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 Post subject: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:46 am 
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I enjoy the chopped kale salads I eat and restaurants. They tend to be on the oilier and saltier sides.
Does anyone have a favorite recipe that goes easy on salt and oil and content?
If not, what is your favorite chopped kale recipe?
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 Post subject: Re: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:10 am 
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I don't have a recipe exactly, but I like a citrus or balsamic dressing with kale. A dressing with a little sweetness to it contrasts nicely with the bitterness of the greens and the acid helps wilt them nicely, especially if you let the salad marinate in the dressing for a while. I think you could probably modify any dressing recipe you like to make it lighter on the oil and salt, heavier on the vinegar or citrus juice and herbs.


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 Post subject: Re: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:40 am 
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This is my favorite kale salad: http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2013/04/ ... salad.html

The dressing is:
2 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice + pinch of zest
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
2-3 pinches cayenne
pinch of salt + a few pinches of black pepper


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 Post subject: Re: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:30 pm 
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Dreena's curried almond dressing is fabulous with kale salad
here's a link http://plantpoweredkitchen.com/recipes/ ... -dressing/


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 Post subject: Re: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:03 pm 
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I made one last week with fancy whole grain dijon, tangerine juice, champagne vinegar, white miso and olive oil that I was so into !

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:29 pm 
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Lately I've been making this really yummy tex mex inspired kale salad. The dressing is (for one person):

1 tablespoon runny tahini
Lemon juice to taste
Salt
Chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, smoked paprika, a little cayenne.

I toss the kale in that and let it sit for a bit while I chop up the other veggies. I like it with a ton of shredded carrots (like close to 50/50 kale and carrots), red pepper, green onion and tomatoes, maybe a little romaine or other crunchy lettuce for texture. So good.


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 Post subject: Re: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:07 pm 
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i'm with everyone on the citrus!

i generally will just squeeze a lemon or lime on, add a bit of salt, and massage the kale till it starts to get tender, then add whatever else - a bit of avocado or olive oil, minced garlic, and the other salad ingredients.

lemon and avocado (with a touch of salt) make a wonderful dressing for kale on their own, too! no oil needed.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:28 pm 
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I love the Hail Kale salad at Veggie Grill, made with their papaya lime dressing. So I make a version of the dressing at home. The base is soaked cashews, blended with a small piece of papaya, some fresh lime juice, garlic, ginger, and ume plum vinegar. This vinegar is salty, so I only use a little.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:48 pm 
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This cashew-based dressing continues to be my all-time favorite for kale salads, even after making it for 4 years now! I don't really measure anymore, and I have a Vitamix so I don't have to soak the cashews. I just add raw cashews, water, lemon juice, a small clove of garlic, tamari, and a handful of cilantro. Here are the specific amounts: http://cadryskitchen.com/2011/02/15/obs ... -dressing/


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 Post subject: Re: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:46 am 
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Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I made the salad - first time ever. It was delicious.
I used this recipe, recommended by a poster:
http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2013/04/ ... salad.html

I added another tablespoon of lemon juice, used 1 T. sesame oil, used 1 T. maple syrup. I added 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala and 1/2 teaspoon of bottled minced garlic and 1 T. barley miso.

It was refreshing and delicious.
I am hooked on raw kale.


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 Post subject: Re: Chopped Kale Salad - Dressing recommenation
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:09 pm 
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I usually use an avocado instead of any oil. Massage a bunch of kale and an avocado for a bit then add lemon juice and tamari. I like to throw in pepitas, raisins/craisins, and maybe some shredded carrots. Diced apples are also good. I love all these other ideas, especially the dijon mustard and champagne vinegar version.

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