|raw food salad: lacinato kale, red and orange peppers|
One of the most delicious raw food salad ingredients is kale. I am particularly fond of what they call Dinosaur or Lacinato kale. I think it has a softer texture and easier to eat in raw form then the other varieties. The flavor is subtler and has a kind of nutty aftertaste.
One way I spice up my raw food kale salads is with a favorite dressing that I toss in and then work into the leaves with my hands. If you let the salad sit for about 30 minutes, the dressing soaks into the kale and softens it a bit so it's more chewable.
Here are the ingredients to my favorite raw food kale salad dressing:
Tahini (plain or roasted)
Mix by hand or whip it up in a food processor. I also use this dressing over other fresh vegetable salads or rice. Tahini is optional but is great addition of protein to your salad along with extra nutty flavor.