Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Paleo Goddess Dressing

Hooray for the unofficial start to summer! As I mentioned last week, I am in major salad mode, and also in the mood to eat a little lighter this evening after a few indulgences over the weekend...

Back when I still purchased bottled salad dressings, goddess dressing was my favorite. There are two green dressings that go by the same name, one being an herbal mixture and the other a creamy dressing with tahini and soy in its base. I loved that latter, which I gave up on years ago after going gluten-free.

My favorite version of the dressing is Annie's organic, although Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have respectable house-brand takes on it as well. In trying to get the most authentic results, I whipped up two batches today.

While the first 100% paleo-compliant version is quite tasty, I thought the coconut aminos didn't give quite the right flavor. I made a second batch using gluten-free organic tamari. I definitely tasted a difference, and will make the latter version in the future.

No, tamari is not technically paleo, but I don't get worked up over one teaspoon of it, particularly when it's gluten-free and organic. If you avoid soy at all costs, though, I still recommend the version with the coconut aminos (even if it doesn't taste as close to the real thing).

Paleo Goddess Dressing

2 tbs. sesame oil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
3 tbs. toasted sesame seeds
3 tbs. chopped green onions
small handful parsley
juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tbs.)
1 tsp. coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari
2 minced garlic cloves
salt & pepper, to taste

Blend all ingredients well, either in a blender (for a smooth texture) or with a whisk.

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