Garlicky Kale Salad (Inspired by Whole Foods)


This garlicky kale salad is the best kale salad ever and so easy to whip up. The zesty tahini dressing is absolutely delicious and makes this recipe taste JUST like the Whole Foods garlicky kale.

White bowl with garlicky kale salad and who silver serving spoons.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m semi-addicted to the Whole Foods salad bar. Granted, my addiction may have subsided a tad since I haven’t been in the store since March, but I still vividly remember my favorites!

There are so that I often end up filling my container to the brim with different veggies, beans and salads.  Sure, 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 and the second is the garlicky kale salad. After reading the ingredient list for the garlicky kale salad at the bar (Yep, 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 have to say, it’s pretty spot on!

Raw kale in a white bowl with tahini dressing drizzled over.

Ingredients Needed for This Kale Salad

  • kale
  • tahini
  • apple cider vinegar (or water)
  • lemon juice
  • Bragg’s liquid aminos (tamari or soy sauce will work)
  • nutritional yeast
  • garlic
Ingredients for garlicky kale salad on a marble counter.

Zesty Tahini Dressing

The dressing I use for the garlicky kale salad is my zesty tahini dressing. It’s made with tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, tamari, nutritional yeast and garlic. I love the zesty flavor from the garlic and apple cider vinegar and the fact that it’s oil-free.

Zesty tahini salad dressing in a glass jar with garlic, lemon and a towel on the side.

It’s definitely one of my favorite dressings ever! You’ll love it on this kale salad, but you’ll likely want to use it for other salads too. I highly recommend making a double batch!

Raw kale in a white bowl with tahini dressing being poured on.

How to Serve this Kale Salad

This garlicky kale salad is a great side option but I also love it as a base to other salads! My trick is using this as a base and then layering leftovers on top… you can’t go wrong with leftover veggies + protein on this tasty salad base!

Side view of white bowl with garlicky kale salad.

More Kale Salad Recipes to Try

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Garlicky Kale Salad

5 from 55 votes
This garlicky kale salad is the best kale salad ever and so easy to whip up. The zesty tahini dressing is absolutely delicious and makes this recipe taste JUST like the Whole Foods garlicky kale. 
White bowl with garlicky kale salad and who silver serving spoons.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2


  • 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 will work
  • 4 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons 1-2 cloves minced garlic


  • Break or cut kale into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl.
  • Puree all ingredients except kale 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 are skeptical of eating raw kale.



Serving: 1/2 of recipe Calories: 169kcal Carbohydrates: 17g Protein: 9g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 3g Sodium: 995mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 1g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlicky kale salad


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    1. digital lock
      December 13, 2021 AT 4:25 am

      it looks delicious
      Thanks for sharing

    2. S
      August 11, 2021 AT 1:40 pm

      5 stars
      This was AMAZING! I’ll be making it often! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 12, 2021 AT 1:15 pm

        Yay! So happy you loved this recipe! Thanks so much for the review 🙂

    3. Diana
      August 9, 2021 AT 12:33 am

      5 stars
      This was delicious; I’ve already made it several times—thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 9, 2021 AT 2:00 pm

        So glad you loved this salad, Diana! Thanks for making it and for the review. I so appreciate it.

    4. Gabrielle
      July 3, 2021 AT 6:17 am

      5 stars
      I’d been searching for a Whole Foods’ Garlicky Kale contender and this more than hit it out of the park!

      It was perfect to prep a batch at the beginning of the week for lunches. Absolutely delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 5, 2021 AT 11:54 am

        Woo!! So glad this recipe was a hit, Gabrielle!! Thanks so much for making it and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me!

    5. Karyn
      June 27, 2021 AT 10:41 am

      5 stars
      Made this yesterday. It was incredible! I really love the Whole Foods garlicky kale and always thought I’d try to make it one day. Once Covid hit, I stopped eating at open food bars. This recipe nailed it! Thx so much for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2021 AT 12:05 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this kale salad! Thanks for the review, Karyn. I really appreciate it 🙂

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