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Baby Kale Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Tahini-Lemon Vinaigrette

 

Baby Kale Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Tahini-Lemon Vinaigrette


It’s been really hot here in San Diego, so we have been grilling and/or eating a lot of salads. I thought I would share with you all a very simple but delicious salad that I prepared last week. This salad made with tender baby kale, toasted pine nuts, parmigiano-reggiano and tahini lemon vinaigrette. If you think you don’t like kale give baby kale a try. The minerals and vitamins in raw kale are impressive. It’s loaded with vitamins K, A and C, as well as calcium and magnesium. Baby kale has a milder flavor than mature kale, the stalks have just a nice bit of crunch but the leaves are still peppery. I love to make salad dressings from scratch and avoid all of the preservatives and high sugar content that is found in most of the store-bought variety. For my dressing, I mixed tahini with fresh squeezed lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, a bit of garlic, smoked sweet paprika and some agave nectar for sweetness. With just a few ingredients, this salad manages to hit all of the notes a good salad should have and it gets even better in the fridge overnight.

Note: If you can’t find tahini sesame paste in your local grocery store here are couple of online options: www.kalamala.com and www.sadaf.com and here’s the link to smoked sweet paprika

Serves 2

Ingredients:

For salad:

  • Baby kale, 2-3 generous handfuls
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons finally grated Permigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsalted toasted pine nuts
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese shavings, for garnish (use vegetable peeler)

For Tahini-Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon filtered water

Directions:

  1. In a salad bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Add the baby kale and toss well to coat.
  2. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes if desired. Let the salad sit at room temperature for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Add the grated cheese and toss again. Sprinkle toasted pine nuts and garnish with the cheese shavings before serving.

Enjoy!

Baby Kale Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Tahini-Lemon Vinaigrette

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Tina | Mademoiselle Gourmande
    May 20, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I have never heard of baby kale actually. But it does sound tempting.
    The dressing sounds amazing anyway. 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Thanks! Baby kale is becoming more and more available in the supermarkets. I actually really like using it for salads now. The dressing was really good and blended well with leafy greens! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Lily
    May 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I have fallen in love with kale as I am learning how to properly use it in recipes. The first time I used kale was in a stir-fry, it didn’t go so well, very tough to eat because I included the stems and all. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe:)

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 20, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Thanks Lily! We eat a lot of kale, I normally just sauté kale with a little bit of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and finish with some soy sauce. I think it taste really good and it’s super healthy. Thanks for stopping by:)

      • Reply
        crafteaheart
        May 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm

        Great idea. 🙂 Thanks for this tip! Simple and easy!

  • Reply
    EmmaK
    May 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Love Kale. Never heard of a baby variety but will be on the look out now.

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 20, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Emma! Baby kale is great for salads and its becoming more popular and available.

  • Reply
    Tracy
    May 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Oooh this looks and sounds lovely! I love the vinaigrette, too! I just made a ton of homemade tahini and I’ve been looking for additional ways to use it; I think this will be next on my list! 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks! Tahini is one of my favorite ingredients to use in salad dressings, especially if it’s homemade.

  • Reply
    lapetitecasserole
    May 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Believe orn not it,s really hot even here in Montréal. Your salad would be perfcet, I love all the ingrédients you’ve used!

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks! It’s such a simple salad but packed with flavor! Hope it will cool soon in Montreal:)

  • Reply
    Lori
    May 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Kale! Yes please! What is tahini?

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Tahini is paste made from ground sesame seeds. That’s a major component in hummus. You can find it in the same aisle as peanut butter, etc I really like adding tahini to my salad dressings:)

      • Reply
        Lori
        May 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

        Ok thanks! Sounds good! I’ll have to look for it.

  • Reply
    crafteaheart
    May 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Loook sooo good!

  • Reply
    flippenblog
    May 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I will try the tahini vinaigrette. Love this thanks.

  • Reply
    crafteaheart
    May 20, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I tried to find Tahini and no luck. Where can I find it? What isle would it be? 🙂

    • Reply
      oceanviewkitchen
      May 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Look in your spice aisle or the same aisle as peanut butter, almond butter. are you in US? i know that whole foods and trader joe’s carry tahini sesame paste. i will update my post with couple of online options.

      • Reply
        crafteaheart
        May 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

        Trader joes it will be!! Love that store. Yes, I am on the NW area of the US! Thanks!!!! Yeah, I went to two other markets yesterday and nothing in the spice aisle. 🙂

        • Reply
          oceanviewkitchen
          May 21, 2014 at 8:41 am

          Yes, Trader Joe’s will have it for sure. I also just updated the post with online options for tahini paste and smoked sweet paprika if you interested.

          • crafteaheart
            May 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm

            Yay thanks for that extra! Xoxo

  • Reply
    crafteaheart
    May 20, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I gotta try this!

  • Reply
    Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook
    May 21, 2014 at 11:58 am

    This is perfect for summer!! And light & healthy too- thanks for sharing, YUM!!

  • Reply
    Cindy
    May 26, 2014 at 4:57 am

    I’m loving pine nuts these days and what a great way to use them. The special nutty flavour would go so well with the distinct arugula. Great post!

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