I say we make kale a classic. The tan trench coat of vegetables. The black pencil skirt of DLG's. (dark, leafy greens) The nude pump of stir-fry.
Because even though kale may have become so popular it's actually going out of style, it's still going to offer you a nutritional bang for your buck. Like vitamin K, iron, vitamin A, C and fiber. Not to mention all those powerful antioxidants that make you healthy and gorgeous.
Here's an easy way to enjoy kale as a salad. Even my classic husband loved it, and he doesn't generally go for raw kale. Tahini is made from sesame seeds, a plant-based way to get your calcium, by the way.
- ⅓ cup tahini, or sesame seed paste (I didn't have tahini on hand, so I used the same amount of raw sesame seeds and my Vitamix blended them for me along with the rest of the ingredients)
- 2 Tbsp. brown rice vinegar
- 1 tsp. ground ginger to taste, or 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger
- 1 Tbsp red miso paste
- 2 tsp. reduced sodium tamari sauce
- 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
- cayenne pepper to taste
- 1 head of fresh, local kale washed and dry
Add all ingredients but kale to your high speed blender, and gradually add water, a Tbsp at a time, to allow you to blend and reach desired consistency. You can adjust ingredients as you like.
If using curly kale, rip it from the stems into bite size portions, leaving the center stem for compost. If you’re using laminate kale, use your chef knife to trim it from the stem and slice into 1 inch pieces or ribbons. Add the kale to your salad bowl.
Add dressing and toss well to combine. Allow your salad to sit for about 20 minutes to marinate the kale and soften it, making it more palatable and allowing the flavors to meld.
So, what's your favorite way to use this HOT DLG? Share with me here, I’d love to hear from you.
Holli Thompson is the author of Discover Your Nutritional Style; Your Seasonal Plan to a Healthy, Happy, and Delicious Life, available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Thompson is a former VP for Chanel, turned creator of Nutritional Style®, a health and nutrition blog and consulting company. Her innovative method of identifying the three types of nutritional styles; Healthy Omnivore™, Flexible Vegetarian™, and Modern Vegan™, was established to allow women (and men) to finally experience an attainable, satisfying and always health-filled lifestyle. An inspirational speaker, and TV guest for several major networks, Holli shares weekly on her own blog, hollithompson.com. She also contributes to MindBodyGreen.com.