My favorite reason to shop at natural foods stores is this:
You are out at a grocery store. You find a product you really like..say..oh, I don't know...a salad dressing. You bring it home and your family really likes it too. The next thing you know you are buying bottle upon bottle of the stuff, your neighbors are starting to look at you funny because your recycling bin has been sitting outside overflowing with greasy empty bottles of dressing. Then one day, the thought comes to you..you can make your own salad dressing! They list the ingredients right on the label, and because this product is made with whole natural ingredients, no complicated chemistry is required (well, nothing requiring an order from the chemical supply store anyway)! This was my experience today with the quintessential natural foods dressing- "the Goddess".
This goddess salad is the best dressed vegan I have ever met. This particular version is loaded with garlic, however, so plan accordingly. I normally put carrots in this salad, but I didn't have any carrots today.. sprouts are good in it too.
In a little cuisinart mixer (or whatever chopping device you have) blend the following:
3 Tbsp canola oil
1 T water
1 T tahini (sesame butter)
1 T cider vinegar
1/2 lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 diced green onion or some chives
Taste the dressing, but resist the temptation to drink it.
Cut up 1/4 head of green leaf lettuce into bite sized pieces. Dice some purple cabbage (use equal amounts purple and green). Add about 1/2 cup celery, 1 cup small pieces broccoli, and 1/2 cup chickpeas. Dress the salad.
I had a really hard time waiting to start eating this until the picture was taken. Really, it was torture.
Christina's vote: "Pleasure in each bite. Vampires will keep their distance with this one"