Rather than top salad or dip veggies in ranch dressing which provides few healthy nutrients, use salad dressing and dips as a way to make your meal healthier. Fermented miso paste is a great thing to keep in the fridge to add flavour (umami) to sauces, dressings and marinades, not to mention making miso soup! Tahini is a sesame seed paste that is rich in healthy fats, calcium, potassium and fibre. Just a tablespoon of each of these pastes adds an extra 6 grams of protein to your meal.
¼ cup miso paste
¼ cup tahini
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
Boiled warm water to thin
Combine equal parts miso and tahini pastes then add lemon juice and garlic. Thin with boiled, warm water to a drizzling consistency.
Drizzle on a buddha bowl, salad or use as a veggie dip or a salmon marinade.
Recipe by Nicole Fetterly, RD