This dressing/sauce is purely inspired by the restaurant Real Food Daily. It’s their house dressing, and the recipe can be found in their cookbook. Eating at RFD gave me the idea that you can make some simple tasty meals by pouring a dressing like this over various things, such as grains and steamed vegetables. It’s also good with a salad of chopped raw vegetables. We had it most recently with quinoa and steamed cauliflower, and also a salad of Vitamix-chopped cabbage and carrots. The dressing has a sesame seed base, with a few additions to make it more flavorful. The RFD cookbook uses tahini, but I used whole sesame seeds because they’re cheaper and more convenient, and the Vitamix quickly turns them into tahini.
*I used the same hulled sesame seeds that I use for hummus, but a lightly toasted them in our toaster oven.
**The RFD cookbook uses 1 Tbsp, but for my taste that’s excessively salty. You can always add more at the end.
Blend on high until smooth, about 40 seconds, and serve. The dressing will keep in the fridge for a few days, and it’s pretty versatile, so you might want to make a double batch.
This worked well, and I plan on exploring other Vitamix dressings to pour over a range of foods to make them more interesting and flavorful. Beyond cauliflower, other vegetables to steam include greens, broccoli, carrots, and green beans. For a more varied salad beyond cabbage and carrots, you could add lettuce, baby greens, cucumber, and/or beets.
For a discussion of how to use a Vitamix to chop vegetables, see my coleslaw post.
For another sauce that can be used similarly, check out this savory cashew sauce.