This kale and tahini salad is perfect for BBQs, dinner parties, and even a girls’ night in. It’s always a total hit even amongst the biggest kale skeptics–we know you’re out there. For a heartier salad, you can top it with grilled chicken! Of course, it tastes delish, but did you know that each ingredients has specific qualities that are super good for you too? Aside from being fresh, of course. Food for thought:
Kale has a deep green color which gives us a clue that it’s jam packed with beneficial nutrients! Kale contains a range of antioxidants (Vitamin A and C) that have powerful anti-inflammatory effects in our bodies. Kale is also high in fiber–aiding in digestion–and naturally removes toxins!
Radishes are natural detoxifiers and great for cleansing the system. They are beneficial for reducing inflammatory processes within cells as well.
Pumpkin seeds are full of antioxidants that help protect against disease and reduce inflammation. They are a rich source of magnesium which is important to regulate blood pressure, heart health, bone health and blood sugar levels.
Tahini is a sesame seed spread that is a good source of magnesium, making it a natural muscle relaxant! Tahini is also a rich source of copper which is a mineral that has been shown to help relieve pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
Vinegar stimulates the production of stomach acid and enzymes needed in digestion to optimize the digestive process and absorption of your food. It’s a natural anti-microbial!
Kale and Tahini Salad Ingredients
1 bunch kale
½ cup tahini
Juice of one lemon
½ teaspoon ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon wheat-free tamari
1 bunch radishes, sliced
Rinse and dry kale. Pull the leaves off the stem and rip into small pieces.
Mix the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, vinegar and cumin into a bowl (leave out tamari).
Add water to thin the dressing out to desired consistency.
Toss kale pieces in the dressing. Massage the dressing into the kale to make it easier to chew.
Add the tamari separately and toss to coat.
Top with thinly slices radishes and pumpkin seeds.
Want some more fresh food inspiration? Click here to get my free 5-Day Clean Eating Meal Plan that takes all the guess work out of what to eat for the week. You’ll get recipes, a shopping list, and daily instructions for what to make. TOO EASY! I really hope you enjoy!
Also published on Medium.