Kale Salad with a Garlic-Tahini Dressing

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So here we go with another kale salad recipe! Told you that I had an abundance…

I’ve also been thinking about my recipes and how I would like to try to give you some various alternatives, where ever and whenever it is possible.

We talk about Intuitive Eating, but what about intuitive cooking?

Not all dishes lend themselves to mix and matching, or making substitutes. If you are baking, it is probably best to follow the recipe closely if you are looking for a predictable outcome. Though if you have a strong desire to experiment and not feeling to concerned about the outcome, go for it and do try all kinds of weird and wonderful ingredients and combinations.

Just be clear that you may not end up with something edible… But sometimes it’s more about the process than the outcome right?

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When it comes to salads you are pretty safe experimenting away. Not too much can go haywire if you are using fresh, good quality ingredients to start with.

If you want to make a salad a decent meal, you have to (well you don’t have to, but I strongly recommend) that you follow the same plate concept as is recommended for balanced meals in general, if you want to make a salad that is a meal in itself and not just a simple side dish, that is.

The key, the secrete, whatever you want to call it, is to combine fat, protein with carbohydrates (which here will be mostly veg). If you leave out the fat and the protein from your salad and have just vegetables on their own, most likely you will end up not feeling full for very long, even though you may eat an actual large volume of food.

Each macro nutrient is digested differently, hence why this is.

From a mindful eating point of view, use your salad (or any meal for that matter) to explore how different foods effect your satiety and fullness. How long before you notice the need to eat again? There’s no right or wrong here, but it can be pretty useful information.

Anyway, let’s get to the recipe.

For potential substitutes for this particular salad:

Try different root veg like celeriac or maybe shredded purple cabbage.

Cannellini beans can be swapped for chickpeas or butter beans.

The walnuts can be swapped for toasted sunflower seeds or pecan nuts.

 

KALE SALAD WITH GARLIC-TAHINI DRESSING

Serves 4

6 large leaves of kale (any type of kale is fine), stems removed & finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and finely grated

¼ cup sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped

½ cup cooked cannellini beans – swap for chickpeas or other beans if you wish

a handful of fresh walnuts, roughly chopped

Tahini dressing

3 tbsp tahini

1 clove garlic, minced

Juice of ½ lemon

2-3 tbsp cold water to thin the dressing

Sea salt & Black pepper, to season

 

Start by making the dressing by placing the tahini, minced garlic and lemon juice in a small bowl. With a fork mix them all together until you have a thick paste. Then add a tbsp. of water one by one until you have your desired consistency. You want to end up with a creamy dressing so don’t go too heavy handed with the water. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.

Place the chopped kale in a large salad bowl, add the dressing and with your hands gently massage it in so that the leaves wilt / soften a little..

Add the shredded carrots, the sundried tomatoes and the beans. Toss together until everything is evenly coated with the dressing

Add the chopped walnuts for some extra crunch.

Serve as is, or with your choice of meat / fish / egg if that takes your fancy.

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Looking for more kale salad ideas? Well I have a few oldies from the archives!

Kale Salad with orange-tahini dressing

Black quinoa & Kale salad with apples & toasted hazelnuts

Cavolo Nero Salad with a Mexican twist

And there are some kale in this green soup too…

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