Oh my Goddess
It’s the tryptophan. That’s the amino acid in sesame seeds that makes people want to pour Annie’s Goddess Dressing onto everything, not just salads. Tryptophan releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter, so, yes, Goddess is playing with our brains, and that’s why it tastes addictive. For a change of junkie pace, Bon Apétit has a recipe for a tumeric-tahini dressing. For a less sour yet punchier, spicy vinaigrette that’s equally as welcome on a salad or rice bowl, try it with these alterations: a quarter-cup of tahini, one-third cup of rice or apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, half a teaspoon of ground turmeric, one-eighth teaspoon of cayenne, 1 teaspoon of ginger juice, and three freshly crushed cloves of garlic—or just one if you have a date. Mix it all with a bit of salt and pepper and release the goddess—and the serotonin. But not the addiction.