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.

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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If you make this garlicky kale salad, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers!

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

Garlicky Kale Salad


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2

Description

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. 


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 will work)
  • 4 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons (12 cloves) minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Break or cut kale into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl.
  2. Puree all ingredients except kale in a blender or food processor to blend the dressing.
  3. Pour dressing over kale and massage into the kale with your hands until all pieces of kale are coated.
  4. 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.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 169
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 995mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: garlicky kale salad

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    183 comments
    1. Lan Savard
      October 26, 2020 AT 7:02 pm

      I did not know how much I could like kale until I made this! The dressing is so good.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 26, 2020 AT 9:01 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you love this salad. It’s one of my faves. 🙂

    2. Kathrin
      October 24, 2020 AT 8:31 pm

      This was delicious. I didn’t have the yeast so I improvised using 2 Tbsp of whole grain rolled oats and 2 Tbsp of freshly grated real parmesan. Some crusty seared salmon on top with a lemon wedge on the side and this was better than what you get in most restaurants. Thank you for sharing.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 26, 2020 AT 12:14 am

        Yay!! I love the subs you made for the dressing and I’m glad it turned out for you. 🙂

    3. Lauren
      October 19, 2020 AT 2:53 pm

      Yum! Just happened to have all of the ingredients and whipped it up for lunch today. So easy, and love the garlicky, tangy dressing! Will definitely be making again. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 20, 2020 AT 2:00 pm

        Woo! Love it when that happens! I’m so glad you enjoyed this salad, Lauren. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    4. Kristina Haddad
      October 19, 2020 AT 11:26 am

      I’ve been trying to figure out this recipe and this nails it – yay! Thank you -I could eat bowls full!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 19, 2020 AT 12:36 pm

        Ahh yay! So glad you found it! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. 🙂

    5. اسباب کشی
      October 13, 2020 AT 1:47 am

      thank you for the recipe
      you are the best

    6. hris
      September 28, 2020 AT 5:34 am

      very greenish and looked delicious

    7. Jennifer G Hutzel
      August 26, 2020 AT 6:18 pm

      I couldn’t believe the salad bar was open again at wholefoods in nyc! I stopped by to pick up a few things but not expecting food out in the open.
      I am excited to try this salad tonight!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 26, 2020 AT 8:45 pm

        Ahh yay!! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. 🙂

    8. Mary Cays
      August 23, 2020 AT 3:53 pm

      Brittany, can it be made without the nutritional yeast or is there a substitute? And if not, where is the nutritional yeast usually found in the grocery store?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 23, 2020 AT 10:09 pm

        Hey Mary! The nutritional yeast is a key ingredient for the dressing. I wouldn’t skip it and there’s no a good substitute. You can usually find it in the natural/organic section of regular grocery stores near the condiments. If you’re at a natural foods store like Whole Foods it should be on the spice aisle. You can also buy it online… on Amazon, Target or Thrive Market.

    9. Brittany
      August 22, 2020 AT 2:39 pm

      Oh. My. Goodness. Probably the BEST healthier caesar dressing I have ever had (and I have tried a few)! It’s full of flavour, not too watery, and is perfectly creamy – not to mention SO easy to make!! I will definitely be making this again (probably doubling the batch even), and OFTEN! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 22, 2020 AT 3:47 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Brittany!! I’m so glad you’re loving this dressing. 🙂

    10. Alex
      August 20, 2020 AT 12:18 am

      OMG! Eating it right now and can’t.stop.thinking how delicious it is! I never tried the original Whole Foods version you mention, but this is simply FIRE!
      I was skeptical because I’m not into tahini-based sauces, but I gave it a try, and I’m so glad I did! This is simply divine!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 20, 2020 AT 6:02 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Alex. So pumped you are loving this recipe!

    11. Francisco
      May 23, 2020 AT 5:01 pm

      Okay. First off: this salad is amazing! I used to get this salad all the time at the Whole Foods in Columbia, SC. I now live in California – my local WF has it, but it’s not the same. This recipe brought back to that awesome WF in SC. I measure the garlic with my heart, so it was extra garlicky and delicious. This recipe also got me out of my comfort zone and tried tahini and nutritional yeast for the first time. Thank you so much for this recipe. I highly recommend it.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 25, 2020 AT 11:32 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Francisco! I’m so glad you enjoyed this salad. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it!

    12. slabiran
      April 21, 2020 AT 4:31 am

      Thank you for sharing this.

    13. Diane C.
      April 15, 2020 AT 7:07 pm

      I made your Zesty Tahini Dressing for the first time tonight. Was it ever zesty! Really delicious though. The flavours of the ingredients when combined is perfect.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 16, 2020 AT 1:28 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tahini dressing, Diane. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    14. Rebecca
      March 29, 2020 AT 4:45 pm

      WHOA! Made this for the first time (added a fried egg) and will be putting the dressing on everything from here on out

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 30, 2020 AT 2:33 pm

        Woot woot!! So glad you enjoyed this salad, Rebecca. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    15. Kerry
      November 26, 2019 AT 7:34 pm

      Thank you for recipe….it is amazing….I use it as a dressing on everything!! (Today on a warm salad of roasted kalettes, red onion, cherry tomatoes and golden beets….a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 27, 2019 AT 2:10 am

        Woo-hoo! That makes me so happy to hear, Kerry. 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve been loving this recipe. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I really appreciate it. <3

    16. طراحی سایت اصفهان
      November 9, 2019 AT 4:34 am

      delicious !!!
      thanks.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 10, 2019 AT 6:54 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it!

    17. لایوکار
      October 9, 2019 AT 9:36 am

      Thanks for this nice post

    18. ali
      May 13, 2019 AT 12:23 pm

      I am very happy with this post Thank you for sharing this

    19. jayino
      April 25, 2019 AT 1:07 am

      Thanks for your good website and information !

    20. kelideservat
      January 8, 2019 AT 11:51 pm

      that was good !
      thanks !

    21. Turkmen Dasht
      September 25, 2018 AT 11:54 am

      thank you so much for this good post

    22. Joyce N
      August 13, 2018 AT 4:07 pm

      I love this recipe, have made it many times and referred others to it. I noticed that since you have added the video, the ingredients no longer “match”. The video says 2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast (vs 4 written) and 4 cloves of garlic (vs 2 written). I’m sticking with the written because I like those proportions. Just wondered why the disparity.

    23. Jen Nunn
      July 16, 2018 AT 4:06 pm

      Love. This. Recipe!
      Question- How long will the salad w dressing keep in the fridge? Hoping for a few days.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 16, 2018 AT 4:46 pm

        Hooray! So glad you like this recipe, Jen. The dressing should definitely last 3-4 days in the fridge. Enjoy!

    24. Jill Kreiss Tinsley
      May 3, 2018 AT 6:01 pm

      So freaking delicious and easy to make too! Thank you!

    25. Rebecca Alfaro
      February 11, 2018 AT 8:57 pm

      Omg this was amazing!!! I’ll agree also, much better than WF. My local 3 stores quit carrying it (seasonal) and of course, I was hooked after the first bite. Thanks so much for having this available. May get creative and add chicken or steak and serve as main meal

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 12, 2018 AT 10:07 am

        Yay!! I’m so glad you found this recipe! And you should definitely experiment with turning this into a full meal! I actually shared a guest post on a friend’s blog where I did just that. I added chicken and sweet potatoes to make it a main dish salad. You can check it out here: http://www.nutritionistinthekitch.com/loaded-kale-salad-eating-bird-food/

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