Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Tahini Dressing

March 4, 2013

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Yes, you read that heading correctly. This salad is for real and not merely a food fantasy you are having right now.

My friend Jessica made this for book club last month (where we read the hilarious Let’s Pretend This Never Happened). It wound up being the focal point of our conversation because we could not get over how delicious it was. I’ve made it more than once since then and envision this to be a wintertime staple in our house.

Ingredients: (Makes 4 to 6 servings)
Slightly adapted from Real Simple

1/4  cup  pine nuts
1  small head cauliflower, cut into florets 
1/4  teaspoon  cayenne pepper
4  tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and black pepper
1/4  cup  tahini (sesame seed paste)
3  tablespoons  lemon juice
10  cups  stemmed and chopped kale (about 1 bunch) or torn escarole
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2  cup  dried sweetened cranberries (the original recipe calls for raisins)

Directions:  In a sauce pan on low heat, lightly toast the pine nuts until fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside

Heat oven to 450° F. On a baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with the cayenne, 2 tablespoons of the oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Roast, tossing once, until golden and tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, ⅓ cup water, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper (adding more water if necessary, to achieve the consistency of heavy cream). Add the kale, onion, cranberries, pine nuts, and cauliflower and toss to combine.

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montre kelly hermes July 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Je suis un idiot massif, mais je sais

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Lauren @ A Nerd Cooks March 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm

This looks like it would be so good! I can’t wait to try it out. Thank you for the healthy recipe.

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

You are most welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

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Lauren March 9, 2013 at 5:39 am

Always looking for new tasty and easy kale recipes! Going to try this one soon!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I think you’ll really like it!

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Marty March 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

Made this last night and it was delicious. Thanks for the great healthy recipe!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

Wonderful! I’m so glad you liked it.

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