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Healthy Recipe: Kale Salad With Sesame Dressing

Six ingredients and ten minutes is all you need to make this delicious, nutrient-packed salad.

Photograph by Chris Campbell.

Kale often makes the lists of nutritionists’ favorite superfoods, but finding a tasty preparation of the hearty greens can be challenging without hiding its flavor behind a bunch of other ingredients.

The salad makes for a perfect side dish, particularly with a hearty protein such as grilled salmon. The total prep time is ten minutes or less, which makes it a perfect go-to salad whenever you need to add some color to your plate.

This recipe comes from the recently released book The Pescetarian Plan: The Vegetarian + Seafood Way to Lose Weight & Love Your Food, written by registered dietitian Janis Jibrin and restaurant consultant Sidra Forman, both of whom are based in DC. Forman says baby kale, which is more tender than fully grown kale, is in season, so finding it at farmers markets should be easy. Jibrin adds that just one cup of kale provides two and a half times the daily requirement of vitamin A and six times the daily requirement of vitamin K.

Serves 4

Nutrition per serving: 84 calories, 4 grams protein, 10 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams dietary fiber, 1 gram sugar, 4 grams total fat, 0.6 grams saturated fat, 200 milligrams total omega-3 fatty acids, 102 milligrams calcium, 177 milligrams sodium.


4 cups kale, very finely chopped and stems removed
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste


1) In a large bowl, mix tahini, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon water until smooth.

2) Add kale and mix thoroughly with your hands. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Other kale recipes:
Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup
Kale Pesto

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