Kripalu House Dressing

Posted on February 8th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

As the Executive Chef here at Kripalu and as a teacher of Kriplau programs about cooking, I receive a lot of requests for recipes from the Kripalu Kitchen. The Kripalu House Dressing has been a guest favorite for years. Enjoy it over salads or steamed vegetables.

Here, John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH, discusses the nutritional benefits of sesame tahini, a star ingredient in the Kripalu House Dressing:

Sesame tahini provides an excellent source of copper—a trace mineral critical for the body’s production of its own antioxidants, which can be more powerful than those we get through our food. Sesame seeds have been used for centuries to help strengthen the liver. Be sure to buy organically grown sesame tahini with the hulls removed by mechanical processing only. It should be stored in the refrigerator and used within four months.

The grape-seed oil option in the House Dressing recipe is a good one. Grape-seed oil is one of the few foods that have been shown to raise “good” cholesterol, and its greatest impact on blood lipid levels is when it’s used raw or as salad dressing. Try to purchase unrefined, mechanically pressed grape-seed oil.


Kripalu House Dressing Recipe

This dressing will keep for two weeks in your refrigerator.

Makes about 2 cups.

1 cup sunflower oil or grape seed oil

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

¼ cup tamari (natural soy sauce)

¼ cup lemon juice

⅓ cup sesame tahini

2 cloves garlic

½ tablespoon dry mustard powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ tablespoon chili powder

pinch cayenne

½ cup water

Combine all ingredients and blend using a standard blender or immersion blender.


About Deb Morgan

Deb, Kripalu’s Former Executive Chef, draws on more than 25 years’ experience in the world of natural foods, including owning and running an organic restaurant and tea shop. Deb is an enthusiastic chef and is author of the Kripalu Seasonal Recipe Book series. Her approach to food and cooking is grounded in a deep belief that love is the main ingredient in a healthful diet.