If you need some vibrancy added to your salad, this is the dressing for you! Super easy to make and packed full of amazingly healthful nutrients, this dressing is a winner every time!
Turmeric is a wonderful additional to many dishes due to its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Much research has been done on the properties of this powerful root and the benefits for health, ranging from autoimmune disease, inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis and cancer.
Articles about turmeric often focus on just one phytonutrient compound in turmeric – curcumin. This tends to be the one used in supplements. However, it’s not the only one. As with all plant foods, turmeric contains a range of chemicals called curcuminoids that work together as a team rather than individually. This is when they are the most effective. The challenge is consuming enough to have the same kind of pharmaceutical effect reported in the research. Hence why many people resort to supplements.
That doesn’t mean that eating turmeric in food is a waste of time. Far from it. But rather than just focusing on one element as a treatment (as we do when taking a medicine), it’s forms a key part of the overall powerful effect of a whole-food plant-based diet packed full of fresh rainbow foods, pulses, wholegrains, nuts and seeds.
There are a few things to need to think about when consuming turmeric to get the best from these powerful curcuminoids:
- it needs to be consumed with some form of fat – tahini in this case
- piperine found in black pepper is need to increase the bioavailability of curcumin ie: ensure it is in a form that can actually be absorbed
- the quality of the product makes a big difference when it comes to effectiveness. Turmeric found in the spice isle is not necessarily medicinal.
The last point is important if you are consuming turmeric for its health benefits. I buy mine in bulk online like this one. It may seem like a lot but I use it nearly every day so it’s worth it.
This dressing is the perfect accompaniment to salads and roasted veg, and perks up a bowl of leftovers found in the bottom of the fridge no end! The amounts in the recipe are for two generous portions – if you need more, just double or quadruple the measurements.
I hope you enjoy this marvellous, vibrant dressing as much as I do. I’d love to hear what you think.
Turmeric tahini dressing
- 50 grams tahini
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp garlic granules
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- black pepper
- pinch salt
- Add all the ingredients to a small blender pot and whizz to combine.
- Check the flavour and add more lemon, salt or pepper as desired.
- Keep in an air-tight jar in the fridge for up to 4 days (but you won't!)