Yummy Garlicky Kale

I went to DC last week and totally indulged - in clean eating and resting my body to the max. I needed a retreat from my everyday work and this was the perfect respite. Good sleep. Good food. Good Heavens, what more could one ask for?!

So while I was there, I went to Whole Foods every single day. They have this one Kale Salad there that I LOVE that they don't have here in Houston for some reason. Doesn't hurt that kale is in season right so it tastes extra fresh! Anyway, I ate that every day and felt so good! My skin looks glowier (that's a word, right?), my hair is shinier and I just feel better overall.

When I got back, I was able to remember the ingredients and create a copycat recipe. Hope y'all enjoy it!

INGREDIENTS

·      1 bunch raw kale, washed, de-stemmed and dried

·      2 Tablespoons tahini

·      2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or water)

·      2 Tablespoons lemon juice

·      2 Tablespoons Bragg's liquid aminos (tamari or soy sauce would work too)

·      4 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

·      2 teaspoons minced garlic (1 - 2 cloves of garlic)

·      sesame seeds, to taste as garish (optional)

PREPARATION

Tear kale into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl. Puree all ingredients except kale and sesame seeds in a blender or food processor to blend the dressing. Pour dressing over kale and massage into the kale with your hands until all pieces of kale are coated. 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 more palatable - particularly for those who don’t like raw kale. You can also do this with any other leafy green you like – I’m going to try it with arugula next. Sprinkle on some sesame seeds before serving if so desired.