Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hail to the Kale Salad

I had discovered this recipe about a month ago when I first started blogging about my cooking adventures.  The name of the salad alone got me excited about it.  So when it came time to use up this week's organic vegetable share and I had two bunches of kale in my refridgerator, I went for it.  I'm going to save the salad for tomorrow night, when I attend my first local raw food pot luck.  I can't wait! (I did however take a taste, and OMG, this is really cool.)

Note: Everyone at the raw food potluck loved this salad.  It is a winner!

Chef AJ's Hail to the Kale Salad
makes a lot!

2 large heads of curly kale (about 24 ounces)
sesame seeds, hemp seeds, peanuts, almonds or cashews (optional-I don't think it needs this)

1 cup raw almond butter (raw, unsweetened and unsalted)
1 cup coconut water (or regular water)
¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 2) and zest (I used the juice and zest of one large lemon, cause that's what I had on hand)
2 cloves garlic
fresh, peeled ginger (approximately 1” or ¾ of an ounce)
2 tablespoons low sodium Tamari (soy sauce)
4 pitted dates (soaked in water if not soft)
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a high powered blender combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Remove the thick, larger stems from the kale and place in a large bowl. Pour 2 cups of the dressing over the kale and using an Ulu blade, massage the dressing into the kale while using the Ulu to finely chop the kale. Sprinkle with seeds or nuts before serving, if desired. Like a woman, this only gets better with age.

This dressing also makes a delicious peanut dip for fresh veggies but you need to cut way back on the water and add some cilantro.

Wendy's notes: I have no idea what an Ulu blade is, so I just tore my kale into smallish pieces and dressed the salad.  Since it is going to marinate until tomorrow night, it should work fine.


QZB said...

Mmmm, I am a HUGE fan of home made nut butter salad dressings. I will definitely be trying this one.

Tell us all about the raw food pot luck! Mr. Belhorn will be so jealous! ;)

Karen Hilsberg said...

this salad is so delicious. it never occurred to me to eat a salad made of kale before, but it was very sweet and the dressing is so yummy. it was great on the first day and great on the second day!

Karen Hilsberg said...

i took this to work today. it was so yummy and tasty. the dressing is just delicious. thanks for the recipe!

Chef AJ said...

An ulu is like a Mezzalune. You can get one for 20 bucks at It really helps to break down the thick cell walls of the kale and massage the dressing in, while finely chopping it at the same time.

Love & Kale,
Chef AJ

Krista said...

This is my very favorite salad to bring to potlucks. Love adding chopped raw almonds, red peppers, even quinoa - or just plain. It's all good. I bring it to potlucks with quinoa added and it is such a hit even among hardcore meat-eaters (probably because of it's substantial feel). Chef AJ is the best! Her video The Chef and the Dietician on YouTube is how I found this and that is a must-see. BTW, I just massage lemon or lime juice into the torn up curly kale and hand massaging it breaks it down wonderfully.

Anonymous said...

made this and it was a hit

Anonymous said...

OMG THANK YOU!!! I previously hated kale...the transformation is incredible...will try many more of your recipes

believeinme said...

This is seriously the best tasting dressing I have ever eaten! I am trying to think what else I can use this on and the mix of these particular ingredients is outstanding! It deserves its name!!!

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