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Christiana’s Tangy Tahini Tuscan Kale Salad

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Sometimes you taste something and you have to know how to recreate it.  It’s just too good to only have once.  This is how I felt about this recipe.  I was in Seattle visiting a friend and her family for her birthday celebration and was able to spend a couple of days after the party.  I have known Christiana since I was in fifth grade.  She has been there for the best of times and some of the worst, most difficult times.  There are few people that know me better.

Being there was so grounding.  It was exactly what I needed.  I have been working too much and struggling with balance.   Between the blog, training, and general life stuff, I was losing focus of what is really important.  Being there, spending quality time with her husband and two year old son was exactly what I needed.  It reminded me of what is important in life, what deserves my to be highest priority, and what needs to be demoted.  Sometimes you need these moments that make you stop and see the world beyond your tunnel vision.  I left feeling grateful for the life I have with family and friends that are incredible and a future that I am excited to live.

I also left feeling grateful for this salad.  The moment that she talked about it, I knew I would be fan.  Basically, put tahini in something, I will probably like it, but then she talked about the other flavors.  She uses Tamari because she is allergic to gluten so this is her soy sauce, but honestly, as she would say, it’s a little “punchier” and I agree.  It works perfectly with the slight bitterness and richness of the tahini and the acid of fresh lemon juice and rice wine vinegar cuts right through.  In all honesty, I could drink this dressing.  I would make it just to have around for any salad or as a marinade.

Tuscan Kale (also known as Dinosaur or lacinato kale) is more tender then it’s curly counterpart so it is perfect for this salad.  You still get all of the awesome health benefits of the superfood, fiber, calcium, potassium, magnesium, folate, the list goes on and on.  Because it is filled with these necessary electrolytes, kale is even more of a super food for us Keto-ites.  At the end of the day though, this is still Kale and it can be fibrous and tough to eat raw.  To make the veggie a little easier to digest and enjoy, you spend a little time messaging, yes messaging, with some oil.  I know this might sound crazy but hear me out.  This is so that you can literally breakdown the cellulose structure, which will make it silky smooth and sweeter.  It is very similar to what happens with cooking, but using your hands instead of heat.   You end up getting the best of both worlds, the kale retains it’s crisper texture, but the bitter earthiness turns to a sweeter earthiness.  When the tangy tahini salad dressing is added, it’s the perfect marriage.

This is great to bring to your next cook out or have with a simple protein on a busy weeknight for dinner.  I love to make this salad for lunches.  You can make a large amount ahead of time and each day it marinates and sits in that delicious dressing, it will get more flavorful and yummy.  I like to have it at lunch with some simple Tuna salad.  Its fresh, full of flavor and filling, not to mention I know it’s giving my body everything it needs.

Have a great weekend and Happy Feasting!

-Tedi


Christiana's Tangy Tahini Tuscan Kale Salad
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A simple kale salad that is anything but simple in flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
one cup servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings
one cup servings
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix ginger, garlic, Organic Tamari, lemon juice, rice vinegar and tahini until combined.
  2. Slowly whisk in olive oil until at consistency you like. We liked about two tablespoons. Set aside.
  3. Take kale and remove the rib or center section. This is tough and bitter so you want to make sure to get rid of it before making the salad.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the top of your kale. Massage each piece of kale while breaking up into bite sized pieces as you go. This should take about ten minutes. You want them to feel almost wilted and no longer light on the back of the leaf.
  5. Drizzle tahini dressing over kale and toss. If you are including sesame seeds, then sprinkle over the top.
  6. Enjoy at this moment, but it only gets better as you wait, so feel free to make this salad a day ahead and let the flavors build overnight.
Recipe Notes

***Please note that the nutritional information is using generic brands and may adjust depending on the brands or types of ingredients you use.

Nutrition Facts
Christiana's Tangy Tahini Tuscan Kale Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117.9 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Sodium 215mg 9%
Potassium 310mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 3.8g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g 5%
Sugars .3g
Protein 2.4g 5%
Vitamin A 206%
Vitamin C 136%
Calcium 12%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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