Sunday, February 23, 2014

Best salad dressing ever! Tangerine, wasabi, chipotle, sesame, ginger


Best salad dressing ever! Super Healthy too. 
The ingredients are not traditional and you can either get them at various ethnic stores or online. I have been using a lot of dried pomegranate seeds lately. This is not the same variety of pomegranates that we normally find fresh in grocery stores. It's used in indian and a persian cuisine. The seeds are dried from a sour type of pomegranates. The antioxidant content is at the top of the charts. It's surprisingly higher than acai and goji berries! It also makes for a great salad dressing ingredient. VERY HEALTHY!
Another unusual ingredient is the wasabi powder. The one I used is from Penzey's. I randomly walked into their store in Santa Monica and got a few things that are hard to come by. Needless to say a Japanese ingredient. 
Chipotle - dried smoked mexican hot peppers. I get them at health food stores, online or mexican stores. They add a smokey flavor to any dish. They can be mild or hot. 
Aleppo pepper is a type of mild, sweet, oily pepper. It's rich and bright in color. It comes from Aleppo, Syria. It's superior to any pepper I have ever tried. I randomly bought it at an Armenian store not thinking much of it. It turns out it is the most gourmet mild hot pepper out there. Its a bit salty and oily. I am pretty sure it's from the way they process it. It's flavorful and sweet with a slowly building heat. It is not a must but if you happen to see it in your store definitely try it out. It creates a great presentation when sprinkled over zucchini "fries", potatoes, salads, etc.
Kumquats can be substituted for oranges and orange zest.
Jamaican Jerk is a combination of ginger, brown mustard seeds, onion, allspice, garlic, paprica, thyme, fennel seeds, black pepper, red pepper, cloves. OPTIONAL
Tofu can be substituted for boiled garbanzo beans. Tofu gives it a nice creamy consistency. 





Ingredients

1-3 tangerine
3-4 carrots
200 grams (organic) tofu
4-5 kumquats
a  slice of fresh ginger
chipotle or hot peppers to taste
a dash of ceylon cinnamon
2 tbsp (freshly) roasted sesame seeds
tamari sauce or soy sauce to taste 
stevia (optional) or (palm, cane) sugar
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp pomegrante seeds
1-3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp flax seed
a dash of jamaican jerk spice
2-3 tbsp of aleppo pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon of wasabi powder
water to achieve desired consistency

Blend in a high power blender. If you don't have a high power blender make sure you grind the sesame and flax first. Boil the carrots so they blend to a smooth consistency. 





DRIED POMEGRANATE SEEDS

Dried Pomegranate Seeds

2 comments:

  1. Sounds so yummy!! I have to try this!

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  2. delicious! I may never reach for the ranch dressing again!:)

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