White Bean Kale Salad With Tahini Dressing

Ingredients

GARLIC CROUTONS optional

  • 2 cups white or wheat bread, cubed (day old is best)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or other neutral oil, such as grape seed or avocado)
  • 1/4 tsp each garlic powder, sea salt + black pepper

BEANS

  • 1 15-ounce can white or butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (1 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for topping

SALAD

  • 10 ounces kale, chopped, large stems removed
  • 1 lemon, juiced (2 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch each sea salt + black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

DRESSING

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 lemons, juiced (3-4 Tbsp)
  • 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch each sea salt + black pepper
  • Hot water to thin

Directions

  1. If making croutons (optional), preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Add bread cubes to a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper, and pour over bread. Toss to combine. Season once more with a bit more garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss once more.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Flip/stir at the 10-minute mark to ensure even baking. Set aside.
  4. In the meantime, add drained beans to a small mixing bowl and add lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, and fresh parsley. Toss to combine. Set aside.
  5. Add kale to a large mixing bowl with lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, pepper and minced garlic. Use your hands to massage the kale and break down its texture a bit, and to season the salad.
  6. To prepare dressing, add tahini, garlic, lemon juice, maple syrup, sea salt, and pepper to a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine, then add hot water to thin until pourable. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.
  7. Lastly, add beans, croutons, and 3/4 of the dressing to the kale and toss to combine. Serve with any additional dressing and garnish with vegan parmesan cheese(optional, or you can use nutritional yeast). Best when fresh. If serving later, store dressing and croutons separate.

Recipe from: https://minimalistbaker.com/white-bean-kale-salad-with-tahini-dressing/