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Tahini-Turmeric Dressing

This is the best EVER oil-free dressing. It makes a huge batch because I put it on everything, but if you want to just make a little, you can easily half or quarter the recipe, no problem.

The turmeric really adds a depth of flavor and spiciness I love, plus added health benefits. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, great to consume in the winter months to help fight off the flu, bacteria and colds. It’s also an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals, is linked to improved brain capacity, lowers your risk of heart disease and can even help protect against cancer. If you are suffering from arthritis or depression, curcumin in turmeric has shown to be helpful as well.

Ingredients

Scale

1 cup (2.5 dl) tahini
3 ea. Lemons, zested and juiced
1 cup (2.5 dl) water or less depending on viscosity if dressing
¼ cup (70ml) maple syrup
2 Tablespoons Tamari*
1 Tablespoons ground Turmeric or 2 Tablespoons fresh Turmeric grated
2 Tablespoons Sambal Olek**
salt to Taste

Instructions

Blend everything in a high-speed blender until creamy, adjust water content for desired consistency. Store in an airtight container – keeps in the fridge for up to a week.

*You can find tamari in the same area of the grocery store as soy sauce, it’s very similar, just gluten-free as it doesn’t contain wheat. Additionally, it’s slightly richer in flavor and a tad more viscous than soy sauce.

**Sambal Olek is an Indonesian chili sauce or paste often readily available in gourmet markets, Asian and even larger grocery stores. It’s typically made with crushed chilies, lime juice or vinegar and salt but check on the back of the container, as some brands may contain shrimp. It’s quite spicy but not overly so – one tablespoon is equal to a small, chopped jalapeño