What better to top your salad than… more vegetables?? Trust me on this one. This golden emulsion brings bright flavor and creamy texture to whatever salad is lucky enough to find itself underneath.
I fell in love with this concoction during my grad school years in Miami. I did my share of apartment-hopping during those years, but for the biggest chunk of time I lived in a teeny-tiny South Beach studio, which happened to be nearby a neighborhood cafe that specialized in empanadas and salads (Go-Go Fresh Food, FYI!). Because empanadas have a special place on the list of Grant’s all time favorite foods, it was our go-to lunch stop when he came to Miami for weekend visits. I didn’t mind at all, because Go-Go introduced me to the Most Addictive Salad Dressing of All Time, the carrot-ginger perfection that tops their “Superfood Salad.” Over time we probably ate every empanada on the menu, but I wouldn’t allow any variation to our salad order. I was a salad tyrant, and I’m not even sorry.
Fortunately, I’m now able to recreate the magic at home. As a vehicle for the dressing, I assembled a vibrant bowl of nutritious crunch inspired by the original. Today my superfoods of choice were spinach, purple cabbage, chickpeas, red bell pepper, broccoli, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds. It would also be fantastic tossed with a crunchy Asian-style slaw – just wait to dress the veggies until you’re ready to serve, to prevent the texture from becoming grainy.