Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kale and Golden Beet Salad with Tahini-Cider Dressing


I really love kale, but it doesn't love me! Having Crohn's makes it incredibly hard to digest, which is why I rely on green drinks to get my kale.  The other day I was shopping at our local Coop and perusing the salad deli.  There I spotted a tasty looking raw salad with kale as the base ingredient.  I tried it and just about fell over.  It. Was. Amazing.  So I wrote down the ingredients, ran through the store gathering what I needed, raced home and within an hour I had like 5 lbs of this salad - and I am pleased to say it tasted exactly like the deli version.  I was lucky with my ratios, especially with the dressing.  My daughter loved it and we both enjoyed it for our afternoon snack.  It was so good and I tried not to eat too much.  Although  I can't go wild on this salad, I enjoy making it for others. I served it as an appetizer that evening for dinner and my husband asked if there was Parmesan cheese in the salad.  Pssh...are you serious?, I asked him.  I know, I know he replied, it just tastes so...cheesy.  It really does have a wonderfully complex flavor.  

Ingredients
-1 bunch of kale, chopped (with the large vein removed)
-1 large carrot, grated (I used the shredder on my food processor)
-3 golden beets, grated (same as above)
-1 large green pepper, chopped
-1 bunch of green onions, sliced (use both white & green)
-1/2 cup hemp seeds

Dressing
-1/4 cup walnut (or oil of choice)
-1/2 cup tahini  
-1/2 cup coconut aminos 
-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 
-1 tablespoon garlic granules
-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
-1/2 teaspoon dried basil
-1/2 teaspoon salt 

How To
1.  Mix together the kale, carrot, beets, green pepper, onions & hemp seeds in large bowl  
2.  Add the dressing ingredients to a bowl and mix until thick and emulsified
3.  Pour the entire bowl of dressing onto salad ingredients and mix

8 comments:

  1. Thanks Sara! It is sooooo good!

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  2. I love golden beets, and I'm just loving the idea of this tahini-cider dressing! Sounds perfectly scrumptious to me!

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  3. Oooh, this sounds so good! I'm so sorry that kale does not love you. So sad! :(

    I am so in love with golden beets. I love that you combined them with kale! And I must try that dressing. Sounds so delicious.

    This has Raw Foods Thursdays written all over it! :)

    Hugs!!
    Heather

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  4. Hi lady! Ok so this salad has pretty much all of my favourite ingredients in it- I HAVE to make this!

    And I love it so much, I am choosing it as one of my top 3 for Healthy Vegan Friday :) Thanks for sharing it!

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  5. Hi Amber,
    I have some Baby Kale and a Golden Beet in the fridge I am so going to make this salad!
    Laureen

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  6. This looks beautiful and so nourishing! I haven't seen golden beets in my part of the UK but I can try it with ordinary!

    Love the tahini dressing!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. I've gotten the same salid in my coop, and have really wanted the recipe!

    One problem: this supposedly has a tahini-cider dressing, but there's no tahini listed in the ingredients (and what is/are coconut aminos??

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