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Citrus Tahini Dressing – Bold and Creamy Salad Topper 100% Nut Free

tahini dressing in clear glass jar surrounded by ingredients used to make this recipe

Veggies taste better when covered with a bright n creamy dressing. My tahini dressing recipe is incredibly simple to create, and can turn a variety of vegetables into saving treats. I originally created this tahini salad dressing for my Chickpea Salad. Yet feel free to use it on the salad of your choice!

It’s too good to limit to just one salad recipe.

whisking tahini salad dressing recipe

Tips for the Perfect Tahini Dressing

Use quality olive oil. Homemade dressing is the perfect time to pull out that high end olive oil in the back of the pantry. You know, the one you found at the artisan oil shop but just can’t bring yourself to use on veggies? I can tell the difference when using different olive oils in dressing, since the amounts are so much more concentrated. So find a good one (you don’t need a big bottle of it!) and enjoy.

Find a brand of tahini you like. Tahini is slightly bitter and definitely has a flavor. So make sure the one you use is one you like! I prefer Trader Joe’s brand. It even comes in a cute jar.

The end consistency should be pourable, not a dip. My tahini dressing recipe would honestly make a great dipping sauce if you cut back slightly on the liquid to thicken it. Yet to make it work well with salads, it has to pour easily. So if you whisk the ingredients together and still can’t get it to run slightly, then add just a bit more oil or water until the proper consistency is achieved.

Great salad dressing is worth the effort!

Easy Ingredient Swaps

If you’ve never tried tahini before then this is the perfect recipe for your first taste test. Tahini is a healthy fat made from ground sesame seeds in Mediterranean dishes. Yet if you know tahini isn’t your thing or you don’t have it on hand just swap in almond, sunflower or cashew butter. Know the end result will vary in consistency + thickness.

Orange juice is used to bring a bit of sweetness to this dressing, yet can be swapped with a Meyer lemon or tangerine.

Tamari is a gluten-free soy sauce. So if you are trying to avoid soy ingredients then swap this out for coconut aminos.

ingredients for a nut free dressing

How to Make A Simple Salad Dressing

All you really need to make salad dressing is an oil + an acid. This typically comes in the form of olive oil + some kind of citrus juice. Then go crazy adding your fav seasonings and flavor enhancers to achieve the result you want. I use fresh orange juice in this tahini salad dressing to provide a sweetness to all the savory ingredients.

Tahini Dressing FAQs

How do you make tahini dressing?

My dressing uses tahini, fresh orange juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, tamari and a bit of minced garlic. It’s citrus-y and super creamy.

What goes well with tahini dressing?

I love the Mediterranean-inspired flavor that goes into this dressing and primarily use it on a my Sweet & Crunchy Chickpea Salad- full of chickpeas, cucumbers, bell pepper, spinach, carrots, and seeds.

What does tahini taste like?

Tahini is made from sesame seeds. It looks like peanut butter but isn’t sweet. Instead it’s got an earthy, slightly bitter taste.

Homemade Dressing Recipes

Pretty much all of my dressing recipes have the same base: oil + acidic. Then I play with seasonings and flavors until I get the perfect combo for that particular salad. Feel free to tweak these recipes to fit your tastebuds, you’re the one who’s gonna eat these!

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Tahini Dressing

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This simple dressing is bursting with bright citrus flavor paired with a nutty tahini cream. It is both oh so good and oh so good for you. Use it as a gorgeous charcuterie dipping sauce or salad dressing. I originally created it to top my Crunchy Chickpea Salad from my Autumn Cleanse.

Total Time10 minutes

Servings2

Ingredients

  • 2 . tahini
  • 2 . orange (juiced)
  • 2 . olive oil
  • 2 test apple cider vinegar
  • 1 test tamari
  • ½ clove garlic (minced)

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together until well combined. Add extra oil or water if dressing is too thick.

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes

  • Tahini can be replaced with sunflower butter, almond butter or cashew butter (though final texture will change).
  • For best results use a good tasting olive oil as you will notice a difference. This IS the time to break out that fancy oil you got on vacation or as a gift!
  • To make this soy-free replace tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) with coconut aminos.
  • This dressing is a great topper for my Sweet & Crunchy Chickpea Salad.
  • Store up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Shake well before using.
  • Tamari is very salty on its own, so no need to add extra salt to this recipe. It might feel weird to omit it, so just tell me you’ll try the dressing before adding in extra salt!

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 228kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 7g (2%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 22g (34%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monnounsaturated Fat: 13g Sodium: 7mg Potassium: 118mg (3%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 44IU (1%) Vitamin C: 9mg (11%) Calcium: 31mg (3%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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A Stress Free Activity – Escape Mocktails

A Stress Free Activity

Both Michelle and I share our experiences with gardening. It’s a stress free activity and way to be outside and with nature. Read more about how Michelle and I enjoy gardening.

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Digging in the Dirt

By Michelle Hereford

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors in my yard. The reason is twofold; I’m still working from home so escaping outside regardless of the weather has become my thing. But also, it’s spring, the weather is great, and gardens need tending.

I have a little courtyard/patio area right outside my front door. I recommend everyone carve out a little seating area outside to read a book and enjoy a beverage. It doesn’t take much, a chair or two and anything you can balance a drink on as a table. It’s been getting warm and nice cool beverage is always welcomed. My beverage of choice lately is a from Escape Mocktails. Their sweet potato vodka is wonderful with orange juice. They actually have many wonderful flavors; I really like the Manhattan too.

Alcohol free sweet potato vodka

Once you’ve carved out your hang out spot if you really want to get with nature, just put in a little elbow grease and creativity and create a lush herb garden. Herb gardens are great because fresh herbs are wonderful to add to any meal and the beauty and fragrance of the plants are a bonus to the senses. A potting shelf filled with fresh herbs is a beautiful sight and you’d be surprised at how much usage you can get from fresh herbs. Besides adding basil and oregano to my spaghetti, I even put sprigs of mint in my lemonade and practically every dish needs a little parsley as a garnish.

Our yard is small, I don’t really have an area that I can devote to a garden, so I used pots instead. A potted herb garden is perfect for those in apartments or condos too. I also wanted instant results, so I went to the produce section of my supermarket (I love this tip because I didn’t have to make a special trip to the nursery) and picked up starter plants of basil, mint, oregano, and parsley for just $2.99 ​​each. I came home and potted them using a potting soil with nutrients and I placed them on a potting shelf in my backyard. They will also thrive on a windowsill in your home. It’s so nice to be able to grab my scissors and snip fresh herbs for my drinks and meals.

I used some of the tomatoes a neighbor grew and shared along with my fresh basil to make these adorable little pizzas. I tried to get the tomatoes and basil to look like cherries. If you look real hard and maybe squint a little you might see it. Lol. This was really easy to make. I used ready-made pizza crust, added pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Then I sliced ​​the tomatoes in half, placing the cut side down. I used the basil leaves and stems as the “cherry” leaves and stems. It’s just a cute little example of how delicious herbs and homegrown veggies can be used to enhance meals. Digging in the dirt is good for you and definitely therapeutic, also the sense of pride you’ll get when you see your plants thriving is real. Time to get some dirt under your fingernails.

Pizza

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Gardening, One of My Stress Free Activities

by Natalie Jones

I come from a gardening family! All of us have flowers in bloom, spend time on the weekend in the yard and have fun planting a variety of plants. I’ve started to involve my daughter in the gardening activities and I can tell she also enjoys being outside and watching the flowers grow. It’s been fun to come home with different plants and watch the blooms. Recently, it was an orange Iceland poppy flowers. I love the delicate petals and the flowers remind me of springtime as a child.

I’ve been replanting areas in both the front and backyard. Being out in the garden is for sure a stress free activity for me. In the front, I had overgrown rosemary plants. The herb is great as a ground cover and for cooking. The herb is my favorite in dishes like lamb and other Mediterranean foods. The rosemary went wild so I had to take it out. I planted more succulents, cactus and colorful plants. I keep things more low maintenance in the front yard. For the backyard, I’ve updated some plants in pots with more colorful blooms. From the dining table, I can see outside. I wanted to see more colorful plants. Seeing bright, colorful areas makes me happy! See a picture of the colorful blooms I have below.

Like Michelle, I have an herb garden. I’ve had mint that keeps coming back each year. That stuff is so easy to grow! I have 3 different types of mint. The mint is great for snipping off for photos in mocktails. I also have oregano, basil and rosemary. Herbs are a great way to add flavor to things you are eating and drinking.

We made our version of homemade pizza and I added basil and Italian seasoning to mine. My daughter is a little picky with food flavors so I made my own pizza sauce. It was so easy too! I took tomato sauce and tomato paste and mixed the two together until I came up with a thicker sauce. For her sauce I just added salt. Since the tomato sauce and paste had no other added ingredients, I didn’t have to worry about the flavor being something she didn’t like.

We also like to make mini pizzas so these crescent rolls are perfect since they are small! I use them like pizza dough and they come out more flakey. Instead of rolling up the dough, I just flatten it out and cook it for a few minutes. Then, I top it with the sauce and toppings. It’s also fun to have my daughter in the kitchen cooking with me. She’s a great helper and a good way to introduce her to different types of food and cooking. Cooking is also a stress free activity for me!

For our mini pizzas, I enjoy an alcohol free Lagunitas.

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Ways to Celebrate Your Wedding Alcohol Free

Ways to Celebrate Your Wedding Alcohol Free

Weddings are a perfect time to toast to a beautiful future with the one you love. However, the planning process isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. There are so many decisions to make!

One of the most infamous wedding debates is whether to have an open or cash bar, but what if you’d prefer your wedding to be alcohol free? You’re not a party pooper at all! There are so many advantages to adry wedding. Here are ways you can celebrate your wedding alcohol free!

Why have a dry wedding?

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to have an alcohol-free wedding, here’s a whole list of reasons why you should!

  • Your super friends will thank you!
  • You want yoursuper friends to be able to enjoy your special day, instead of feeling pressured to drink.

  • It’ll save you money.
  • Hosting anopen bar can be expensive, because alcohol and appropriate staffing/licensing is pricey! A dry wedding will save you significant money.

  • Your drunk uncle won’t embarrass you in front of your friends.
  • Everyone has that friend or family member that drinks a little too much at weddings, which takes the focus off of what the day’s really about.

  • You won’t out of your pregnant sister-in-law
  • Okay, but in all seriousness, weddings can be stressful for women who aren’t ready to announce that they’re pregnant, because they’re in their first trimester. Making the day alcohol-free reduces that stress on any moms-to-be.

  • It’s just as delicious if you pick the right drink menu!
  • Having a wedding sans alcohol doesn’t mean that your drinks won’t be exciting. There are many strong non-alcoholic options, like mocktails, that will still make your day feel like a special occasion.

    Ways to Celebrate!

    The best way to celebrate your wedding alcohol-free is to have drinks so incredible that your guests don’t even notice they’re not drinking alcohol! You can accomplish this by having some killer mocktail options.

    Something borrowed, something blue

    If you’re an old fashioned kind of bride, why not serve up an alcohol-free version of an Old Fashioned? OurOld Fashioned Mocktail has everything you love about the original drink: orange bitters, sweet sugar, a twist of orange, and some heat sans actual whiskey.

    Timeless and classy

    What’s more classy than a Manhattan? Analcohol-free Manhattan, of course! Our Manhattan mocktail is sweet and savory with the flavors of bourbon, bitters, orange, and just a bit of sweet cherry.

    Rustic and quirky

    Rustic, quirky weddings are more popular than ever. AMoscow Mule Mocktail is an unconventional choice that will compliment the atmosphere you’ve curated with the flavors of vodka and ginger.

    Once you’ve found yoursignature mocktail, make sure you stock up on non-alcoholic beer and wine. Much like mocktails, non-alcoholic beer is trendy right now, because you get the taste and craft of beer without the commitment to calories. Your wedding is your day, so if being alcohol-free is going to make you and your spouse the happiest, go for it! Congratulations on your big day!

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    How to Have an Alcohol Free Baby Shower

    How to Have an Alcohol Free Baby Shower

    How to Have an Alcohol Free Baby Shower

    Let the mom-to-be feel comfortable and as the host of a baby shower serve mocktails for that special lady and her guests! Giving up drinking can be a challenge. I knew that drinking alcohol was not an option when I was pregnant, but I still wanted to feel like I could celebrate with a drink. I remember being at a bar for Halloween and pregnant. It wasn’t great to order a Shirley Temple. I felt like a kid. Now, we have such better options to enjoy a pretty drink that is alcohol free!!

    There are so many exciting ways to celebrate the new arrival. Jess shares with us some ways on how to have an amazing alcohol-free baby shower!

    Don’t make it about the alcohol.

    Sometimes gatherings like baby showers can get a little awkward, because the guest list is made up of a modge podge of people from the expectant mom’s life: friends from college, close work colleagues, her relatives, and her partner’s relatives. To ease the social anxiety, have activities where people don’t feel awkward not knowing all the guests. To get everyone talking and into the party, play collaborative games that spark a little friendly competition. Having an activity will help others to get to know each other.

    Tryclassic baby shower games, like “Guess the Baby Food” where party goers smell unlabeled food and try to determine what’s inside. The team with the most correct guesses wins the game! If the baby shower is co-ed, play something like “The Price is Right” where you have to guess the price of baby items. Buy fun prizes for winners, like gift cards, to get everyone invested.

    Also, a seating chart would help so it encourages those who don’t know each other to feel more like they’ve met a new friend.

    Theme it up, baby!

    Everyone likes a good theme! It can inform choices in decor and food! Who knows, it might even give mom a few ideas about how to decorate the nursery. You don’t have to just go for the typical pink or blue theme. Mix it up with a woodland animals theme with beautifully garnishedrustic appetizers Served on reclaimed wooden plates or maybe even a beach theme complete with a sandy photo op station. Consider looping mom in if you get really creative with the theme to ensure she’ll love her special day.

    Appeal to her sweet tooth.

    Has the mom-to-be been craving sweets? Well, give her what she wants, it’s her special day! Sugar, spice, and everything nice, make her a baby carrot cake or get fancy with strawberry (for girls) and blueberry (for boys) milkshakes. These can be sweet, delicious and fun!! They are a great way to celebrate summer baby showers and since they are ice cream and milk based, the mom to be can still feel like she’s celebrating the fun way!!

    You know what that mama needs? A mocktail!

    Just because there’s no alcohol at this babyshower doesn’t mean the drinks won’t be on point! If mama’s missing a mojito, try out our Escape Mocktail mojito mocktail! It tastes just like a mojito without alcohol. A mocktail should really hit the spot and still adhere to doctor’s orders. If you’d rather mix up your own, no worries! You can make a special mocktail for the babyshower using ournon-alcoholic spirits, like spiced rum, tequila, or mezcal. With a great specialty mocktail, guests won’t even notice the alcohol isn’t there.

    You don’t need alcohol to throw a great babyshower. The day can still be filled with fun and flavor with the right theme, games, desserts, and drinks. What are you waiting for? It’s time to celebrate before the stork drops off the new arrival!