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Garlicky Kale

by jenny sansouci on June 30, 2011

My friend Rachel sent me this recipe for garlicky kale, which she got from Whole Foods. In her message to me, she said it’s her “favorite thing in the whole wide world.” When someone gets that enthusiastic about kale, you KNOW I have to try it!

This amazingly yummy dressing makes it easy to eat a lot of kale in one sitting. That’s a good thing. 🙂 In fact, if you’ve ever had kale chips, this recipe tastes really similar to kale chips – except the kale is fresh instead of dehydrated or baked. It’s so easy to make, it’ll likely become a staple in your kitchen! It’s great as a side dish or when you want a savory snack.


  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 head of kale, washed, dried & stems removed.
  • Pinch of cayenne

Rip kale into bite sized pieces. Blend all ingredients. Pour over kale.

Massage dressing into kale. Sprinkle with cayenne. Let sit in fridge for about 30 mins to let the dressing set in (or eat it right away…why not!)

The other cool thing about this recipe is that you can swap out whatever ingredients you want and try it with other things. Try a little dijon mustard. Add a little olive oil. You really can’t go wrong. Get your kale on, people!!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Meg July 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I have tried so many different Kale recipes and they are all “ok”. I have been in desperate need for a new one to try out. I will try this recipe tonight. It looks delicious. If it turns out good, I will blog it and link back to you. Can’t wait! 🙂


Michelle Forchetti July 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I am so glad I found your post! This is one of my absolute favorites too. . .even though I **burp** up garlic the rest of the day. . .this is truly yummy and I think I could eat it every day. Thanks!!


Erin @ The Grass Skirt July 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

This sounds delicious! I cannot wait to make it. I am always looking for new kale recipes. 🙂


rebecca July 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I’m so happy that I have everything at home to make this tonight! I bought kale the other day and have been trying to figure out something new to do with it. The same old gets boring! I’ll let you know how it goes!


Kathi March 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I would have to agree, the Garlicky Kale at WF is one of my favorite dishes, even my Husband asks for it regularly. I am going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing


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