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Fruited Cabbage Kale Salad with Tahini-Garlic Dressing – swell

Fruited Cabbage Kale Salad with Tahini-Garlic Dressing

I’m not huge on holidays, and rather less huge on themed food for holidays (apart from Thanksgiving and the baking and beverages surrounding that one consumer holiday in December).  Since we got our grill, however – because we have a space to have one now – I’m not opposed to an excuse for using it for various summertime holidays.  We had a couple friends over who brough mojitos and ketchup (we forgot to get some at the store), and grilled up a lot of stuff.  Not pictured are the Smoked Apple and Sage Field Roast sausages which were delightful with some of the aforementioned ketchup, grainy French mustard, banana peppers, and a little sauerkraut… but behold the strawberry and basil green salad, okra, corn on the cob*, and avocado:

*Notice those various colored dealies right above the salad?  They’re corn cob prongs in the shape of dogs… corn dogs!

Despite the relative green theme of our meal, I tend to feel a bit stuffed and icky the day after a holiday feast.  Trying not to spend my entire checking account on eating out at Ecopolitan (the local raw place) inspires me to try and rip off replicate a few of their dishes for a cheaper and often tastier homemade meal.  Today I give you my version of their Purple Kale Salad, a name which is a bit misleading as the purple actually refers to red cabbage and not the variety of kale.  The relatively bitter taste of raw kale and the accompanying red cabbage is balanced with sweet raisins, sweet-tart kiwifruit, tomatoes, and a tahini-garlic dressing that helps soften the greens.  This is a case where I think my version turned out better than what I’ve gotten at the restaurant lately.  But it may be the use of my CSA farm-fresh kale or that I probably add a few more raisins than they do :-)   Keeping the kale thinly sliced (important!) helps break up its fibrous texture, and the acids in the dressing and tomatoes help to soften it further.  A great introduction to eating raw kale with little or no need to marinate or massage it!

Fruited Cabbage Kale Salad with Tahini-Garlic Dressing (serves 2-3):

1/4 head red cabbage, thinly sliced

3 large leaves kale, destemmed and thinly sliced

1 c diced tomato

1-2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 c raisins

1-2 kiwifruit, peeled, quartered and sliced

2 tbsp raw tahini

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 clove garlic, minced or pressed

1/4 c water (or as needed to thin out dressing)

Gomasio, to taste (omit this if you want to remain 100% raw)

Combine kale, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and raisins in a large mixing bowl, reserving the kiwifruit.  Make the dressing by combining tahini, lemon juice, garlic and water in a sealed jar and shaking until homogenized.  Pour over kale mixture and toss until evenly distributed.  Stir in kiwi.  Let sit a few minutes if desired to help the kale soften up a bit.

Fill plates or bowls with salad and top with optional gomasio (if you like a little salt in there… my second serving was gomasio-free and equally delicious!).

18 Responses to “Fruited Cabbage Kale Salad with Tahini-Garlic Dressing”

  1. Nice grilled avocado – thanks for the link!

  2. Shelby says:

    That salad is just GORGEOUS!

  3. I’ve never thought to grill okra like that, but that is genius! Gotta give that a try. As for raw kale, I’m still not crazy about it though I wish I was. It’s just too bitter for me eaten raw. But I do enjoy juicing raw kale…and putting it in smoothies.

    • a-k says:

      Grilling okra like that is the best! There’s less risk of them falling through the grates, and they taste delicious, too.

      I understand on the kale front… it took me a long time to like it raw in a salad form. Even now, it’s definitely not my favorite salad green! But every once in awhile it’s good for a fiber/vitamin boost.

  4. Courtney says:

    Grilled corn is sooooo good! I am jealous of your grill! And that salad is beautiful–the colors are so vibrant and lovely! I love kale in any form–raw, steamed, baked, stir-fried, etc.–so I will be giving this a try soon. Good thing I got some kale at the farmers market this past weekend :-)


    PS you should work at Ecopolitan!

    • a-k says:

      I hope you do try it! You know, I’ve thought about volunteering there, but just haven’t gotten around to it. I’m afraid I might really get burnt out on making food then.

  5. Lauren says:

    That kale salad looks delicious and beautiful, I dont know weither to eat it or admire it… I think I’ll eat it! :)

  6. Recipe man says:

    this looks great thanks.

    i love to get new ideas for salads… its so good for entertaining veg

  7. Hey! This is my first time commenting, but I REALLY love your blog — and have for a long time. That kale salad looks unbelievable!

    • a-k says:

      Thanks for commenting! I’m glad to hear from my readers (who are usually pretty quiet). I hope you keep coming back ;-)

  8. Marija says:

    Wonderful ideas. Thanks so much for posting!!

    I especially appreciate the look (and ingredients list) of your salad. So creative…

    Thanks again.

    • a-k says:

      To be honest I can’t take full (or any, maybe) credit for the idea here, it really is a pretty close match to a local restaurant’s. But I’m happy to share my interpretation ;-)

  9. i want that salad in my mouth now! i love tahini so much…and with kale?!?! to die for!

  10. Astra Libris says:

    I just discovered your beautiful blog, and I’m so glad I did! Raw tahini is one of my favorite foods on the planet – I can’t wait to try out your gorgeous salad! I’m swooning with delight already!

  11. [...] homemade version–before I learned the real recipe while working there–can be found here).  Kale doesn’t mess around, either in texture, flavor, or nutritional makeup, and I quite [...]

  12. [...] Fruited Cabbage Kale Salad with Tahini Garlic Dressing The one that started it all!  My simplified take on the Ecopolitan Purple Kale Salad (before I worked there and found out how much more complicated their dressing is than my own).  Particularly for lovers of garlicky dressings, this salad pairs the bitterness of raw kale with sweet kiwifruit, juicy tomatoes, and flavorful raisins. [...]

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