I recently mixed up a batch of this versatile, flavorful dressing/sauce — it’s quick and easy and gives real depth of flavor to everything it meets. Try it as a salad dressing (thin with additional oil, if needed), toss with warm chickpeas for a sort of deconstructed hummus, slather on grilled fish, or heck, just use it as a dip for whatever suits your fancy. Here, I tossed a few dollups with some whole wheat spaghetti (for lack of soba noodles), piled on top of herb-flecked salad greens, and topped it all with a piece of roasted wild salmon and sprinklings of chopped green onions and peanuts.
Recipe: Tahini-Mustard Dressing
1/2 cup tahini
1/3 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Taste and adjust with more mustard, if desired. Keeps well in the fridge for about a week. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
The whole thing paired beautifully with a bright Chardonnay, so here are a few of those that I’ve tasted lately — all at $20 or less. Enjoy!
Handley Cellars 2010 Chardonnay Mendocino County ($20). I just loved the lemony snap here — accenting pretty white peach, green melon, mineral and light cream flavors that linger nicely on the clean, complex finish. A lot of wine for the money, and absolutely delicious. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-3 years. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Carmel Road 2010 Chardonnay Monterey Liberated ($16). This no-oak Chardonnay offers a crisp, juicy mouthful of sleek, aromatic citrus — lime, tangerine — and notes of smooth apple and tropical melon. With a clean, bright finish. Nice value, too. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area. (2012-06-19)
Bridlewood 2010 Chardonnay Monterey County ($15). Strikes a nice balance between bright fruit forward, oak that stays in the background, and just enough creamy mouthfeel. With pretty tropical melon and ripe Asian pear fruit up front, touches of lemon drop and lime midway through, and finishing up with spice and creamy vanilla that lingers nicely. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Recanati 2010 Chardonnay Galilee ($15). A nice choice for an everyday Chardonnay, with its fleshy yellow peach, ripe apple and citrus fruit generously accented with yeasty notes along with touches of nutty oak and clove. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Alamos 2010 Chardonnay Mendoza ($13). Ripe and rich, like an apple and nectarine cobbler, but with a brightness that saves the day. Light citrus, toast and brown spice notes through the finish. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area. (2012-07-12)
Parducci 2010 Chardonnay Mendocino County Small Lot Blend ($12). A nice little surprise, and at a bargain price. Offering crisp pear and apple, touches of tropical citrus, and a smooth, lemon-curd laced finish. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.