Of all the things I ever thought I could make a salad out of, I must admit, peanut butter was never on the list, but let me tell you, this dressing is a freaking revelation!
The way it came about was a recent trip to Byron Bay with a bunch of mates old and new, and a trip to a gorgeous little falafel place called Orgasmic Food. It was early on the Saturday night after a big 10-person game of Ultimate Frisbee on the beach and we were all starving, that we found this gem and had the best dang falafel and tahini sauce that I have ever tasted. I mean, tahini is great, it’s a fantastic source of calcium and vegetarian protein, but its just not something I’ve completely enjoyed the taste of, until I tasted the gorgeous Orgasmic dressing these guys created. We loved this place so much we even went back the next day for another feast (and the gorgeous girl at the counter remembered who we were and made jokes accordingly – love her!).
But hang on Miranda, what the heck has this got to do with peanut butter? Well, it’s quite simple actually, I was craving some of this dressing (of which, the lovely Heather asked for what was in said dressing and shared said information with me) that I had to make myself some. Without tahini, I resorted to peanut butter (and while I will admit that this is nowhere as delicious as the Orgasmic original, it’s pretty damn good!).
So, if you have it/can’t eat peanut butter/want to try it, replace the peanut butter with tahini – it will be fabulous! Otherwise, peanut butter that shit up, because peanut butter is awesome!
1 heaped Tbl natural smooth peanut butter or tahini
1 clove crushed garlic
2 Tbl pickle juice (ie. the juice from a pickle jar. Yes really!)
Juice from 1 wedge lemon
Water if needed
Sumac (I didn’t have this, but it is in the original Orgasmic recipe, so I recommend it)
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and pour over your salad.
Chop up the above ingredients into 1cm chunks (even the rocket and sprouts), plus a small chopped up pickle, and maybe some sauerkraut and put into a bowl or container. Add a source of protein (try chickpeas or beans – if tinned, ensure you thoroughly rinse those babies, felafel, chicken, eggs, salmon, kangaroo strips, lamb, turkey, beef) top with the dressing, maybe a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and a sprinkle of dried chilli flakes for heat.
This is such a refreshing and satisfying salad, that you just know you are doing your body some good by eating it.
Do you use any ingredients in an unexpected way that is just so delicious? Let me know in the comments below.