Saturday, October 1, 2011


Welcome MoFoers!

A note about my theme for 2011:
I have decided to pay tribute to my first vegetable garden (i.e. use up the veggies I have on-hand) and go with a “greens, greens, and more greens” theme this year.  Here at In My Vegan Life, during the month of October, you’ll find many greens dishes, both originals and cookbook finds ranging from savory one-pot meals to sides and snacks.  When I say “greens” I mostly mean collards and kale, but I will also be using yummies like spinach, chard, and beet greens on occasion.  In an attempt to avoid the dreaded “VeganMoFo Burnout”, I will most likely also include some non-greens posts.

Without further ado, I give you a recipe, which, although quite simple, quickly became a staple in our home after we watched a cooking video by Russell James, The Raw Chef.  This isn’t the exact original, but it’s pretty close*. I love the nutty creaminess that the tahini gives the dish, along with the tartness of the lemon, the sweetness of the agave, and the kick of the cayenne.  I think it can be eaten as a meal by itself, but it also makes a great side, and certainly creates the perfect bed for something like buffalo tempeh or baked tofu.  If you are a lover of kale, you will be a lover of this dish.  Give it a try!

Why yes, those are greens and tomatoes from the garden!


Massaged Kale Salad with Tahini and Lemon

1 bunch frizzy kale**, stems removed
2 tsp lemon Juice
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup raw tahini (sesame paste)
Pinch of cayenne powder
1 tsp agave
Sesame Seeds, opt.
Grape/Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half

1.    Massage kale with the salt and lemon juice, until it begins to wilt.
2.    Use your hands to mix in the remaining ingredients.

*I leave out the hemp protein powder and sprouted buckwheat the original recipe calls for.
**Even though I didn’t in this instance, I’d recommend using a frizzier type of kale in this dish.  It really makes a big difference.


  1. Simple and delicious. Can't wait to see more from your vegetable garden.

  2. I just ate a similar salad yesterday! However, my tomatoes were from the Farmers' Market, not from my very own garden :)


  3. I've never had a massaged kale salad, and now I really, really want to! That looks delicious.

  4. Oh my gosh. You should really try it. It's so satisfying and delicious.

  5. I love your greens theme! Massaged kale salads are such a great change of pace from cooked kale, or lettuce salads. And this one looks especially delicious since you grew the ingredients yourself. Lucky girl.

  6. I know I would love this, but I am late to the massaged kale arena. Soon!

  7. After reading all the posts, I don't feel so embarrassed that I am a late bloomer with du monde of massaged kale.

  8. I love your green theme & I can't wait to see all your garden produce & the recipes you share :)

  9. Better late than never. You folks that haven't tried massaged kale salads before, I really encourage you to try this recipe. It's soo good and so simple!

    Thanks for the comments :)

  10. I've heard so much about massaged kale salad, but I've never tried it. Must get on that. This theme is awesome, by the way!

  11. Great theme. I am always excited to find more ways to get the greens!

  12. I just made this. It didn't look much to the world but oh my was it yummy! Probably having it for dinner as well.

  13. So glad you liked it! We seem to have it about once a week!