Sweet/Spicy/Creamy Salad Vinaigrette

I’ve been trying to eat more veggies lately. Namely raw organic veggies. Have you noticed how vegetables are like a garnish in a lot of american food? How backwards we are, how unhealthy! The wealth of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, NUTRIENTS in raw veggies is unparalleled, and there is SO much variety out there! I haven’t gotten too creative yet, but I plan to make some salads using vegetables and ingredients I have never had before, just to give them a try! Exciting stuff. Part of this journey will be making my own healthy salad dressings. I love a simple olive oil and balsamic, but what I don’t love is processed junk in commercial salad dressings. Read the ingredients. Less is more. Ok this recipe uses a trader joe’s vinegar, but the ingredient list is short and sweet. Low in calories as well, but high in flavor! Experiment and make your own dressings!

-2Tbs plain greek yogurt
-1tsp tahini (ground sesame seed paste)
-1tbs Orange Muscat Vinegar (from trader joe’s; you could use any vinegar, but this one has an amazing sweet flavor!)
-1/4 lemon juice
-1/8tsp oregano
-1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (if you like spicy)

Blend all ingredients, pour over an awesome salad.

Pictured is a salad of arugula/kale/spinach topped with beets, sunflower seeds, broccoli, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, and avocado. Drizzle dressing over the top and you could be done right here. Or add a big scoop of Savory Tuna Salad for a hearty meal.

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