Warning: Consuming this salad may result in skin that glows with vitality and glorious radiance. Compliments regarding your amazing complexion will quite likely follow. I am not kidding. In fact, I am so not kidding that I have no problem making the bold claim that this salad is likely one of the most nutrient-dense meals on planet earth and each nutritious bite will travel from your mouth to your nutrient-craving cells with effortless, life-enhancing grace.
Just like that. Yeah, you heard me…urr I mean, yeah you read me (duh, because you are reading this rather than the preferred alternative involving us sitting at a posh, unStarbucksified coffee shop over tasty almond milk espressos). But if you could see me, hear my voice and we were indeed chatting about this recipe, you would detect a particularly sort of jubilation emitting from the core of my being. This particular type of jubilation is categorized by its high contagiousness, a twinkle in the eyes and an almost palpable zap of positive electricity emitted by the source of jubilation (in this case me) and transmitted to all nearby recipients (in this case you and the hypothetical dreamy barista providing us with our beverages). <~ This is my daydream and I know how to use it!
Unfortunately, we are not able to meet up in person immediately after the birth of this recipe. However, the fortunate reality is that this bright and beautifully kale-rich recipe is still yours for preparing thanks to the directions that not-so-magically appear below. FYI: Not-so-magically = the very computery business of blogging in the Muggle world. <~ Please tell me you know what a muggle is!
Please, if you haven’t already, feel free to get both hungry and excited for this recipe any time now. My intention is to foster an eagerness to prepare this recipe in you so powerful that you actually do make this recipe in the near future!
You may be thinking, “What about this recipe makes it so incredible nutritious and for our skin?!” And to that I say,”An impressive package of nutrients from the nutrient powerhouse, K-to-the-E, plus an array of unique nutrients from the other raw vegetables and dried blueberries AND the added nutritional benefit of eating these foods with healthy fats from the pine nuts and tahini-lemon dressing, mi amigos!” You did know that eating nuts and seeds with raw green leafy veggies is AMAZING for the health of our skin, right? CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE to get the scientific lowdown on why nuts, seeds and avocados are so nutritious for us.
As for that nutrient-craving skin of yours, check out this article I wrote about skin health for GirlieGirlArmy.com by CLICKING HERE and then you will understand why this salad is fantastic for our nutrient-craving complexions.
Now it’s recipe time. Rejoice! I recommend using as many organic ingredients are you can. If you don’t have access to all organic ingredients, do not fret! It is better to get your veggies in than avoid them due to pesticide risk. If I had to choose, I’d say buy organic veggies and forget about going organic with the pine nuts and tahini. Conventionally produced nuts and seeds contain minimal pesticide residues, if any at all.
Salad Ingredients (makes 4-5 large bowls full)
1 large head raw kale (about 3 cups), de-stemmed and chopped
1 cup shredded or chopped carrots
1 cup shredded or finely chopped red cabbage
1 pint cherry tomatoes, slice in half
½ cup pine nuts
½ cup dried blueberries or currants (I used dried blueberries but currants are just as tasty!)
Oil-Free Zesty Tahini-Lemon Dressing
Ingredients (makes about 1 cup):
¼ cup tahini
4 garlic cloves
½ cup lemon juice (juice from about 2 lemons)
½ cup water
¼ cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Bragg’s liquid amino acids or low-sodium soy sauce
Directions: Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender or food processor and blend or process until you get a lusciously smooth dressing that combines simply marvelously with a fresh kale salad.
Mix all salad ingredients in a large bowl and add ¼-½ cup of dressing, depending on how much you like on your salad. If I worked out before preparing this recipe, I usually add a bit more dressing! Leftover dressing will store well in your refrigerator for up to five days.