Enjoy the vibrant flavors of curried cauliflower, sea salt massaged kale, and lemon tahini dressing in this warm kale salad. A hearty, vegan, and gluten-free entree salad that you will absolutely love.
Do you have kale growing in your backyard yet?
Because I did not manage to plant a vegetable garden this year you MUST let me live vicariously through you. What did you plant? How is it growing? What food have you made from your garden bed? As I walk past the backyard gardens in this beautiful city, I get so excited about all the vegetables I see budding and sprouting. And all of it has got me in a salad kind of mood.
While I will have to go to the grocery store this year, I hope you can make this kale salad from the greens in your backyard. This kale salad is made with oven-roasted curried cauliflower, gently massaged kale, and lemon tahini dressing for a hearty and delicious salad I think you’re going to love.
Why I love this Cauliflower Kale Salad
Not only is this Cauliflower and Kale Salad DELICIOUS, but also it is packed with nutrients, important vitamins and minerals, tons of proteins, and a whole lotta whole foods making it a fueling and wholesome salad that is hearty enough for a dinner salad.
BEYOND THAT, this salad has two of my favorite foods: kale and cauliflower.
Benefits of Kale
It’s hard not to love kale. Not only is it easy to add to anything, but it is also GREAT for you. Kale:
- is high in fiber
- helps neutralize inflammation
- is loaded with immunity-boosting vitamins
- and is filled with antioxidants
Benefits of Cauliflower
Cauliflower also has many health benefits but the main reason I love cauliflower SO MUCH is that it’s a wildly versatile food. It makes amazing mashed potatoes, you can use it as a low-carb alternative to rice, dairy-free alternative to cream sauces, and an AMAZING vegetarian option for chicken wings. Cauliflower can even be an egg replacer in baked goods and be the base for your grain-free pizza crusts.
So, we are all in agreement then that kale and cauliflower are incredible foods?
I thought so.
Ingredients in Cauliflower Kale Salad
This Cauliflower Kale Salad is made from wholesome, protein-packed, nutrient-dense ingredients. The ingredients for this kale salad are:
- Brown Lentils
- Red Onion
- Lemon Tahini Dressing
That’s it! Just whole foods that are delicious and good for you!
How to make Cauliflower Kale Salad
Step one – Cook the lentils
To cook the lentils, lentils should first be rinsed under cold water in a fine mesh strainer. This removes the unpleasant dirty flavor of lentils. Once they are rinsed and drained, place them in a saucepan with 1 cup of water. Bring the water to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 30 minutes until all the water has absorbed.
Once the lentils are done, remove them from heat and let them cool.
Step two – Bake the cauliflower
While the lentils are cooking, prepare the cauliflower. To begin, break down the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Place all the florets in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and curry powder until the florets are well coated. Transfer the curry cauliflower to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 425F for 20-25 minutes, flipping once, until the cauliflower is melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Set aside to cool.
Step three – Massage the Kale
To eat raw kale, it’s important that we give it a gentle massage. A simple massage helps to break down the toughness and bitterness while releasing sweetness and tenderness into the leaves, greatly enhancing the flavor and texture.
How to massage the kale
Massaging kale is really easy. First, you’ll want to chop the kale finely and place it in a large bowl. Next, drizzle it with a little olive oil and salt. I like adding lemon here as well for extra flavor, but that’s not necessary. The oil and salt help break down the leaf’s toughness allowing it to tenderize even more.
As you massage the kale you will notice the leaves get more vibrantly green with a bit of silky shine. The kale will also shrink in volume as the leaves tenderize.
Step four – Assemble the salad
Once the lentils and cauliflower are cooked, it’s time to assemble the salad.
Place the massaged kale at the bottom of a salad bowl. Top with lentils and cauliflower. Add avocado and red onions and mix together. Toss with Lemon Tahini Dressing and serve.
Serving and Storing the Kale Salad
- This salad can be served warm or cold. I love it both way.
- The components of this salad can be made in advance. The dressing and lentils can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. Massaged kale can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- Leftover salad can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.
- Serve this salad with a Portobello Steak or on its own. It makes a hearty lunch or light dinner.
Ready to give this Cauliflower Kale Salad a try? Let’s take a look at the recipe card below.
Enjoy the vibrant flavors of curried cauliflower, sea salt massaged kale, and lemon tahini dressing in this warm kale salad. A hearty, vegan, and gluten-free entree salad that you will absolutely fall in love with.
Keyword: Lemon Tahini Dressing
Calories: 285 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
- 1 bunch curly kale, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 tbsp water
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 clove garlic
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 tbsp red onion, minced
In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add lentils, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes until all the water has absorbed.
Preheat the oven to 425F. Break the cauliflower into bite-sized florets and place them in a large bowl. Add olive oil, salt, and curry powder and toss until the florets are evenly coated. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, flipping once.
Place the kale in a large bowl. Add olive oil and salt and gently massage for 1-2 minutes until the kale is richer green, tender, and shiny. Set aside while preparing the remaining salad ingredients.
Combine all the ingredients for the tahini dressing in a small blender and blend until smooth.
When lentils and cauliflower are done, combine them with the kale in a large salad bowl. Add avocado and red onions. Toss with lemon tahini dressing and serve immediately.