Creamy Carrot-Ginger Dressing
I am not a carrot fan, yet I find there are times I don't mind them as part of a recipe. They're great in smoothies, pressed juice, maybe a few shredded pieces in a salad are OK, and in desperate times I can even munch a couple of baby carrots, especially if there's hummus involved.
I absolutely HATE carrots cooked with anything because then ALL I can taste is the carrot. The classic slow-cooked pot roast with potatoes and carrots is destroyed for me. But, I happened to have some carrots on-hand for my smoothies and was scrolling through the Perfect Blend recipe app and came across a recipe for carrot-ginger dressing. That one called for the rather generic "vegetable oil" and miso paste (don't like miso) so I made a few changes to "healthify" it and make it slightly more keto-friendly. Don't write me complaining, this is not intended to be a keto recipe and I do not consider my diet overall a keto diet, I just minimize carbs as I know what they do to my body and I prefer to find balance.
As I write this, I realize for the first time that maybe I just don't like them in cooked applications.
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by how creamy and non-carroty-tasting it turned out. Perhaps a bit thick but I left it as-is for now.
You'll want to use a high-speed blender like Vitamix or BlendTec, especially if using whole carrots. You can try it in a regular blender with shredded carrots but I can't guarantee results on that one.
Ingredients* (see note regarding measurements below) | Makes about 16 2Tb servings.
2.25 medium carrots (roughly 5.29oz),cut in chunks or shredded if you don't have a high-speed blender
1.76 oz olive oil
1.76 oz MCT oil (you can use all olive oil)
1.59 oz Rice Vinegar
1.34 oz Maple Syrup (or honey)
.88 oz Tahini
.42 oz Fresh Ginger (roughly 1" piece)
.14 Himalayan or Sea Salt
.02 oz White Pepper
*These measurements are quite weird and precise because I use the Vitamix Venturist v1200 with connected Smart Scale. I don't have to actually measure anything, just start pouring into the jar and between the app and the scale, it tells me when to stop. VERY COOL! If you don't have one just do your best and round up/down according to your taste. Or go get one at Costco. If you're not a member (is that even possible?), I believe it's the same or very similar to the Ascent series available at Vitamix online or at other retailers.
This part's super easy. Just dump everything in your blender jar in the order listed and blend to desired consistency.
If it winds up being too thick for your liking, you can always loosen it by putting it back in the blender with some hot water or more oil and blending to re-emulsify. Play with it and make it your own.
I discovered MCT oil when doing keto last year. It's extracted from the coconut but unlike regular coconut oil it isolates the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are easily digestible and have lots of health benefits. It also remains liquid at cool temperatures unlike coconut oil itself. It's the darling of the keto world and is sometimes used in place of regular coconut oil or olive oil in cooking, and in "bulletproof" or keto coffee along with grass-fed butter (not as gross as it sounds).