Kale, Romaine, and Apple Salad with Sesame-Avocado Dressing

Kale, Romaine, and Apple Salad

Here’s a fresh and crunchy kale salad with a double dose of sesame (tahini and seeds). Did you know that sesame seeds are a good source of calcium? This salad goes with just about any kind of meal — bean and grain dishes, stews, chilies, veggie burgers. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Kale, Romaine, and Apple Salad with Sesame-Avocado Dressing
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Recipe type: Kale salad
Cuisine: Raw / healthy
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Serves: 6
 
Here’s a fresh and crunchy kale salad with a double dose of sesame (tahini and seeds).
Ingredients
  • 8 leaves kale (preferably lacinato but curly is fine), washed and dried
  • Olive oil for massaging
  • 8 leaves romaine
  • 1 medium sweet, crisp apple, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced or cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Pinch of salt
Sesame-avocado dressing
  • ½ medium ripe avocado, peeled
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, or more to taste
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch of cumin
Instructions
  1. Strip the kale leaves off the stem. Discard the stem or slice it very thinly if you’d like to use it.
  2. Slice the kale leaves very thinly and put in a serving bowl. With a little olive oil rubbed onto your palms, massage the kale leaves until they turn bright green and soften. This will take a minute or less.
  3. Cut the romaine leaves lengthwise through the midrib, then slice thinly crosswise.
  4. Add the sliced stem (if using), romaine, apple, carrots, and sesame seeds to the bowl with the kale. Toss together, and season with pepper and a pinch of salt.
  5. Combine the avocado, tahini, lemon juice, water, and cumin in a food processor or blender. Process until completely smooth.
  6. Pour about ½ cup of the dressing over the kale mixture and toss together. Serve at once. Pass the dressing around to embellish individual servings.

Kale, Romaine, and Apple Salad with sesame dressing

Massaged Kale, Romaine, and Apple Salad

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