Kale Salad with Garlic Tahini Dressing

Lately, I can’t get enough of kale salad. It’s crunchy. It’s flavorful. It’s a party in the mouth.

This kale salad is topped with an awesome tahini dressing. The recipe is based on a salad that is featured at the Whole Foods salad bar. A friend shared their recipe with me and I have made this salad for three nights in a row now. And may or may not have licked the bowl….and dreamed about this salad….and then ate it at midnight. OK, I have a problem. I know. Don’t judge.

This salad will totally make up for the fact that I also hoovered a rack of ribs, right?

If you can, mix the kale and the dressing together and allow to sit for an hour or two before serving.

Kale Salad with Garlic Tahini Dressing


  • 3 cups of kale, ribs removed and torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini paste (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced and mashed
  • 1 teaspoon of good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped


  1. Wash and remove center ribs from kale. Tear into pieces and place in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, add tahini paste through olive oil. Mix until well blended.
  3. Pour dressing over kale and massage into kale. Let sit for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours.  Mix before serving. Sprinkle cilantro on top.  Eating this with an avocado on the side makes a perfect lunch.

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6 thoughts on “Kale Salad with Garlic Tahini Dressing

  1. 20somethingcupcakes (@sassyinthekitch) March 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm Reply

    I do need to try tahini dressing – I now have a container in my fridge just waiting to be used. Now, if only I could get the boy to eat kale.


    • Alissa March 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm Reply

      my boy was leery, but then scarfed down the salad next to his ribs even!!!!


  2. Everyday Maven (@EverydayMaven) March 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm Reply

    Definitely making this!!!


  3. KimP January 23, 2013 at 5:08 am Reply



    • Alissa January 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm Reply

      Thank you! This is one of my favorite salads. I make it for lunch all the time since it gets better as the dressing and kale sit together.


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