The Creamiest, Most Versatile, Endo-Friendly Salad Dressing
To manage the inflammatory symptoms of endometriosis, an anti-inflammatory diet is often advised. This is normally a diet rich in plants and low in processed foods - cue salads.
You might eat a lot of salads on an endometriosis-friendly diet and while there are infinite delicious salad combinations to experiment with, they can seem naked without a dressing. But unfortunately, salad dressings can undo all the good anti-inflammatory work the salad is doing. Store-bought dressings can be full of sugar and high in salt, as well as processed and artificial flavorings and preservatives, so if you want something a bit creamier than a classic vinaigrette, you should make your own. That's where tahini comes in.
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds that makes a great, creamy salad dressing. It's rich in minerals and sesame oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.1 It's high in fiber, protein, and fat so it'll fill you up more effectively and keep you fuller for longer.
As I said, tahini does have a high fat content and relatively high omega-6 content, so should be enjoyed in moderation. I use this dressing regularly in a number of different variations, some of which are below.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Ingredients for endo-friendly salad dressing
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- splash of water
- pinch of salt
Add the following to the above base, or experiment with your own.
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp inulin syrup (or other sugar-free syrup)
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp dijon mustard
- Squeeze lemon juice
- Dash Worcestershire sauce
- Black pepper to taste
Salty and Smokey:
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tsp tamari soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp garlic granules
Directions for endo-friendly salad dressing
- Mix tahini, oil, and just enough water to reach the desired consistency
- Stir in any herbs, spices and extras
- Season to taste and enjoy!
- Narasimhulu C. Anti-Atherosclerotic and Anti-Inflammatory Actions of Sesame Oil. J Med Food. 2015;18(1):11-20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4281857/. Accessed August 16, 2021.
- calories: 299
- fat: 30.1g
- protein: 5.1g
- sodium: 35mg
- sugar: 0.2g
Disclaimer: Endometriosis.net cannot guarantee a recipe that has been scaled to make a different number of servings from the original.
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