Creamy Winter House Salad Dressing

This dairy-free salad dressing will help you enjoy dark greens all year long! The secret to it's wonderful taste? Two special ingredients.

This creamy dairy-free dressing has rich undertones from surprising ingredients that make it perfect for dressing salads during the cold winter months.

Lately I’ve been craving big green salads and I’ve been almost obsessed with making this dressing to go over it!

The backstory to this dressing was a beautiful bottle of salad dressing my in-laws gave me from a restaurant up in Canada. My husband and I liked it so much that we were very sad when the bottle was used up. I wanted to create something similar in taste, but their dressing had a long list of ingredients, so I wanted something simpler to make at home. I honed it on two of the ingredients – tahini paste (ground sesame seeds) and tamari (gluten-free soy sauce). It sounds like such a strange addition to salad dressing, and a strange combination too, but it works so well!

When combined with olive oil and vinegar, the tahini adds depth of flavor, richness, and creaminess to the dressing. The tamari adds a more complex saltiness than just salt alone, and a deep satisfying flavor.

These two ingredients appear to be the secret to dressing we enjoyed from Canada, as it does taste very similar, despite being so much simpler.

A word on ingredients:

  • This is a good Organic Tamari brand.
  • Don’t use toasted tahini paste. I’ve been using a wonderful organic tahini paste from Trader Jo’s. This Organic Sesame Paste  looks similar. In the past, some tahini brands have been hard to deal with because the paste had gotten very hard, making it difficult to work with, but this brand and Trader Jo’s shouldn’t be a problem.
  • I prefer raw apple cider vinegar. If you need a substitute, I’d try fresh lemon juice.

I make this in a wide mouth mason jar with a wide mouth plastic mason jar lid (nonreactive lid).

For another dairy-free yet creamy salad dressing, see this other favorite salad dressing that pairs balsamic vinegar and coconut milk. Also, check out my cookbook, Fresh: Nourishing Salads for all Seasons for practical, beautiful salads.

This dairy-free salad dressing will help you enjoy dark greens all year long! The secret to it's wonderful taste? Two special ingredients.

Creamy Winter House Dressing

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 1 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce, if not gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup of raw apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions: 

In a quart-sized mason jar (or container of choice), use a fork to combine the tahini paste and tamari, until smooth. Add the vinegar, and stir until smooth. Add the olive oil and stir again until combined. Put on the lid to the jar, tightly, and then shake to completely combine.

Serve right away, or keep refrigerated. Let the dressing sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes, and then shake to recombine ingredients, if refrigerated. (I keep my dressing in the door so that it won’t harden quite as much as when I put it in the back of my fridge).

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Flourless Plantain Cake (Nut-free and Paleo)

Flourless Plantain Cake - It only takes a couple of ingredients! Nut-free, paleo friendly

This delicious recipe only takes a couple of ingredients, and it whirls up in your blender for a fast clean up. The end result tastes like a sweet egg-y banana bread, or perhaps banana bread pudding. It makes a lovely simple dessert or a sweet breakfast treat.

The plantains provide the starch instead of flour and they also sweeten the cake. The eggs help hold the cake together and add protein and nutrition (as well as flavor).

We’ve been trying out eggs again after years of avoiding them after finding out my daughter and I had a high intolerance to them. So far so good! Unfortunately this recipe is not AIP (Autoimmune Protocol diet) friendly because of the eggs, but once you’ve added eggs back in, make sure you try this out!

A couple of notes on the recipe (created by my friend, Lauren at Empowered Sustenance):

  • I used a full teaspoon of both vanilla and cinnamon in this recipe.
  •  I think a tablespoon of pure maple syrup would add not only a little more sweetness, but also a lovely maple hint in flavor.
  • My husband preferred this cold, I hot, so it’s a matter of preference.

Get the recipe here: Flourless Plantain Cake

If you try it out, let me know what you think!

Golden Milk Ice Cream

Sweet and creamy coconut milk is spiced with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon for a lovely chai flavor, and then sweetened with honey. It makes up a gorgeous smooth dairy-free ice cream. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

I know I’m a little obsessed with Golden Milk right now, but I promise that this newest addition it worth it. Sweet and creamy coconut milk is spiced with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon for a lovely chai flavor, and then sweetened with honey. It makes up a gorgeous smooth dairy-free ice cream.

The added plus is that it’s made with such good-for-you ingredients, like all of those anti-inflammatory spices, and immune-boosting coconut milk.

As you may have noticed, I am working on getting more anti-inflammatory spices in my diet, with my traditional Golden Milk recipe, my savory Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth, and my Iced Golden Milk Latte with Cardamom. I think Golden Milk ice cream rounds up the list nicely.

AIP note: Make sure you use a gum-free coconut milk (like the one linked to below), and if strict AIP (autoimmune protocol diet) leave out the black pepper and cardamom.

This recipe won approval with four out of the five of us. My middle daughter thought it was too strong for her, but the rest of us enjoyed it.

If you wanted to make a single serving of this recipe, you could chill one of the golden milk recipes links to above, and then use this single serve ice cream maker!

Ingredients:

Supplies:

Sweet and creamy coconut milk is spiced with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon for a lovely chai flavor, and then sweetened with honey. It makes up a gorgeous smooth dairy-free ice cream. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Golden Milk Ice Cream (Dairy-Free, Egg-Free)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups coconut milk or coconut cream
  • ½ cup of honey
  • Dash of Salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried and ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoons dried and ground ginger
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (Replace with more ginger for AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out for AIP)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract

Directions:

In a large blender, blend all of the ingredients together until well combined. Freeze in your choice of ice cream makers according to manufacture’s directions. Eat right away, or freeze for a couple of hours before serving.

Note: If serving a day or more after making, leave out on the counter for 10-20 minutes to soften ice cream.

Golden Milk Ice Cream
 
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups coconut milk or coconut cream
  • ½ cup of honey
  • Dash of Salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried and ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoons dried and ground ginger
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (Replace with more ginger for AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out for AIP)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, blend all of the ingredients together until well combined. Freeze in your choice of ice cream makers according to manufacture's directions. Eat right away, or freeze for a couple of hours before serving.
  2. Note: If serving a day or more after making, leave out on the counter for 10-20 minutes to soften ice cream.

 

Iced Golden Milk Latte with Coconut Milk and Cardamom

 Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet.

I’ve been working on getting anti-inflammatory spices in my diet on a more regular basis. This beautiful iced drink gives me not only healthy (and creamy) coconut milk, but the scrumptious flavors of turmeric, ginger, vanilla and is gently sweetened with honey. Leave out if on a strict Autoimmune Protocol Diet, but here I’ve also added one of my favorite spices, cardamom. It adds so much! This is one delicious way to enjoy these spices.

Before I brought you a more traditional Golden Milk recipe, then I brought you a Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth – which is a savory version of the sweet drink. Now I wanted something to enjoy on a hot afternoon, and this is lovely for that.

For other lovely summer recipes check out this list of 41 Sweet and Refreshing Summer Recipes.

AIP notes: Use gum free coconut milk or cream, like the brand listed below, and leave our cardamon and black pepper.

Ingredients:

Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

 

Iced Golden Milk Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut milk or cream (you can thin down with water)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out if strict AIP)
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried cardamom (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-4 teaspoons honey
  • Ice

Directions:

In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk with the spices until just simmering. Whisk in the honey and vanilla extract and remove from heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Fill one large glass with ice, or two small glasses with ice. Pour golden milk over the ice. Stir and enjoy.

Iced Golden Milk Latte with Coconut Milk and Cardamom
 
Serves: 1-2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of coconut milk or cream (you can thin down with water)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried cardamom (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-4 teaspoons honey
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk with the spices until just simmering. Whisk in the honey and vanilla extract and remove from heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Fill one large glass with ice, or two small glasses with ice. Pour golden milk over the ice. Stir and enjoy.