Update: That oil-free dressing compilation I mention below?… now available!
For the past year or two I’ve been coming up with a slew of new salad dressings. All whole-foods based, all delicious! Things have been so busy with my new book (promise, details soon!), mothering, and other projects that I haven’t had a chance to properly organize or even post one of these recipes. Until today!
This Maple-Chipotle Chickpea Dressing is made with a base of chickpeas and a touch of tahini. It is naturally (easily) oil-free, and is also gluten-free and (obviously) dairy-free. I love this dressing. I created it one day with some leftover chickpeas, and was immediately hooked! I especially love it over steamed kale (steam the kale leaves just like the collards), along with hot quinoa and a mix of seasonal veggies.
For the photo we used sweet potatoes and avocado with the kale and quinoa, and I’ll tell you this combination with the dressing makes a pretty wicked lunch bowl! It’s so nourishing and wholesome, and every bite hits a little different flavor note that’s just so scrumptious! Also, it’s a substantial dressing with a fairly thick texture, which ‘clings’ nicely to salad ingredients.
There are many ways to make salad dressings and sauces without oil, using nuts, seeds, avocado, and even applesauce! I’m thinking of putting together a simple, inexpensive ebook with maybe 10 recipes. Would you guys be interested in this idea? Please chime in if you are. I think it’s a fun idea, but need to know if it’s worthwhile. So, let me know what you think!
And, of course… also let me know how you like this recipe. Enjoy, guys!
Maple-Chipotle Chickpea Dressing
A creamy, flavorful dressing made with a base of chickpeas and flavored with maple syrup and the smoky essence of chipotle!
1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 – 1 tbsp tahini (adjust to taste, 1 tbsp will give a richer, fuller flavor)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp sea salt
2 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp chipotle hot sauce (I use Tabasco brand; can use more if desired!)
1/4 cup water, or more to thin as desired
optional: 2-3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
In a blender (I use the Blendtec twister jar), add all ingredients except the cilantro. Puree until very smooth (this will take less than a minute in a high speed blender, may take several minutes in a standard blender). Taste, and adjust with additional lime juice, sweetener, or salt as desired. If using the cilantro, stir through. For a thinner dressing, add a touch more water and stir through. Serve! Makes about 3/4 – 1 cup dressing.
Another shout-out to Emma for assisting with these beautiful photos!