Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Gina's Herb Salad with Tahini Dressing

Last month my classmate, Gina Pagano, and I teamed up to provide information on how to heal through foods. One of the recipes Gina sent me was for a fresh herb salad. This week, I finally found time to make it, which was a good thing because we're in the midst of finals and a nice cleansing salad is exactly what my body needs right now. (Chocolate peanut butter pie, which I may have made this weekend, was so not what my body needed!)

Fresh Herb Salad
Recipe Adapted by Gina Pagano from The Jewish Heritage Cookbook (Lorenz Books, 2002).
Not only does this Middle Eastern-inspired salad taste fantastic and exotic, but the individual components also work together to provide numerable health benefits. Parsley has cleansing, diuretic properties, while mint and turmeric cool inflammation.  Cilantro, garlic, and lemon aid in detoxification. 

1/2 cup tahini
3 garlic cloves, diced
juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste
water (1/4 - 1/2 cup)
pinch of ground cumin
pinch of ground turmeric
pinch of ground cardamom seeds
salt, to taste
1/2 bunch fresh mint 
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
1/2 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley
extra virgin olive oil, warmed gluten-free bread, olives and raw vegetables, to serve

  1. Combine tahini, garlic, lemon juice, spices and salt in a large bowl. Mix well, adding in enough water to thin to a dressing consistency.  
  2. Wash and dry herbs. Tear leaves from stems and add to a serving bowl. Drizzle dressing over herbs and gently toss in dressing; readjust for seasoning. Serve drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, with accompaniments or as a side dish.
Serves 4-6 as a side dish.

Variation: herbs may be chopped and tossed with dressing, but I prefer the look and taste of whole leaves.

Iris' note: I loved the idea of using all fresh herbs in the salad, and will definitely be making this often. Tahini is a tad bitter for me, so I added a few drops of liquid stevia to my dressing. I recommend making the dressing as Gina writes it, and then adding a drizzle of honey or liquid stevia if you also want it to be sweeter.

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Kalyn said...

Must Make! No doubt I would love this.

gfe--gluten free easily said...

That salad looks and sounds like something my body would appreciate, too, Iris! ;-)


Carol, Simply...Gluten-free said...

Yum, this sounds so refreshing and delicious!

Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said...

I just made this salad, and it's out of this world! So refreshing, healthy, and satisfying. Thanks for sharing it, Iris!

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