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.  

-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

-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
4.  Chill salad for about an hour
5.  Pig out

Shared on: Lunchbox Love Friday, Real Food Forager- detox challenge, Summer Salad Sundays, My Birthday Pot Luck Party Friday, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Wellness Weekend , Raw Foods Thursday 


  1. The Cyclist's WifeOctober 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Looks good!

  2. Thanks Sara! It is sooooo good!

  3. Debbie @ Easy Natural FoodJuly 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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

  4. Heather @Gluten-Free CatApril 19, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    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! :)


  5. 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!

  6. Laureen @FoxKitchenApril 25, 2013 at 10:30 PM

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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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