Raw Kale Salad

From farm member, Melanie T.
Salad Ingredients:
1 large bunch of kale (cut out stems and cut kale into bite size pieces)
1 1/2 red pepper (cut into strips and then in thirds)
3 stalks celery (sliced)
1 large cucumber (peeled and sliced)
Handful of cilantro (finely chopped) and/or use any other herbs you love
Sesame seed (to taste)
Dressing Ingredients:
Juice from 1 1/2 large lemons or 3 small ones
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 ish cup raw tahini
1-3 cloves garlic or more if you love raw garlic (minced or finely chopped)
(I am somewhat guessing on the amount of soy sauce and olive oil, so feel free to change it to you meet your own tastes)
Cut stems out of the kale and discard. Cut kale into bite-sized pieces and put into a large bowl. Add fresh lemon juice, soy sauce, and olive oil and massage (grab and squeeze) the kale with your hands for about 10 or so minutes. Doing this pre-digests the kale and changes the texture and taste. When you are done massaging the kale it will be a much smaller bowl of kale and will look similar to cooked spinach (dino kale doesn’t look as much like cooked spinach as curly kale does because the leaves are much thicker). It is normal to have a good amount of juice at the bottom of the bowl after massaging it. If you want, you can add some ground flaxseed to soak up the juice and make the salad more hearty. Add garlic and tahini to taste. Finish by adding the vegetables and herbs that you cut up and the sesame seeds and enjoy! This salad will make you feel so good when you are done eating it!

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