Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing

I totally missed-out on my Thursday and Friday Vegan MoFo posts, so rather than get back into recounting my 3-month NZ and Southeast-Asia travel adventures, I thought I’d share a new recipe with you.

Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing

As mentioned previously, I now live really close to one of Toronto’s great Fresh Restaurants and find myself eating there quite often. I’ve come to really enjoy their lemon tahini dressing and decided that it seemed simple enough to attempt to recreate at home.

Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing

I first worked out this easy tahini dressing a couple months ago, and poured it over a mixture of quinoa, greens, avocado, shredded cabbage and carrots. Then one day, I had a bunch of kale and hand and decided to make the dressing again to serve over it. The result is a creamy, tangy and super healthy salad that I just had to share.

Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing

Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing

Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing

Notes

  • If you’re new to kale or find the taste a bit overwhelming, feel free to use a mixture of kale and regular greens.
  • The benefit of using kale for this salad (beyond all its nutritional benefits) is that because the leaves are thicker than regular greens, any leftovers will hold-up nicely for a couple days in the fridge.
  • This salad contains chickpeas and avocados – two things that I toss into most of my ad-hoc salads. Bell peppers (capsicum) and/or shredded carrots would also be delicious.
  • If you make the dressing in a big bowl, and then mix the salad ingredients right in, it’s a one-pot meal.
  • This dressing is perfect with falafel – either straight-up, or in a pita.

Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing

Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing
Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing

Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing

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Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing
 
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You’ll love this creamy dressing with no added oil/fat. Vegan / Gluten-Free
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 head kale (or a blend of greens)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 2 tomato, diced
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • Topping: hemp seeds (or other seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin)
Dressing
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about 2 or 3 tbsp)
  • 1 large garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together. Add more water if needed.
  2. Toss dressing into the rest of the salad ingredients. Due to the thickness of the kale leaves, it should keep for a few days in the fridge.

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27 Comments

  1. Hannah says:

    ZOMG I’ll be in Toronto super super soon! I foresee trying this recipe AND its inspiration alike. Wheeee!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hannah – I’m going to your blog now to catch-up on everything you’ve been up to. If want to meet-up @ Fresh for a bite, just let me know :)

      Reply
      • Hannah says:

        I shall let you know now that yes, yes that will happen. Particularly if your border peepz (Z!) give me that working visa!

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  2. Oh this looks fabulous … such great color and flavor combinations. The dressing is very similar to one I learned to make from a Lebanese chef in my area … it’s so good and works on all kinds of foods. Thank you for sharing … I can’t wait to pick up some kale and try it out!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thank you! I agree, it’s a very versatile dressing. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. Amanda says:

    I heart kale and this dressing looks like a perfect pair to it!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Amanda :)

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  4. Amanda says:

    Lemon, tahini, and kale? What could be better?

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    • vegangela says:

      Agreed! Thanks for stopping by :)

      Reply
  5. Kate says:

    Hello from Colorado! I am a relatively new vegan and I just had to tell you that I LOVE your site and have been cooking my way through it. All of your recipes are awesome and your instructions are so easy to follow. It’s been great to have found some new vegan staples that even my carnivorous friends can enjoy. Thank you!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Kate, your comment totally made my day :)

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  6. April says:

    This looks so good, I will be trying this tonight.

    I love your site, as a budding vegan I find it VERY helpful and inspirational.

    Thank you so much ;)

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks for the kind words! Let me know what you think of this recipe once you’ve made it :)

      Reply
  7. Becky says:

    Super yummy dressing! I used it on a combo of kale, shredded carrots, red cabbage and beets- yum!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Becky – I’m glad you liked it. Your salad combo sounds delish! Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

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  8. Ian Ragsdale says:

    Just made a simplified version of the tahini dressing and poured it over plain steamed kale as a dressing. It was superb! We substituted garlic powder for the fresh cloves and used a little Crazy Janes seasoning salt, but the end result was still phenomenal. We also ate black beans, and the tahini sauce mixed really well with the sauce from the beans. Thanks!

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    • vegangela says:

      Yum! All great suggestions. I’m so glad you liked it :)

      Reply
  9. Tracee Vetting Wolf says:

    This was a winner in our house! My non-vegan husband loved it too!!!! He brought some to work with him the next day.

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    • vegangela says:

      I’m glad to hear it! When hubby takes leftovers to work, that’s definitely considered a winning recipe in my house too!

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  10. Joscelin says:

    Mmm turned out great :) salad for a couple of days yum!

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    • vegangela says:

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

      Reply
  11. Bec says:

    I love this dressing. I’ve been making it for a few weeks and I use it on many salads. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipes. :)

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  12. Chris M says:

    This recipe looks so good I can’t wait to try it. I’m not a vegan but I have been trying to incorporate more and more vegan dishes into my diet in the hopes of soon having a strictly vegan diet. This looks like a great addition to the menu! My girlfriend and her mom love kale too so I’ll have to make this for them also.

    Thanks for the amazing website! This is my go to for vegan recipes right now.

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    • You’re so welcome! I hope you like the salad – let me know when you’ve tried it :)

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