Who’s Kale? Best Creamy Kale Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for the best kale salad, this is it! I became hooked on kale salad when I first discovered this recipe at the Whole Foods near a dance event in Washington, DC. It was so good, I ate it for 3 days in a row.

I immediately looked it up on the internet and was not surprised to learn that other people were as keen on the same kale salad that I was. I found the recipe, though I’ve since made my own tweaks to improve it. Credit to the original internet source: http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2011/02/garlicky-kale/

How this salad got its name

Last Sunday at Niagara VegFest I picked up a couple of I “heart” kale pieces of merchandise–a bag as well as a couple of buttons. Two days later, I was riding the subway in Toronto late at night and a guy asked me, “Who’s Kale?” which became a running joke among my other kale-loving friends. The name stuck.

Who’s Kale?

The Kale Recipe everyone’s talking about – Who’s Kale? 

  • 1 bunch raw curly kale, washed, de-stemmed and dried
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut aminos, tamari, or salt to taste (I actually use soy-free miso to taste lately)
  • 6 Tablespoons nutritional yeast (or more – yum!)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (1 – 2 cloves of garlic, when I’m lazy I use garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard (optional)
  • a couple of tablespoons of water to thin it out to the thickness of your choice
  1. Wash, dry and remove the stems from your kale. Rip into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl.
  2. Puree all ingredients (except kale) in a blender or food processor to blend the dressing.
  3. You can make this dressing thinner by adding more water in which case you can pour it directly on to your kale and massage it in. However, I’ve since changed to keeping my dressing thick with only a couple of tablespoons of water so it’s more like a paste, and then adding my kale to it and massaging it in that way. It gives more flavour punch and sticks to the leaves better.
  4. Eat it right away, or let the salad sit in the fridge for an hour or so to marinate. You can skip this step if you need to eat right away, but allowing some time to marinate will wilt the kale a bit and make it a little softer – particularly for those who are skeptical about eating raw kale.

My favourite: Who's Kale? With a little green onion. #30DaysofSalad #salad #raw

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More ways to eat kale?

Some people only think of kale as a cooked food but I really prefer it raw. Eating it raw has completely changed my view of this super green, and I really find it much more satisfying than other lettuces or baby spinach for salads.

  • Kale salads of all sorts are delicious. Make sure to massage the dressing into the washed, de-stemmed kale so that it really softens and marinates.
  • In juice: I keep the kale stems and use them for juicing. One of my favourite combinations is kale with pear. Kale + pear are a wonderful pair!
  • Kale Chips
  • In smoothies: Since I eat so much kale at other times of the day, I tend to favour spinach in my morning smoothies, but kale often makes an appearance too.

When I’m on the go in Toronto, I seek out kale salads from restaurants like:I heart kale

  1. Freshii 
  2. Fresh
  3. Urban Herbivore
  4. Vegetarian Haven

In New York City, Juice Generation also makes one of my favourite kale salads to-go that’s massaged with avocado. It’s pretty awesome.

Wikipedia has this to say about kale:

Kale or borecole (Brassica oleracea Acephala Group) is a vegetable with green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbagethan most domesticated forms. The species Brassica oleracea contains a wide array of vegetables, including broccolicauliflowercollard greens, and brussels sprouts. The cultivar groupAcephala also includes spring greens and collard greens, which are extremely similar genetically.

Want to know more about the various varieties of kale? Check out ilovekale.com.

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