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Baby Cos and Crouton Salad with Smoky Tahini Dressing

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This simple and easy baby cos salad with crispy onion bread croutons and smoky tahini dressing is perfect as an appetizer or even as a light lunch. If you want to get fancy, top the salad with roasted chicken, steak, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, or chickpeas. The salad is also extremely versatile. It calls for baby cos lettuce, but feel free to use your favorite greens.
While this salad may make the meal, but croutons make the salad. These crunchy bite-sized onion bread cubes taste amazing after soaking up the smoky tahini dressing. However, if you have wheat allergy or on a diet that limits carbs, then use gluten-free bread, or low-carb bread to meet your dietary requirements.

Smoky Tahini DressingSalad
  • 90-100 g Tahini
  • 80 ml Water
  • 1 tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, zested or finely minced if not using a blender
  • 1 tsp Maple syrup
  • 1/3-1/2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 slice Crispy fried onion bread, cut into cubes
  • Sea salt
  • 2 Baby cos lettuce, cut into wedges
  • 2 Spring onion, cut into thin rings
  • 1/2 Sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp Toasted sesame seeds, to garnish
  1. Combine all ingredients for the dressing in a bowl, and whisk until fully incorporated. Taste and adjust salt as necessary. Cover and chill until ready for use.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan and toast the cubes of bread until golden and crispy. Remove and drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with salt.
  3. To serve, place the baby cos wedges, spring onion and diced sweet pepper on a serving plate. Drizzle some of the dressing over. Scatter the croutons over the top and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

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J.P. Alexander 6/9/21 03:19

Se ve muy rica la ensalada. Gracias por la receta, te mando un beso

savorthebest 6/9/21 05:13

Terrific salad! that belongs in a 5 star restaurant

Tisa Jacob 6/9/21 07:12

The ingredients themselves are top class and you combine them all so beautifully. I love this!

delphine 6/9/21 07:16

Quelle belle salade cela doit être un délice
Belle journée

babYpose 6/9/21 08:09

Looks delicious and nutritious, when i see sesame oil, i must put in the shopping list, sure cube breads taste good.

Margaret D 6/9/21 08:21

That does look delicious. Often make croutons to use with various things.

Nancy Chan 6/9/21 08:39

Your salad looks beautiful and delicious. I am sure hubby would eat this type of salad.

Pedro 6/9/21 10:28

Delicious dressing and ideal light dish. Usually prepare baby cos lettuce in salad for dinner.
See ya!

2pots2cook 6/9/21 10:47

Absolutely delicious as every other salad you make !

Nammi 6/9/21 10:48

Lovely! I should try serving Cos salad leaves like this , I always tear and separte the leaves.

DEZMOND 6/9/21 13:07

I'd really like to try your onion bread!

Bernadette 6/9/21 13:51

Your tahini dressing looks amazing. Can't wait to try it.

speedy70 6/9/21 13:53

Ottima insalata, che gusto!!!!

The Velvet Runway 6/9/21 14:17

This looks so delicious! I love tahini dressing!
Julia x

Paola 6/9/21 14:38

Bello il tuo blog! Mi sono aggiunta ai tuoi lettori fissi.

Brian 6/9/21 15:01

That looks like a happy salad and the dressing sounds so good!

Mijú 6/9/21 15:03

Que rica tu ensalada :-))))

Ben | Havocinthekitchen 6/9/21 15:07

Beautiful salad with some lovely flavours and textures here. And as a huge fan of tahini dressings, this is right up my alley!

Anca 6/9/21 15:47

I love the look of this salad, especially with that delicious tahini dressing. I would pour tahini over pretty much everything. :)

Kitchen Riffs 6/9/21 17:07

This is nice -- wonderful presentation, and looking at the ingredients I'm betting this has terrific flavor. Thanks!

Jeff the Chef 6/9/21 18:07

I love tahini dressing, and have been loving salads even more than usual, lately. Thanks!

Maria Grazia Ferrarazzo Maineri 6/9/21 18:47

A perfect dressing for a perfect dish, Angie. As always, of course!
A big hug,

foodtravelandwine 7/9/21 02:09

It looks so tasty and healthy!!.....I love it!!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

Rose world 7/9/21 06:34

I like toasted croutons on my salad. Add that texture and taste to the salad. Yummy.

The Yum List 7/9/21 09:55

This salad sounds so crisp and fresh.

David 7/9/21 18:08

Angie, Great looking salad. I would add a bit of chicken, carnivore that I am. I had to look up "baby cos" as I had no idea that it is another term for baby Romaine lettuce. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Julie 7/9/21 18:27

Wow!! I would like to have the whole platter, looks yummy!!

lisa is cooking 7/9/21 19:09

The smoky dressing sounds delicious! So do the croutons. I'm wishing this could be my lunch today.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 7/9/21 20:00

That baby lettuce is adorable! I hadn't heard of that variety before. The dressing sounds wonderful too!

Eva Taylor 7/9/21 21:19

This looks incredible, our temperatures have gone back up so we're back into eating salads. I love the tahini dressing, always so flavourful.

lea 7/9/21 21:34

Bellissima da vedere e buonissima da gustare! Un'insalata che rallegra la tavola! Sempre speciali i tuoi piatti, buona serata!

Marissa 7/9/21 22:25

Everything about this beautiful salad is calling my name, Angie! The crunchy lettuce, crisp oniony croutons and that smoky tahini dressing all sound incredible!

Federica Simoni 8/9/21 08:14

Ottima insalata da provare!!!

Pam 9/9/21 18:15

Great combination of flavors and textures.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews 10/9/21 09:30

Great presentation, as always!

I adore croutons, either as a crunchy addition to a salad, or added to a bowl of winter warming soup, which turns it into a meal in itself :)

gluten Free A_Z Blog 11/9/21 12:15

It's amazing how many different ways and flavors we can enjoy a salad. This salad looks lovely and the smoky tahini dressing sounds wonderful. The quote about England is quite funny..

Marcelle 11/9/21 23:46

I have a huge bottle of tahini that I need to use up and I can't wait to try this salad dressing! This is a great salad, Angie and the pictures in this post are gorgeous!!

Noob Cook 22/9/21 11:05

I love tahini, so I definitely will enjoy this salad very much.


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