I used to work at a TexMex restaurant in college and they had this salad that I loved. It was roasted veggies on top of a bed of lettuce with this tangy, creamy dressing. I’d always order it when I was working a double because everything else on the menu made me want to take a nap. That salad inspired this one.
I was really please with the way this came out. That dressing was amazing and I will definitely be experimenting more with using tahini in dressings now that I have a whole jar of it in my fridge.
Adapted from Chocolate and Zucchini
- 1 small head of broccoli
- 2 large zucchini
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped
- 1 head of red lettuce
- 2 good handfuls chopped fresh herbs: cilantro, chervil, chives, and flat-leaf parsley all good choices
- 1 rounded tablespoon tahini
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt & Pepper
- Olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Cut the broccoli into even-sized florets. Peel off any tough part on the stem, cut it lengthwise into four long logs, and slice not too thinly.
- Cut the ends off of the zucchini and cut in half lengthwise then cut the zucchini in 1/2 inch slices on the bias.
- Toss the broccoli and zucchini in a bowl and pour in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and toss to coat. Add more if you need to so that the veggies are all coated. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add pepper to taste.
- Put veggies in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until broccoli is charred at the edges.
- While the broccoli is roasting, prepare the dressing. Put the herbs, tahini, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.
- Stir with a fork to combine, and add a little fresh water, teaspoon by teaspoon, stirring all the while until you get a creamy but not too thick dressing. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- When the broccoli and zucchini are cooked, transfer to the bowl, add the avocado, and toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning again.
- Roughly chop lettuce and put on plates. Top with the dressed roasted veggies. Enjoy!