Last week, I was on the phone with one of my best friends (I realize that makes no sense, since best implies one, but just go with it, okay?) and she asked me if I had any ideas for zucchini. Of course my favorite way to eat zucchini popped into mind and I sent her Health Bent‘s Paleo Pad Thai. In return, she sent me a dressing recipe.
Now, you must know, I hate dressing. It’s seems like a lot of work and extra calories. (I’m not one of those skinny minnies for the record…just trying to justify my laziness when it comes to making dressing.) Plus, why eat salad if you have drench it in dressing to make it edible. That just boggles my mind.
Rants aside, this dressing recipe changed my mind. The recipe is for a full salad, but you know me, I barely follow the rules. Given that I didn’t have some of the ingredients and I don’t eat peanuts, I made a bunch of substitutions. So below is my version of the recipe.
inspired by Food 52’s Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Peanut Dressing
- 3 Tablespoons Almond Butter (I used Justin’s Maple Almond Butter)
- 3 Tablespoons room temperature water
- 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon honey (this is my friend’s substitution and optional)
- 1 Tablespoon wheat free Tamari
- 1-2 cloves of smashed/minced garlic
- 1-2 Tablespoons of fresh minced ginger (peel first please)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Mix all the ingredients together and pour over your salad of choice.
My version was actually a bit of an accident because I read the original recipe wrong. So you’ll see a lot more ginger and garlic in my version. I’ve also forgotten to put the honey in and it’s a lot more zingy. In fact my sister and I prefer the honey free version. We get enough sweetness from the maple part of the almond butter that we have. Finally, I have a tendency to just approximate and throw together what I remember from memory. Tastes good every time.
Final note, I think that blitzing all the ingredients together in a blender would make the dressing extra creamy. I haven’t tried this one yet, but there is a thought for you. (Edit: The original instructions say to make the dressing in a blender…I did not read carefully the first time around…so, not such an original idea.)
I love that this dressing is all sorts of good ingredients thrown together in a tasty drizzle worthy dressing.