Get my recipe for garlicky kale salad with a tahini dressing. This recipe was inspired by the Whole Foods salad bar and it’s absolutely delicious!
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m semi-addicted to the Whole Foods salad bar.
There are so many delicious items on the bar that I often end up filling my container to the brim with different veggies, beans, salads and the like. Then I end up paying an arm and a leg for my meal, but it’s totally worth it. 😉
Whole Foods Salad Bar Recreations
Of course, I have some favorite items on the bar — one being the Cracklin’ Cauliflower, which I’ve already recreated at home and the second is the garlicky kale salad. After reading the ingredient list for the garlicky kale salad at the bar (shh… here’s a little secret — all items on the bar have an ingredient list posted) I decided to make my own variation at home. I knew the ingredients, but didn’t know the exact measurements so it took a little trial and error. I’ve made it several times now and I think it’s pretty spot on!
Zesty Tahini Dressing
The dressing I used for the garlicky kale salad is my zesty tahini dressing. It’s made with tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, tamari, nutirtional yeast and garlic. I love the zesty flavor from the garlic and apple cider vinegar and the fact that it’s oil free. It’s definitely one of my favorite dressings ever!
The recipe for Whole Foods garlicky kale! This is the best kale salad!
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 garnish (optional)
Break or cut 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(affiliate link) 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 are skeptical of eating raw kale.
Sprinkle on some sesame seeds before serving if so desired.