All my excitement about fattening up Zukay’s wonderful cucumber mint dressing last week got me thinking about dressings, and how my smoky avocado cumin dressing was the first I’ve made in a long time. Then on Saturday I was at Roots, browsing with Valerie and Katie, when I saw a packaged kale salad that was, if I may say so myself, very sad looking (I should also say that everything else in the market is fab looking). “Phhhfffffffft” I exclaimed to Katie. “Why would anyone pay for that when kale salad is so easy to make at home?”
No sooner had I said it, than I realized that I haven’t made kale salad in a really, really long time—not since I got to DC. Gasp! Sacrilege! My favorite food has taken a month long hiatus. All together, these little revelations forced me to admit that I needed to revamp my own kale salad with a fun new dressing. This dressing—a drinkable miso and sesame blend sweetened with agave—is my solution, and it happens to pair beautifully with kale. Even M, who’s not one to salivate over raw food, has outdone me in salad consumption for our last few shared dinners.
Now that’s telling.
Outstanding Miso Sesame Dressing (high raw, vegan, gluten free)
Makes 1 2/3 cups
1/2 cup mellow white miso
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup tahini (raw is preferable, but roasted is fine, and less costly)
3-4 tbsp tamari
1/2 inch fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp dry)
1 1/4 cup water
1) Blend all ingredients together on high. Add more water if the mixture is too thick.
To make the kale salad pictured, begin with:
1 bunch curly kale
1 large beefsteak tomato, chopped
1 large bell pepper (or 2 small), chopped
1) De-stem, chop, and wash kale well
2) Add about 1/3-1/2 cup of the miso dressing to the kale. Using your hands, "massage" dressing into salad well, till it’s a little wilted in texture.
3) Add tomatoes and peppers, and toss. Serve!
There’s nothing quite like returning to one of your favorite foods after a little hiatus. Especially when that food is one of the most nutrient dense and delicious on earth. What a wonderful new way to enjoy my favorite dish!
What food haven’t you eaten in a while? Can you think of new ways to prepare it?
Happy Monday. A holiday weekend awaits us!