Easy Peasy Edamame Kale Salad || Tahini Dressing

This is kind of the dump-any-veggies-in-your-fridge kinda of salad. In addition, everything in this salad came from Trader Joes - so it wasn't expensive nor does it contain hard to find ingredients. 

My goal is to help families get healthier foods in their busy bodies as well as create simple recipes that can easily be added to the weekly routines. We all fall victim to the we're just too tired and busy to worry about where dinner is coming from or if the kids had a veggie with their pizza. 

I could eat this style salad with literally nothing but lemon and sea salt for dressing. The freshness and the crunch is sometimes lost when you slather on the dressing. Simplicity is also great for health reasons - often time salad dressings can be loaded with processed ingredients, sugar, and tons of iodized salt. But homemade oil-free sugar-free tahini dressing is quite the opposite. I love the added fat (from the tahini) and zest of lemon that adds to this dish. Just a little goes a long way. 

Next time your at Trader Joes grab their pre packaged and boiled edamame beans. So delish! They have a tad bit of salt already which is nice. I marinate my kale in lemon before adding to recipes. It makes it so easy to devour. 

EDAMAME KALE SALAD RECIPE

Yields 1 individual salad

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup edamame beans, pre boiled (I used the ones from Traders)

1/2 cup kale, destemmed + chopped 

1 small zucchini, peeled or spiralized

5 cherry tomatoes, chopped into 4 pieces

2 Tbsp raisins

2 Tbsp chopped almonds, toasted

handful fresh herbs likes cilantro 

1/2 lemon, juice

sea salt + pepper

DIRECTIONS

+ In a small bowl combine the chopped kale and the lemon juice, massage. Let sit while you prep the rest of the salad. 

+ In a large bowl combine the rest of the ingredients; then add the kale. 

+ Toss and add sea salt and pepper to taste. 

+ Add 1/2 Tbsp of tahini dressing (recipe below). Continue to add more dressing to suite your needs. 

LEMON TAHINI DRESSING 

Yields 1/2 cup dressing

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup tahini (I used Trader Joe's brand)

1/2 Tbsp water

1 1/2 lemons, juiced

1 Tbsp vegan mayo

sea salt

DIRECTIONS

+ Blend the above ingredients in a blender until smooth.