View Full Version : Salad Dressings - what are your favourite concoctions?
09-18-2005, 10:53 PM
I'm new to this and want to try a nice raw salad for lunch tomorrow, and I'm wondering what your favourite salad dressing recipes are?
If I use sunflower seeds, should they be soaked overnight?
Flax seeds don't need to be soaked, they just need to be ground like in a coffee grinder, right? I heard somewhere that if you don't grind them you don't get the full benefit (I forget why??). :o
Thanks so much! :)
Can I just say I've only been here a couple of days and you guys seem like an awesome (or should I say rawsome??) group of people!
09-18-2005, 10:58 PM
This is my new fav dressing
6 Tbl Tahini
1 c. water
3/4 c. Nama Shoyu
3/4 c. scallions
3 Tbl flaxseed oil
3-4 Tbl honey
3 Tbl grated ginger root
3-4 cloves garlic
3/4 tsp Chinese 5-spice
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Toss all ingredients into blender and blend!
Make about 3 cups.
- from Nomi Shannon's "The Raw Gourmet"
At our local natural foods store, Ozark Natural Foods, you can find the Chinese 5-spice under "5-Spice" - Denise
09-19-2005, 02:28 AM
I've nothing as fancy as Nomi's - though.. does look very good since I'm quite partial to oriental-style foods ( love that sesame oil !)
Some time last week, I'd decided to make a dressing out of "vegetables", figuring that I didn't want all of the oil anymore..and what could be more healthful than blended veggies/fruits over veggies? I had no idea this had already been done and done a great deal! - I just read Gosia's dressings with fruits a few minutes ago. Here's all I did to start:
One medium-sized red onion
raw vinegar ( use sparingly until you like the balance )
a little sea salt ( don't really need much if any )
Blend until you're satisfied and you like the consistancy.
Reseason to your own taste.
Use and refrigerate. It will keep for several days.
You could experiment putting all different sorts through your blender/processor until you come up with your own "gourmet" sauce/dressing.
This actually starts making sense after you do it several times. I think you instinctively know where to turn..and where to change directions after a while.
If you find Gosia's website recipes, she has several there that match fruits with tahini. wow.. that sounds so good. Tahini can have a bit of a lingering taste - I think sweeting it would even this out. I have to try that!
And, I wish I'd read her idea on Halva before I attempted my first batch.
09-19-2005, 04:39 AM
This is what I've been mixing up:
Simple yet elegant :p
09-19-2005, 10:16 PM
Thanks guys!!! These recipes sound great... Nice big salad for lunch tomorrow! :)
If I sprinkle sunflower seeds in my salad, do they need to be soaked? Or is it just nuts that need to be soaked and dehydrated for better digestion?
09-19-2005, 10:43 PM
a few weeks back, I was throwing together a quick and nameless dressing/sauce... I accidentally made what tasted just like Blue Cheese Salad Dressing. I'll try to remember what I put in it...
Pumpkin Seeds - ground
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
bit of Agave or Honey
Dried Ground Pepper (I used cayenne)
mix well, but leave raisins a bit lumpy. it's rich!
... btw, this was used on a raw pasta salad dish~
09-19-2005, 10:44 PM
My favorite salad dressing, is simply olive oil and lemon juice, I also mix in herb flowers, looks beautiful and tastes great.
My favorite salad is sliced tomatoes, sliced white onion, sliced pepper, calamata olives, and maybe a tad of greens, but not necessary, If I have fresh basil or oregano etc, I toss in that too.
09-19-2005, 10:50 PM
This one is from instant raw sensations:
Blend with a some water. You can use more or less water depensing on what you like.
09-20-2005, 12:36 AM
Iam sorry I don't have an answer to your question about sesame seeds and flax seeds. Although I don't think you need to soak sesame seeds but I could be wrong, I know there is a thread about both these seeds as well as other nuts/seeds etc, if you go to the little banana at the top of the screen, click on that and type in "seeds" etc until you get the information you need.
Hope you enjoy that salad, sounds nice :)
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