This is one of my absolute favorite salads, no joke! I usually make this about once a week. It is very hearty and filling and makes a quick meal all by itself. It's great time to start getting into salads as meals, and this one makes that easy. It's always important to know why we are eating what we are eating, so I broke down some of the key ingredients in this recipe.
Now let's get into the recipe and some of these amazing ingredients.
Tahini:I always have a jar of tahini in my house. I make lots of dressing out of it and I love putting it in smoothies in place of nut butter. Tahini is the paste made from ground hulled sesame seeds and it's commonly used in Middle Eastern food. Tahini is an excellent source of copper, manganese and the amino acid methionine. plus its source of the healthy fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. My absolute favorite brand of Tahini is Organic Once Again,
Fresh Lemon Juice: Always and I mean ALWAYS use fresh lemon juice in a recipe. The kind you can buy bottled not only doesn't taste the same, isn't every good and the concentrated amounts in bottles will throw off any recipe, Almost all chefs use fresh lemon in recipes, so that are not measuring based on those bottle varieties. Fresh lemons are always important to have in the fridge, they can add balance in a sauce or dressing, by just adding a little squeeze.
2c. Red Quinoa Cooked
1/2c. Green Pepper
16 Sugar Plum Tomatoes
Plus (a little olive oil, and a little lemon for massaging the kale)
1) Massage Torn Kale with about a 1/2 TBLS. of olive oil and a couple squeezes of lemon, just enough to coat leaves, set aside for 5 min
2) Slice Radishes and Green Pepper
4 TBLS. Tahini
4 TBLS. Water
4 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp.Sea Salt
3)Whisk all dressing ingredients together, adjust water to desired thickness, and salt to desired taste.
4) Place Kale, Quinoa, Pepper, Tomatoes, Radishes on plate or in bowl
5) Top with desired amount of dressing
Makes Enough For 2 Large Salads