When I’m sick I can’t muster up the will to eat my normal plethora of vegetables. I want nothing to do with dinner bowls or sweet potatoes or broccoli. The best I could do over the past few days was my morning smoothie and a bowl of frozen peas. So I knew things were looking up when I was craving a salad this afternoon.
I’ve mentioned before but I’m not a huge fan of raw kale. I much rather prefer it lightly steamed but everyone keeps raving about it raw so I thought I’d give it one more shot. This time I used Tuscan kale instead of curly as it’s said to have a milder flavor and wilts a little better when massaged with dressing.
Verdict, the dressing was delicious but I still prefer my kale steamed. Oh well, next time and of course, there’s always a next time with kale!
Massaged Kale Salad with Tahini Cashew Dressing (vegan, gluten-free)
1/2 cup soaked cashews with 2 tablespoons reserved soaking water
2 tablespoons tahini
1 teaspoon garlic infused olive oil
1.5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 cups Tuscan kale
1/2 bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
1/2 apple, thinly sliced
2 tablespoon sesame seeds
Place cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
Drain most of the water but reserve a few tablespoons. Place cashews and reserved liquid into a food processor. Add all ingredients through cayenne pepper.
Processes for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
Adjust flavoring to taste.
Put kale in a large bowl and massage dressing into kale until it begins to wilt. Use your hands to really work it in.
Slice pepper, avocado and apple. Add to kale. Top with sesame seeds.
The dressing has a little heat from the cayenne that I loved with the kale and the mix of crunch from the pepper and apple with the smooth avocado was perfect.
This salad is also calcium rich. I ate 3 cups of the salad with about a 1/4 of a cup of dressing and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds which offered up about 45% of my daily intake. Not bad for a little salad.
Enjoy and Exhale!