Salad dressings

I had a request on Facebook for healthy salad dressing recipes – olive oil with vinegar and spices is a great beginning, but there are so many possibilities! One of my favorite “dressings” is about 1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s papaya-mango salsa and a couple of tablespoons of eggplant hummus. Trader Joe’s carries that, but I also make my own:

Eggplant Hummus

355 grams    eggplant

2 cloves    garlic, chopped

2 Tbs    sesame seeds, ground

1/2 cup    garbanzo beans, cooked

2 tablespoons    lemon juice

1/4 tsp    sea salt

1/4 tsp    freshly ground black pepper

pinch    cayenne pepper

1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2 Rinse eggplant, prick in several places with a sharp knife and place in a baking pan. Bake until skin is soft and dark (50-60 minutes). When cool enough to handle, cut in half and spoon pulp into a colander. Let stand for 5 minutes then squeeze out excess moisture.

3 In a food processor, combine pulp with the rest of the ingredients except the seasonings. Puree to a smooth paste and season to taste. You can also add 1 tablespoon of parsley and 2 teaspoons of mint. When properly seasoned, place in a bowl, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve warm.

Servings: 22

Yield: 330 grams (11.75 oz.) serving=1 tblsp (15g)

Nutrition (per serving): 20.4 calories; 32% calories from fat; 0.8g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 22.9mg sodium; 39.6mg potassium; 3.0g carbohydrates; 0.8g fiber; 0.7g sugar; 2.2g net carbs; 0.7g protein.


Another favorite dressing for salads is a tahini dressing that I put together to try to recreate the one they serve at Dharma’s restaurant in Capitola, CA:

Tahini Lemon Miso Dressing

1/2 cup tahini

2 tablespoons lemon juice

3/4 cups water

2 tablespoons barley miso

1 teaspoons cumin seed, ground

1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 clove garlic

1/2 teaspoon tamari

1/2 teaspoon salt


Servings: 12; 2 tablespoons per serving

Nutrition (per serving): Calories 66.51; Total Fat 5.54g; Carbohydrates 3.04g; Dietary Fiber 0.50g; Protein 2.08g

This is a good reminder to have some salad today – yesterday I went quite overboard on fruit!


4 responses to “Salad dressings”

  1. Hello, Selene!
    Your website is SO beautiful! I hope to visit often to glean from and you and to be inspired! Warm Hugs!!!
    ~Sally : )

  2. I have been working on re-creating the tahini sauce from Dharmas. I think they use roasted garlic in it. Just wanted to throw that out there. I am making a new batch again tonight.