Crunchy Veg Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Recipe for Crunchy Veg Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing – Healthy, delicious and very filling. Chock full of crunchy vegetables, I challenge anyone to eat this salad in fewer than 20 minutes.

  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, sliced crosswise
  • 1 large carrot, sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium apple of your choice, chopped
  • 1/2 cup jicama, chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeds removed, and sliced into half moons
  • 3/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons toasted shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tablespoons toasted chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
Lemon-Tahini Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • several shakes of salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons water, or as much as needed
  1. In a large bowl, add all of the salad ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients (except water). Slowly add water one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Pour dressing over salad and toss until well coated. Garnish with additional parsley, coconut, and/or almonds, if desired.
  3. Feel free to add some grilled chicken, turkey, or tofu for added protein.