Posted by: dinainsuburbia | February 22, 2015

Kale Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing

Lets talk kale. I love it for so many reasons.. it’s unbelievably good for you. Jam-packed with vitamin A and vitamin C, a good source of calcium, and even a little protein! What’s more, kale is a pretty hearty vegetable. It stands up to cooking, but for the purpose of today’s blog, it make a great salad because you can dress it and marinate it without fear that the kale will get all soggy.

As we’re off sugar and dairy, sometimes it can be a little difficult to find a good salad dressing. Enter tahini. Tahini is made from sesame seeds and can be found in your ethnic aisle (or nut/seed butter section) of your grocery store. Paired with lemon & garlic, it makes a gorgeous dressing or dip (equally good on a regular tossed salad or spooned atop a piece of grilled chicken or salmon).

Kale Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing

  • 1 16 ounce bag of chopped kale greensFullSizeRender-3
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of scallions chopped (white & green parts)
  • 1/3 cup sesame tahini
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • juice of 1 1/2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons warm water

In a large bowl place your chopped peppers, scallions, and kale (I like to pick through the kale, removing the leaves from the woody stems). Set aside.

In a small bowl mix tahini, lemon zest, minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, warm water, salt, and cayenne pepper. Pour over kale and vegetables and toss to coat. Make in advance and allow salad to marinate!


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