Super-Powered Sesame Kale Salad

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Just over a week ago, Jen competed in the Western Canadian Hatha Yoga Asana Championships in Vancouver. This is the super-powered kale salad recipe she ate the night before that led to her placing third!  She wanted (and needed) something raw and alkalizing that would give her energy, while also being comforting and delicious:

“Normally one would not think of kale as comfort food, but this salad is a different type of awesome.  It’s not really the kale that makes it so delicious (sorry kale), it’s the dressing, and the way the kale is ‘massaged’, which makes it soft and salty, and doesn’t leave you feeling like an hungry rabbit after eating it. So, with no further ado, I bring you the Super-Powered Sesame Kale Salad!”

Ingredients for Salad:

1 bunch of kale

drizzle of organic olive oil

sprinkling of about ½ tsp of high quality sea salt

1 tbsp sesame seeds (to garnish)

about 10 cherry tomatoes

Ingredients for Dressing:

2 tbsp raw tahini

2 tbsp almond butter

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp tamari

½ clove minced garlic

dash cayenne pepper

½ ‘nub’ fresh ginger

2 tbsp agave nector


Wash kale and rip into small pieces, add sea salt and olive oil.  Massage the kale until it brightens and becomes soft, about two minutes.  Blend all dressing ingredients until they are smooth and creamy.  Top salad with dressing, tomatoes and sesame seeds, and enjoy immediately….it gets soggy if you wait!

~The Vegan Project


  1. Help! The dressing ended up like a sticky ball. I tried adding olive oil and blending more, but it didn’t improve. Any suggestions?

    • Bridget says:

      Oh no! I would add water or a bit of lemon juice, by the teaspoon, until it thins out a bit. Sometimes almond butter can be rather messy. You can also try vigorously whisking the ingredients together in a metal bowl instead of blending. Hope this helps!

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