Moving apartments. There’s the process of finding boxes, fiddling with packing tape, stacking boxes and boxes of really, really heavy boxes filled with records and books, all while wondering if there really is a need to hang onto that silly, kooky-looking, vintage coconut girl purse. Does it stay or does it go? As you can see, I’ve got a lot on my plate right now.
I’m not looking for things to get any more complicated. Which is why I’m glad I’ve got this salad dressing as my new weapon against March Madness. I’m not talking basketball here, in case you thought otherwise. You know that tiny salad compartment tucked away in the corner of your bento box from that sushi joint around the corner? This salad dressing is kinda like the one you’d find at Japanese sushi restaurants – it’s sweet and earthy and bright. It looks like a ray of sunshine (trust me, Vancouver in March needs all the sunshine it can get) and it tastes just as lively.
It does look odd, kind of thick, like pureed carrots, but that’s exactly what it’s got going for it. Plus ginger, and lemon and the warmth of toasted sesame. It’s delicious and virtuous at once. It’s like the best tasting vitamin boost ever.
The dressing is lovely poured over a simple green salad sprinkled with sesame seeds. But I think it would be just as nice over steamed spinach. This recipe makes a lot. That jarful? That’s what’s left after 4 or 5 big ol’ salads. So you may want to cut the recipe in half. Or pour it over everything you eat this week.
You’ll be happy you did.
carrot ginger dressing
(adapted from Appetite for Reduction)
1/2 lb carrots, peeled & sliced into 1″ chunks
1 T fresh minced ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c fresh lemon juice
2 T water
1 T white wine vinegar
1 t roasted sesame oil
1 t canola oil
1 t agave syrup
a few dashes of sriracha
1/4 t salt
Boil up the carrots until tender – about 15 minutes or so. Drain and run under cold water until cool. Add the drained carrots and everything else into a food processor and blend until smooth. Thin out the dressing if needed with a little water.