A Kale to Action


Kale is my #1 green. (Don't get it twisted; my #1 lettuce is arugula) I know it's nuts but sometimes I need a break from all the cold weather soups and this salad does the trick. The kale is hearty and the lemon-tahini dressing is the perfect zip up against all the savory + rich winter dishes.




  • 1 bunch of lacinato kale, cleaned, de-stemmed and sliced chiffonade 
  • 1/2 pear, sliced matchstick (here I used a red Bartlett pear) 
  • zest from 1/2 lemon 
  • 1/4 c. dried cherries  
  • 2 T pinenuts
  • 2 oz. shaved pecorino romano 


  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 T. tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, grated 
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of red chili flake 
  • 1 T. maple syrup 
  • 1/4 c. olive oil 


  1. For dressing, whisk together everything but the olive oil. Once combined, whisk in the olive oil.
  2. Toss kale with dressing, being sure to coat well. Don't be afraid to use your hands! 
  3. Add the rest of the salad ingredients and toss. Serve chilled or room temp. 

Don't get hung up on the specifics; sub the pear for an apple or the pine nuts for pistachios. Pecorino is a bit support but parm works in a pinch. No lacinato kale? Regular is fine too and just as delicious.