Creamy Curry Dressing

Ever since eating the Creamy Curry Salad at The Elk my senior year of college I’ve been in love with curry as a salad dressing base. I tried to recreate it in my younger years, but each attempt yielded very little pleasure to my palate. But last week when I visited Winthrop, WA I encountered yet another creamy curry dressing. Only this time coconut milk was involved.

Be still my heart!

I spent my last evening in Winthrop dissecting the dressing, trying to determine what the ingredients were. Upon returning home, I quickly got to work in my kitchen, adjusting ingredients until I had the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any coconut milk in my pantry, and I was too lazy to run to the store. So I used honey instead, and it worked quite well. But next time I think I’ll sub half the Greek yogurt, and all of the honey, for an equal amount of coconut milk. If you test it out before me, let me know how it tastes.

Creamy Curry Dressing

Serves: 3 (4 TBS; 1 TBS + 1 tsp per serving)

Nutritionals: Cal: 40, Carb: 5g, Fat: 2g, Pro: 1g

Ingredients

3 TBS Greek Yogurt

2 tsp Lemon Juice

1.5 TBS Honey

1/2 tsp Curry Powder

1/4 tsp Sea Salt

1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper

1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Directions

Combine all ingredients, except EVOO, and mix well. Slowly add EVOO, mixing until emulsified. Serve over your favorite salad or use to marinade your chicken, fish, or tofu.

I chose to make a creamy curry salad mixture, which I used as a filling for a wrap (with the best tortillas ever) the first day, and as a salad my second day. Watch out, this is a two-fer recipe post!

Creamy Curry Garbanzo Salad

Ingredients

2 TBS Creamy Curry Dressing (above)

2-3 cups Spinach

1/2 Cup Garbanzo Beans (rinsed, drained)

4 Grape Tomatoes, diced

2 TBS Walla Walla Sweet Onion, diced (can sub red onion)

2 TBS Orange Bell Pepper, diced (can sub red or yellow)

1 oz Goat Cheese

Directions

Combine all ingredients, coating well with the creamy curry dressing. Split evenly between two tortillas, or add more spinach and eat as a salad.

What is your favorite curry recipe?

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My favorite sauce/dressing/marinade

I used to hate cold pasta salad. Cold broccoli, pepperoni, olives and bell pepper in a creamy sauce? No thanks. But then I started to experiment, tossing recipes into the wind and attacking my kitchen with reckless abandon.

And the perfect sauce/dressing/marinade was born.

Lemon mustard sauce

Ingredients

2 TBS EVOO

1 garlic clove, minced

Juice from 1/2 a lemon (or lime) or 2 TBS lemon juice

1 TBS stone ground mustard

Dash of salt/pepper

 

Directions

Combine all ingredients, wisk until olive oil is emulsified. Toss with your favorite pasta and veggies, quinoa and veggies, or marinade your chicken for grilling.