Thursday, April 12, 2012

Massaged Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing and the Reader Advice Day: Juice Cleansing

We hosted an impromptu dinner at our house this past Saturday night for relatives that were in town for the holidays. Luckily, I had a lot of produce in the fridge (natch!) and a few hours on my hands before everyone was due to come over. I knew after all of the holiday eating that many of us would welcome a dinner with lots of raw salads, so I made a huge tossed salad and also a raw kale salad.

We all know how healthy kale is, right? And we want to eat as much of it as we can, both lightly steamed and raw (there are benefits to both).

Raw kale is the kind of thing that adventurous eaters love. It's also the kind of thing that older dads and grandpas tend to loathe. Needless to say, this one was a real hit with almost everyone. If you are new to eating the Plant-strong or Nutritarian way, I highly recommend experimenting with raw kale salads. They just might become a staple in your recipe wardrobe.

Raw Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

16 cups destemmed and rough chopped kale (I used a 1 pound box of prewashed and cut kale and removed any stems I could find)
1/2 cup currants
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup diced sweet pepper-orange, yellow or red
1 1/2 cups Lemon Tahini Dressing

Place kale in a large bowl. Pour 1 1/2 cups Lemon Tahini Dressing over kale. With your hands, massage dressing into kale until dressing is evenly distributed.

Add currants, sunflower seeds and diced pepper and mix.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Lemon Tahini Dressing
makes 2 1/2 cups

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1/2 cup Tahini
4 garlic cloves
2 large dates, pit removed, soaked in water while you prepare remaining ingredients (you do not have to do this if you have a high powered blender)
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup water

Place all ingredients into the container of a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

I'm thinking about going on a juice cleanse. (Truth be told, I'm always thinking about doing it and I'm a little scared to, given my responsibilities as a parent, wife and business owner.) 

Have you ever done one? How did you do it? For how long? Was it worth the trouble and expense? Were you happy you did it? Did you regret it? What was your experience? 

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