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Orange Tahini Dressing and Kale Citrus Salad

There is no denying my adoration for kale.  The deep green color.  The crisp crunch after it roasts in the oven.  The way it tenderizes after being massaged with dressing.  This nutrient dense veggie is definitely one of my favorites and for some reason I’m crazier about it now more than ever before.

Kale everyday!

Cliché?  Whatever.  I can’t help it.

orange tahini dressing and kale citrus salad // edible perspective  

Is it weird that I think about fruit and the seasons so frequently?  How strawberries are perfect in the spring and early summer and how it would seem strange to eat grapefruit in July.  How apples and pears just scream fall and don’t seem appropriate during the hot summer months.  The bright juiciness of citrus fruits in the winter makes everything okay when it’s dark by 4pm, snowy, and cold.  Fruit and the seasons correlate so well.  Don’t you think? 

orange tahini dressing and kale citrus salad // edible perspective

I told you the citrus recipes weren’t over. They probably won’t be over for awhile.

orange tahini dressing and kale citrus salad // edible perspective

This dressing is tangy and smooth, bright and sweet.

The tahini and orange balance each other while the maple syrup adds a bit of sweetness.  The dressing along with the other salad toppings are a great contrast to the hearty kale.  

orange tahini dressing and kale citrus salad // edible perspective

Citrus and kale are like a sickness roundhouse kick to the face.  They seem like the ultimate combination for this time of year.

Refreshing and satiating, too!

orange tahini dressing and kale citrus salad // edible perspective

Print this!

Orange Tahini Dressing and Kale Citrus Salad [serves 2 large or 4 side salads]

for the dressing:

  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • salt + pepper to taste

for the salad:

  • 1 head lacinato/dinosaur kale
  • 1 ruby red grapefruit, peeled + sliced
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • toasted + salted pepitas
  1. Place all dressing ingredients in a bowl, starting with 2 tablespoons of orange juice, and vigorously whisk until fully combined. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, then taste and add more if desired. Dressing will thicken a bit as it sits.  Add more orange juice to thin out if needed.  Ingredients can also be blended in a blender.
  2. Remove the stems from the kale, chop well, then wash and pat dry.  Place in a large bowl.
  3. Pour dressing overtop of the kale and massage into the greens with your hands.  Add more dressing as needed.
  4. Add the grapefruit, apple, and pepitas.
  5. Serve immediately.

*To toast raw pepitas:  Place 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan over med-low.  Once hot, add 1/2 cup raw pepitas to the pan with a few pinches of salt and/or pepper.  Toast for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until puffed up and golden brown.  Remove from heat then let cool and store in a sealed container.

orange tahini dressing and kale citrus salad // edible perspective 

Are you crushing on citrus and kale right now?  I’ve got it bad over here.


The winner from the LGF Hot Oats giveaway was announced Monday on Facebook, but I wanted to share here as well. Aimee from Amazing in Motion was the winner.  Congrats, Aimee!

Reader Comments (28)

I, too, eat kale more or less every day, and love the experience of eating seasonally. It makes life more exciting, and it helps me to notice and appreciate the little things in life. I love everything about this salad--it seems pretty much perfect, and I can't wait to make it!

Any tips for cutting grapefruits so beautifully?
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey @ Pas de Deux
oh wow, I absolutely love the idea of this salad. Like you, I can't get enough of citrus right now...and kale is already a fave!
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternatalie
This sounds like a real ray of sunshine - I love the brightness of that dressing. Wonderful.
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
I love kale! I haven't been able to find any dinosaur/lacinato kale locally however :( I only have the curly available in my grocery. Citrus fruits are such a great winter treat!
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHerbivore Triathlete
Thanks so much Ashley. I'm so excited to try Love Grown Foods.
I am addicted to kale! This looks delicious. The citrus fruits have been just incredible this year.
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAimee
This sounds amazing. I may have to try this recipe, and I am not the biggest kale fan at all!
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeva at deva by definition
Of course citrus season isn't over! And a good thing, too. :) Grapefruit and kale with crunchy pepitas sounds like an amazing salad.
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
I love kale too! I've been wanting to make dressing with a tahini base for a long time. A citrusy tahini dressing sounds so good!
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
Yum! Looks beautiful and delicious!
This looks so great Ashley! Just this week I bought a premixed kale salad and loved it. Glad to have a recipe I can make on my own now!! Thanks.
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne J
Yum! I love how you used tahini as the base for the dressing.
Wow, what gorgeous photos! I've been reading your blog for a while now, but have never commented. It's about time! I love your blog and this salad looks totally delicious. I love kale.

I also nominated you for an award. Check it out here:
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuta
I made a version of this for dinner tonight! The salad was the same except I added some chickpeas and sliced fennel, and then since I'm not a tahini fan (always tastes so bitter to me) I made a creamy dressing in my vitamix made with raw almonds, water, ACV, orange juice + zest, ginger root, garlic, Dijon, and a little olive oil, salt and pepper. It was absolutely delicious- thanks for the inspiration! Also, any suggestions on warming up to tahini? Do you use raw, roasted, organic....does any of that matter? I want to like it but it always tastes awful to me, and I'm not a picky eater in the slightest, so I'm still holding out hope that there's some magic variety I haven't discovered yet....
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
I am absolutely head over heels for kale and grapefruit, so this recipe was exactly what I wanted! I had almost all the ingredients too so I made it! I subbed cucumber for the apple and sunflower seeds for pepitas and left out the orange zest because I'm lazy. It was delicious, thanks for all the refreshing recipes! I still need to try that grapefruit parfait you posted earlier, it looked soooo good!
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLacey
@Lindsey - I sliced the grapefruit and then just cut away the edges. It was actually really easy! :)

@Herbivore - Curly kale will totally work. I love it in salads but I know a lot of people prefer the tenderness of lacinato kale for salads.

@Aimee - You're so welcome!

@Adrienne - Hope you enjoy it. :)

@Ruta - Thank you so much for the kind words about my photography and also thank you for the award! Much appreciated!

@Amy - I know what you mean about tahini. It has taken some getting used to, but I still don't really enjoy it on it's own. Salt definitely helps and sometimes I'll put it over a sweet potato with salt and pepper. I've really started enjoying it in my everyday dressings. Roasted will definitely have a better flavor, in my opinion. Raw will retain more of the bitterness. This is the brand I buy: -- I don't love it like almond or peanut butter, but it's my favorite in dressings. I understand what you mean "butter" I can't warm up to is sunflower seed butter, even though I adore sunflower seeds. Maybe the maple syrup and orange flavors will help ease you into it! :) The dressing combo you made sounds delicious!
January 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Ashley - These pictures are amazing. I love the 5th picture that is right above the recipe. My mouth is watering!!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLori @ forkfuloffreedom
I saw this on Foodgawker and had to click over. This is such a great take on kale salads! And lovely pictures, btw!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana @ Appetite for China
This salad looks so beautiful and refreshing! I've been on an orange kick lately too. My mother-in-law bought of big box of them, and I've been putting them in everything!
@Diana - Thanks for stopping by to say hello! Much appreciated. :)
January 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
This looks so beautiful and refreshing! I love grapefruit and kale and tahini...... So I ill be making this soon!
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshley M.
OMG. This is the BEST recipe you have ever shared on the blog. I am not kidding. It is sinful how much of this I just ate! I also added an avocado and some raisins, and the texture of the whole thing was aMAzing!

Thank you so much for sharing it!
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKel
@Kel - Thank you!!! You are awesome for letting me know you tried it! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed it so much. Your additions sound perfect. I adore dried fruit on salad. :) Have a great weekend!
January 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I love Kale! I put it on and in everything! :)
January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBlogging Runner
Love this! Love the kale and the grapefruit. Beautiful photos!
Holy moooooly... This might be the BEST dressing I've ever had! Made this tonight for dinner, and seriously loved it. Will definitely be making it again! Thank you!
January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand and it was so fast to mix up. The dressing was delicious and the apple, grapefruit and pepitas were awesome add-ins. I loved this salad!
January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela
I love using tahini in dressings! This looks amazing--beautiful and delicious!
January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
Oh my gosh! I made this last night to bring with me to work today and it marinated in the fridge all night. It was... the best... salad ever.
November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLace

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