Veggie Salad with Smooth Tahini Dressing

You will need:

  • For the Veggie Salad:
    • romaine lettuce
    • radishes
    • carrots
    • snap peas
    • avocado
    • chickpeas
  • For the tahini dressing:
    • tahini
    • maple syrup
    • lemon juice
    • salt and pepper
    • oil (or water if you are eating oil-free)

First, Start with greens of some sort.

This recipe for veggie salad uses romaine lettuce. You can either buy a bag a pre-washed and pre-cut romaine, or you can buy a head of romaine, wash it well and cut into one-inch strips. You will need about eight cups of chopped romaine lettuce.

Next, add in some crunchy vegetables for texture and flavor

I love uses radishes for a little crunch and their slightly sharp peppery flavor. They are thinly sliced though, so the intense flavor won’t be too overpowering in any one bite.

I also like to uses sliced carrots and snap peas. Sometimes my snap peas tend to be a little tough and stringy. Simply “snap” the stem side off and pull the stringy part out. Then cut the snap peas into small one-inch pieces.

Cut the carrots into small bite-sized pieces. Either chop small or slice. Sometimes I buy the carrot sticks and then cut them smaller. I’ve also bought shredded carrots – but you won’t get the same crunch effect.

Now that we’ve got the “crunch” taken care of, let’s talk about the soft and creamy part.

I cut an avocado into small chunks and gently toss in. Remember that avocado will not last long once opened and cut. The rest of the salad can be assembled ahead of time but wait until just before serving to add the avocado.

How to make Tahini Dressing:

This is the easiest and quickest salad dressing you will make. All you need is a small bowl or container and a whisk. Add your ingredients and just give a little whisk to combine well.

  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice fresh or bottled
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil may leave and substitute with water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Make the tahini dressing first. Measure out the tahini, lemon juice, maple syrup, oil (or water), salt and pepper into a small container and whisk until well combined. Set aside. You will whisk again before tossing in with the salad.

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