Feel Good Salad

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Feel Good Salad

This lemony salad is full of goodness and is filling enough to eat on it’s own.  Feel free to substitute or add to this recipe as it could really be adapted to suit whatever you have in terms of fresh produce.  The secret of this recipe for me is in finely shredding the kale and scrunching it up with the dressing to soften it. Recipe adapted from The Minimalist Baker

Kale

1 x large bunch of kale, finely sliced and large stems removed
Squeeze of lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 x handful of toasted pine nuts
Salt and pepper to taste

White Beans, Avocado and Cucumber

1 x can of white or butter beans
1 x lebanese cucumber, diced
1 x avocado, diced
½ lemon juiced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper

Croutons

2 cups of bread, cubed (I used a sourdough spelt loaf)
¼ cup olive oil
salt and pepper

Tahini Dressing

1/3 cup light tahini
1 ½ lemons, juiced
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
salt and pepper
hot water to thin

Method

Preheat the oven to 160°C  and mix your cubed bread with the olive oil and seasoning and tip on to a baking tray.  Bake in the oven until golden and crispy turning every now and then so that they brown evenly. Set aside to cool slightly while you make the salad.

In a small bowl, combine the drained beans, avocado and cucumber with the lemon juice, olive oil, parsley and seasoning and toss to combine.  Set aside.

Next, make the dressing for the kale by whisking the olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup and seasoning together.  Add to the kale and scrunch to combine and soften the kale.  Toast the pine nuts in a dry frypan and set aside.

Make the tahini dressing by whisking all the ingredients together, adding enough hot water to thin the consistency to your liking.

When you are ready to eat, assemble the salad in a large bowl.  To the dressed kale add the white bean mixture and croutons.  Top with the toasted pine nuts and drizzle with a little tahini dressing.  Serve the additional tahini dressing on the side. (Only add the tahini dressing and croutons when you are ready to eat, otherwise it all gets a little soggy).

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