Monday, June 2, 2014

The Pin that Started it All, and My Paleo Tahini Salad Dressing Recipe

Hello blog world! This is my first blog post EVER! So, here it goes ... When I signed up for Pinterest, my goal wasn't to get hundreds of followers and likes, it was to have an excellent source for new recipes, DIY projects, and to ultimately feed my shopping addiction. So when I pinned a particular pin on Pinterest, and, as of today, 711 people repinned it, I was flabbergasted. That may not be a big number to some of you out there. But for little ol' me who has 63 Pinterest followers, it was huge!
Paleo Tahini Salad Dressing
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It got the wheels turning in my mind and fed the "What if I started a blog?" idea, which I've had in the back of my mind for awhile now. I follow more than 500 blogs on Bloglovin', and love getting my daily dose of the blog world. I have a dog, follow the ever-growing Paleo lifestyle, and enjoy writing - important things for having a blog these days. So, I decided to start one of my own ... about 6 months ago. It has taken me that long to fully commit to the idea. But, alas, here is Homegrown State of Mind. Check out my About Me page if you would like to learn more about me. ;-)

Now, as many other pinners of Pinterest do, I pinned the recipe and never actually made it. I liked the thought of it, and it sounded easy and yummy, but I never made it. Until now. I tweaked some things and created my own Paleo Tahini Salad Dressing, which, by my picky standards, is absolutely delicious. Do yourself a favor and go make it! Here is the recipe:

Paleo Tahini Salad Dressing Recipe
Modified from original recipe here.

1/3 cup Bragg Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos
1 tbsp organic lemon juice
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt (or any sea salt)
4 fresh minced garlic cloves
1 tbsp raw honey (or any local honey)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
a dash of ground pepper
1/4 to 1/3 cup filtered water (optional)

1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor, and mix until smooth. Done. Easy-peasy.

It's a thick dressing. If you prefer a more liquid consistency, add the filtered water.

This is delicious over a salad, but like most salad dressings, it could be put on anything. I like it as a dip, too. Slather it on sweet potato chips or fresh veggies for a delicious, nutritious snack.

I kept mine in a mason jar with a lid in the fridge. It didn't last long, however, because it was so yummy. But I would guess this could be kept refrigerated for a week or so. Keep in mind that if you use the coconut oil, it will harden a bit in the fridge, so let it come to room temperature before using.


Thanks for reading! Do you have a go-to Paleo (or clean) salad dressing recipe?

I'm linking up with A Southern Fairytale this week for Mouthwatering Mondays, and The Baking Beauties with Allergy Free Alaska for the Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday Link Up. Check them out!

Also, I'm linking up with Tessa the Domestic Diva for Allergy Free Wednesdays, Katie Did What for Healthy Habits Thursday and Yes Deer for Southern Gals Throwback Thursday link up!

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  1. Thank you again for linking up!! It also took me a while to take the plunge, but so glad we both did!! That is awesome your pin was repined so much, whoop whoop! I need to eat healthier, maybe you can help me with that :)

  2. Yummm that sounds seriously delish! I'll have to try. And congrats on starting a blog!!! It is seriously so much fun.


  3. Love to be in, on the ground floor, and always in the market for bloggers who are grain and sugar free (well, mostly.) Primal/paleo rocks! Good luck!

  4. Hello Julie! I found your blog through the 3 Southern Gals link up party. Love your post! I have been contemplating the Paleo lifestyle for a long time now. (I have A LOT of weight to lose). Your post has inspired me. :)

  5. I've only recently found out about the Paleo lifestyle/diet (I live in Italy and it isn't really popular/talked about here!) and I'm so excited to try out this recipe... now I've got to go find all the stuff! Found you via 3 Southern Gals Throwback!

  6. Julie, I can't believe you've only been blogging like a week! Pinterest is the bomb, and 700+ repins is awesome to me too. I completely agree with the appalause button, wouldn't that just be awesome?


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