My friend Julia's latest post was about this dressing - tahini, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, sambal oelek, honey and rice vinegar - a magical combination of salty, sweet and spicy that made me hungry just reading about it even though it was only 8:00 AM and I'd just eaten breakfast.
It sounded really good so I made a jar of the stuff first thing in the morning. It wasn't hard and left me with ginger-scented fingertips which I like, unlike garlic-scented fingertips which I do not enjoy hence my heavy reliance on the garlic press, something purists probably deplore. Luckily, I am not a purist.
I had neither sambal oelek nor tamari in the house so I substituted sriracha and soy sauce for them with excellent results. I put it in the fridge to let the flavors develop all day. I love these working jars with lids - they're so useful and I like the look of them, too.
Then I used it to make a delicious kale salad for dinner. And the leftovers played a starring role in the world's most satisfying rice bowl the next day for lunch (more about that next week).
The salad is pretty easy - you blanch the kale for a bit in boiling water then drain it and toss it with a generous helping of the dressing until everything is thoroughly coated.
Slice a perfectly ripe avocado over it and drizzle with toasted sesame seeds and a sprinkle of sea salt. The flavors are addictive. And it's really good for you, so there's that, too. Happy Meatless Monday!
For the dressing
* 1/4 cup oil (grapeseed, sunflower or safflower)
* 1 Tbsp sesame oil
* 3 Tbsp tahini
* 3 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce (I only had soy so I used that)
* 2 Tbsp rice vinegar (unseasoned)
* 1 tsp sambal oelek or sriracha (you can use more if you like it hotter - I'm wimpy about heat)
* 1 Tbsp honey
* 1 large garlic clove, pressed or finely chopped
* A 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated
* 2 tsp sesame seeds
For the salad
* 2 bunches organic kale, ribs removed and roughly chopped
* 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
* 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
* Sprinkle of sea salt
* Few grinds of white pepper
1. Make the dressing as far ahead of time as you can - it improves with age. Mix all the ingredients together and stir or shake to combine then taste it and adjust the flavors as needed until you're happy.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil then submerge the greens for 2-3 minutes until softened. Remove and drain then toss hot with the dressing, stirring well to coat all the kale evenly. Slice the avocado over the top and sprinkle liberally with the sesame seeds, a little sea salt and a few grinds of white pepper. Serve warm.
You might also like:
- Lemony Kale Salad with Addictive Coconut Avocado Dressing
- Miso Sesame Roasted Broccoli & Sweet Potato Rice Bowl
- Wakame Kyuri Su - Cucumber Seaweed Salad with Black Sesame Seeds
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