6.07.2012

Salad Challenge Day 2!

I was searching all day today to find different salad recipes for this month and then it dawned on me – what makes a salad a salad? There are pasta salads, potato salads, beans salads, grain salads, and more! And with the salad challenge – there aren’t any rules expect for having a salad every day. I’m thinking this might be pretty easy now that I don't have to eat leaves daily, so I am really going to put effort into finding all sorts of different salads that are healthy and fun.

Not many people are a fan of kale.
Not sure why, because I'm a little obsessed with it. This salad is made of raw kale, and when you add the creamy dressing and massage it into the leaves, it really is yummy. Promise. I'm a big fan of this green and so you might see it a lot during this month. I've made this Raw Kale Salad in the past and I crave this Kale Smoothie most of the time!
If you want to try kale, but don’t know what kind, go for the dino (lacinato) kale. It has a milder flavor than the other types and is a good intro into the hearty greens.

This is the salad I ate for lunch today and again, its inspired by Oh She Glows. I made this about a month ago and its a new constant in my salad rotation. The dressing made enough for about 3 servings, so I’ll be having this again – tomorrow actually - which I am OK with.

Raw Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing
Makes 1-2 salads depending on the size you like
1-2 Cups Lacinato Kale
¼ Cup Red/Orange Bell Pepper, chopped
¼ Cup Carrots, shredded
¼ Cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
¼ Cup Red Onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon Raisins
1 Tablespoon Pepitas (pumpkin) Seeds (or sunflower seeds)
Rinse and dry kale then tear the leaves from the kale stems into bite size pieces and place into a bowl. Chop the veggies and add that to the kale. Note 1/4 Cup for each veggie is an estimate, I added a little more carrots then onion so you can play with the amounts. Add the raisins and seeds to the mix, then topped with the dressing (see below). I've found about 2 Tablespoons of the dressing is a good fit - but that's up to you. However much you use, make sure you really massage it into the salad. I mean, take your rings off and get in there. Make sure it gets into all the creases of the kale. Then - let it sit for about 10 minutes and let it marinate. Then scarf it down.

Tahini Dressing
Juice from 1-2 lemons (about ¼ Cup)
2 Tablespoons Tahini
2 Tablespoons Water
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic

Add all the ingredients into a food process, blender, or bullet and blend until smooth. Taste test to your liking and add more water, lemon, oil as needed. Add a pinch of salt and you’re done.

Maybe there is an ice cream salad or some sort out there I could get away with?

If you know of it – TELL ME NOW. J

Enjoy!

Erica

1 comment:

  1. We love it too! We've been juicing it as a meal substitute with great success.

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