I suggest marinating the salad in the dressing and letting it soak for at least 30 minutes, this will allow the kale to soften slightly and lessen some if its bitterness. A belly rub for Cookie! Kale gets such a bad rap, but if you know how to handle it, it is delicious and SUPER nutritious. Thank you for sharing. It’s such a great blend of flavors. Recipe”) site. Oh! I ended up throwing a huge handful of fresh spinach in with everything too for a little more “filler”. Hi Kate, I have made this recipe for large family gatherings and occasionally at home for my husband and kids. Yes, massaging the kale is key. To prepare the salad dressing: In a small liquid measuring cup or bowl, combine the tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, and salt. Thank you for your review. You can always make it a little less thick by adding a little more water. I’m trying to get the world (aka my friends) to love kale salads as much as i do. the greens smelled delicious, but for the effort and the expense, I was a bit disappointed. That looks so good. I made this salad tonight and both my husband and I loved it. :). I skipped the whole step of toasting the sunflower seeds in olive oil. Instagram ⋄ Pinterest ⋄ Facebook, Subscribe to our email newsletter! But kale salads, when made properly, can make truly delicious, crave-able meals. Email me when Kate or another C+K reader replies directly to my comment. Great to hear, Christina! This was so so good! Love all you recipes and gave your cookbook to my gluten free daughter-in-law, who loves it! I made the salad exactly as recipe says and it was marvelous. (It's all free.). This recipe is delicious and helpful for health. I buy sesame seeds in bulk and whirl them together with grape seed oil. Make it dairy free/vegan: Omit the Parmesan. I absolutely love this! ), I am so with you Kate! I packed in more flavor and texture with freshly toasted sunflower seeds and briny olives and pepper rings that I cannot resist. Only substitution: I used Trader Joe’s salted, roasted pumpkin seeds (because I had them)….they were ideal and I could skip roasting the seeds. I usually nuke mine for about 2-3 minutes to wilt. What’s a ‘pepper ring’? Delighted to hear that you appreciate my recipes. Hi Jerilyn, that’s a great point—my favorite by far is Whole Foods 365. Whenever I buy a new jar of nut/seed butter I open it up, stick a clean butter knife in it and stir it up to incorporate the oil back into the seeds/nuts- it needs the oil otherwise you’ll end up with a huge clump of hard, ground-up seeds/nuts at the bottom of the jar that will be super dry and hard to dislodge! Many of the ladies have asked for the recipe so I’ve pointed them in your direction. glad it worked for the others. I won’t quit creating new kale salad recipes until we can all walk into a restaurant and consistently receive a great kale salad. Great! I love the creamy tahini dressing. I massage the kale with the dressing and pair it with roasted red peppers and a garlicky turmeric rice. The tahini dressing is delicious!! Pour the dressing into the salad (you might not need quite all of it, but I did). That variation sounds great, Lauren. Yum! No need :). It shouldn’t be a leaf fight. Finish it off with a pinch of salt and add cucumber, tomato, and avocado. Very adaptable. Love it! Or maybe tied for first, but still. So so so so happy to have this in my collection. I could hardly wait until May to receive your cookbook! God bless you! Plus it has a limited shelf life when you open a jar and keep it refrigerated. Leave a comment below and share a picture on. This is one of my very favorite, go-to recipes. Add the chickpeas, olives and/or pepper rings, sun-dried tomatoes, and Parmesan (if using). I used nutritional yeast in the dressing and also put parm on the greens. Hadn’t tried this recipe because of the curly kale but I got two huge bunches in our new CSA this week. Hello! I didn’t add the pepper rings, but did add regular black olives. Giselle, I know I’m replying to an older post but wanted to share my tip anyway. This process takes only a few moments and results in the most silky and delicious kale. Right? I thinned the dressing a bit more with additional lemon juice and water (my tahini was a bit thick). I must do this again, with the tomatoes! It’s going to be my new side dish to bring for family gatherings and events. Best kale salad I’ve ever eaten, and I’ve eaten many! I subbed capers for the olives and it is still exceptional. Thank you Kate! I used feta instead of parmesan because I already had it but other than that I followed the recipe pretty closely.