If you are like me, you would think… Peanut Butter Kale Salad, eh?..well that sounds odd.
But you (and I) would be wrong, it is so, so, so good.
Well at least I think so. Whenever I am home alone, I tend to make a giant bowl of this salad and eat the whole thing for dinner.
In fact, I don’t actually think I have ever made it for anyone else…it is my secret salad.
Secret no more!
Maple Syrup (optional)
Hot Sauce (optional)
You may have noticed, I didn’t provide any measurements. Unless baking, I think measuring cups and spoons are a nuisance. You make a simple dressing and before you know it you have dirtied 17 dishes, and lost all creativity in the kitchen. I recommend, just eyeballing it, and then most importantly, tasting it! Adjust as needed. So instead of giving you measurements, I am giving you an eyeball guide…
I like to mix my salad dressing directly in the bowl I want to toss my salad in. Again, no extra dishes!
So, blob in some peanut butter, a smaller blob of tahini, hot sauce if you like, and a drizzle maple syrup. I use natural unsweetened peanut butter so maple syrup is a good addition, but if you use the sweetened kind, it is probably not needed.
Now add two spoonfuls of nutritional yeast, and splash of soy sauce (not too much!) looks like a lot because it blended with maple syrup. Start small, you can always taste and add more if the dressing needs more saltiness.
Stir that up. It will probably be a bit thick and goopy, so add small amounts of water until it is nice creamy consistency.
Prepare your Kale by ripping the leafy part from the stem, and tear those pieces into bit sized pieces.
Make an enormous pile like this.
Now get in there with your hands. Clean hands only please! You want to massage the kale. rub the dressing into it, and rub all the leaves. This removes the bitterness from the kale.
The kale should be all saucy and about half the size as it was when starting.
Slice some red onion thinly, cut up some avocado, toss in some dried cranberries, and lightly toss.
Finish with a sprinkle of black and white (or whatever colour you have) sesame seeds.
If you make this recipe, let me know if you devour it like me!