I love salads. When I don’t feel like cooking or spending more than 20 minutes in the kitchen I usually grab some veggies and make a badass salad. In order to make your salad stand out and be more interesting than the annual mixed salad for bbq to pretend you’re eating kind of healthy, you should try to add at least 1 or 2 ‘special’ components that give your salad a nice touch. That could be anything from exotic veggies, cheese or nuts and seeds to dried fruits.
What is also very important is a proper dressing which does not overlay the taste of the salad ingredients but adds to them. This is why I’d like to introduce you to a new component, you might want to have in your kitchen at all times. I’m talking about sesame paste also known as Tahini. It has a very specific, strong and bitter taste (you should not try to eat it pure 😉 but adds a very unique touch to sauces and dressings (you can also make a very nice ketchup with it). I usually mix it with water, which takes some time as the paste is, well … pasty, and gooey ^^, add some other spices (paprika, cumin, curry, oregano – whatever you like), salt and sometimes chili sauce (sambal). It makes a quick and delicious sauce for a vegetable fry-up or noodle dish. Or a salad 😉
Just to make that clear: Tahini has a very unique, peculiar taste and not everybody might like it. My first tries with Tahini failed miserably and I didn’t touch it for weeks. But now, whenever I don’t really know what to cook, I simply add some tahini to my fried somethings and it’s awesome! So don’t be shy and embrace the unkonwn 😀
For this salad I used up all the leftovers I had in my fridge plus some highlights I found in my supply closet → divine pine seeds! Pine seeds just make everything better. Really. If you find them too expensive you can also try roasting some sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Any kind of roasted seeds is quite brilliant.
Enough talk. Here’s the recipe
- Totally up to you, add whatever you feel like; this is what I had in storage
- Cooked beetroot
- Some cherry tomatoes
- Feta cheese
- Pine seeds or any other kind of seed or nut
- Olive Oil
- White wine vinegar
- a dash of lemon juice (always goes well with Tahini)
- 1-2 tbs tahini (start with less and add more if needed)
- a pinch sugar
- other spices to taste (I used some turmeric)
- Dice the vegetables into bite-sized pieces
- Roast the pine seeds in a pan without oil carefully until they become a bit darker (don't go away while doing this, they burn easily)
- Mix the oil (2-3 parts) and the vinegar (1 part) in a jar
- add the lime juice and sesame paste and stir if thoroughly. If it doesn't blend well add some more oil or water
- Add the salt, sugar and spices and stir again. Pour it over your salad and enjoy it right away or let it soak for a while.
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