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.
200 grams (organic) tofu
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|