Romaine Salad with Sesame Cilantro Vinaigrette

In our March weekend of classes at the Natural Kitchen Cooking School, we were given The Saucy Vegetarian by Jo Stepaniak, a favorite vegan cookbook author and inspiration. One of our assignments was to choose a recipe from the book and to make it this past month. It was a difficult process as there are so many wonderful recipes for sauces and dressings in Jo’s book, but I decided to take the easy route and make a dressing that incorporated ingredients I had on hand. I also was intrigued by trying a dressing that used sesame oil, as that has never been an oil option I considered for a salad dressing. I chose the sesame cilantro vinaigrette which featured ingredients like sesame oil, cilantro, and fresh lime juice (along with a few more) that came together smashingly!  It was tangy, refreshing, and had a very nice savory flavor. I served it over a romaine salad with carrots and toasted pumpkin seeds. Divine!

Sesame Cilantro Vinaigrette
Sesame Cilantro Vinaigrette
Romaine salad with carrots and toasted pumpkin seeds
Romaine salad with carrots and toasted pumpkin seeds

Overall, I’d rate this dish with the vinaigrette as 4 out of 5 carrots on the veganlicious scale! 4carrots