Tahini Kale Salad with Dates and Almonds

January 23, 2014

Author Notes: This is a dressing I use a lot for hearty greens as it is thick enough to coat, creamy, and balanced. You can thin it out a bit for more dainty lettuces, but the tangy mixture benefits from a bit of bitterness.savorthis

Food52 Review: While most kale salads can lay claim to the virtues of portability and wholesomeness, it's hard to find one that packs as much attitude as this one. The creamy dressing combined with sweet dates and crunchy nuts mean no two bites are the same. I think it would also be excellent wrapped up in a warm pita with a dollop of labneh and a little za'atar. Now that's a sassy lunch! Next time, I'll use all lemon juice instead of adding water for added acidity.chez_mere

Serves: 2


  • 1 bunch kale, chard, or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime or lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 to 3 medjool dates, pitted, sliced
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper
In This Recipe


  1. Remove stems from greens, lay in a flat pile, and roll up tightly. Slice crosswise into very thin strips.
  2. Whisk tahini, honey, juice, sriracha, and oils until smooth. It will be quite thick. Add water a bit at a time until it is smooth and creamy, but not too runny. Toss greens, almonds, dates, and green onions* with dressing. Season with a pinch of salt and some cracked pepper.
  3. *I often will rinse green onions to reduce the bite when served raw.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

Jacqueline J. October 28, 2014
Thanks for this recipe. It is just delicious. The only tweak I added was toasting the almonds a touch, but otherwise tracked your instructions closely.
Author Comment
savorthis October 28, 2014
Glad you liked it and glad you toasted the almonds! I usually do toast them (even if I also then burn the first batch) and neglected to say so in the instructions.