Shaved Apple and Romaine Crunch Salad


  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce
  • 1 sweet apple like gala or pink lady
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • For the salad dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Couple cracks of black pepper
  • 2-4 tablespoons water


  1. Use a slicer or mandoline to thinly slice the apple. Place the slices in a large bowl and squeeze some lemon juice over the slices to prevent them from turning brown. Slice the romaine thinly and add it to the bowl along with the remaining salad ingredients. Set aside.
  2. For the dressing, add everything but the water to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add enough water to loosen the dressing so it's able to be poured. Check for seasoning; you may need a little more salt or lemon juice.
  3. Keep the dressing and salad in the fridge until ready to serve. Right before you dress the salad, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a couple cracks of pepper to the romaine mixture. Toss the salad with just enough dressing to coat everything, making sure not to over-dress the salad. Once the salad is dressed, it must be eaten and cannot be stored in the fridge.