It was a spectatular visit to the farmer’s market. We are most definitely very lucky here in California to have a nearly year-round growing season. There is an abundance that flows through each market cycle that makes it very inspiring to be in the kitchen. I am delighted to know that there are many seasons to come with a lot of variety in each one to explore and be inspired by.
Recipe: Turmeric and Tahini: Antioxidant-Rich Dressing
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Anti-oxidant rich salad dressing filled with amazing phytonutrients for gut health and immunity.
1/2 cup tahini (well-stirred)
3 tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
1 garlic cloves (optional)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1–2 tsp miso paste (optional)
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or honey (adjust to taste)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for some heat)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Water, as needed to thin
Combine Ingredients: In a bowl, mix together tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, ground turmeric, ground cumin, maple syrup or honey, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and pepper. I love using the small whisk that is great for mixing in glasses seen in my fav gadgets link.
Adjust Consistency: The mixture might be quite thick. Slowly add water, a tablespoon at a time, whisking after each addition until you reach the desired consistency.
Taste and Adjust: Taste the dressing and adjust seasonings if necessary. If you’d like it sweeter, you can add a touch more maple syrup or honey. If you prefer it tangier, squeeze in a bit more lemon juice.
Store: Transfer the dressing to an airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Shake or stir well before using.
This dressing is versatile and can be drizzled over salads, grain bowls, roasted vegetables, or even used as a dip for fresh veggies or pita bread. Enjoy!
Keywords: Turmeric, Tahini, Vegan, Dressing
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