Makes 1 cup
This is a refreshing summer dressing for tossed salads and noodle salads.
3 level tablespoons toasted sesame seeds or 3 tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons umeboshi paste or minced umeboshi
2 tablespoons light sesame or olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Juice of 1 - 1 1/2 oranges (to taste)
1 teaspoon minced green onion or chives (optional)
Toast sesame seeds (if using) in a dry skillet over medium heat for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring constantly. When seeds are fragrant and begin to pop, remove from pan to prevent them from overcooking and becoming bitter. Blend first 5 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Mix in scallions or chives (if desired), and chill for 30 minutes before using.