Kevin: Let’s talk about salad again. Like you said, it’s sometimes tough or you get bored with salad. What are some of the things you can do to spice up some greens in a salad?
Nomi: I really think the secret of the salad is the dressing. I remember when I worked at Hippocrates, Annamarie Clements was speaking and she told us about a young girl who was very ill and was really having a hard time. They don’t just eat salads; they have a ton of sprouts in them. She said to Annamarie, if only her favorite dressing could be in it she’d be able to eat it better. They went out and bought it for here. It wasn’t even that healthy a thing. It helped to get it down. So it’s terribly important that it taste well.
So here’s a quick one that you can just make in a bowl. I call it Orange Tahini dressing. Use half a cup of fresh orange juice. Look, people are going to go out and buy Minute Maid or whatever that stuff’s called, and use it. I wouldn’t but you do the best you can for yourself at each moment. If that’s the best you can, in other words if you can’t make yourself squeeze an orange, russian grocery store which is a little hard for me to grab my brain around, I know that, especially when you’re starting out, you might recommend fresh orange juice and a couple of tablespoons of raw tahini. Tahini is made out of sesame seeds. It’s just like peanut butter only it’s made with sesame seeds. It’ll be hard to find in a grocery store or health food store raw and if your health food store has it and it says it’s made out of toasted seeds then go up and say, could you please get this for me in raw, because the same companies that make it toasted also make it raw. Half a cup of OJ, two tablespoons of raw tahini, grate a little piece of fresh gingerroot. You can buy an inch long piece of gingerroot at the grocery store. You don’t have to buy the whole chunk. Just break it off, stick it in a baggy and they’ll charge you whatever it is, 29 cents or whatever. Quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of curry powder, a pinch of sea salt.
Just put it in a bowl, whisk it with your fork and toss that over your salad and it’s very, very yummy dressing. Then I’ll tell you what I use whenever I have a salad. It’s not all raw, but I’m not all raw. I used to be all raw. 100%.
I use a little bit of balsamic vinegar, which isn’t on everybody’s good food list. A tiny, tiny amount of toasted sesame oil which is definitely not on the good food list but it gives it a wonderful, I like an Asian flavor personally. Then I use a small amount of either flax or hemp oil which I keep in my freezer to keep fresh, a dash of Chinese rice cooking wine, which is called mirin. I always use seaweed if I don’t use big fresh chunks you can get shakers of different seaweeds or kelp at most probably health food stores, and something sweet. I’m talking teeny amounts, like agave or maple syrup. Maple syrup is not raw. I don’t know if agave is.
People say that it is but I find it hard to believe. Then something salty, like a tiny bit of sea salt or nomashoiy which is a soy sauce that’s supposed to be raw. So it has something sweet, something salty and something tangy. That works for me in a salad. Is it a perfect recipe? Absolutely not, but it gets me eating big volumes of salad.