Roasted Kale and Potato Salad with Tahini Dressing

One of my favorite winter (or anytime) salads-as-a-meal is this dish of wilted kale and roasted potato, moistened with tahini-lemon dressing.  In fact, you may remember reading about it a while ago here.  It’s worth another look, so I revived it from the archives and rephotographed it–alternately cringing at my old photography skills and daring to pat myself on the back a bit on how I’ve improved.  (You’ll note that my previous post wasn’t even in focus so I hope I’m not coming across as too vain–this is a low bar we’re talking about.  And believe me when I say that I am fully aware–even more aware than before–that I still have lots to learn).  This post was originally re-published here on Honest Cooking before being re-re-published here.  It’s still as good as ever!

Roasted Kale and Potato with Tahini (4 of 4)

You know a recipe is worth sharing when you don’t use it–you’ve made it so many times that you can chop and assemble your meal just as easily as if you were brewing a cup of tea or peeling a juicy orange.  Knowing a recipe by heart like this makes you feel adept and competent in the kitchen, calm and at peace.  A welcome contrast to referring back to a book over and over again that refuses to stay open, or rattling frantically in your pantry for ingredients.

There’s something about the way a tahini-lemon dressing complements dark, leafy greens–it brings out their earthiness and gives them character the way simple vinegar and oil just can’t do.  Roasted potatoes ensure the salad has that heartiness essential for winter eating (though I make this often enough in summer).  The whole process is hands off, as easy to make as it is to eat.

I originally saw this recipe in Gourmet, back when it was still in print. I’ve modified the method over the years and made my own tweaks, but the essential flavors remain similar. Hopefully you too soon won’t need my recipe.

Roasted Kale and Potato with Tahini (2 of 4)

Kale and Potato Salad with Tahini Dressing, adapted from epicurious
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 1/2 c parmesan, shredded (optional); divided
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 pounds kale, stems and center ribs discarded and leaves very thinly sliced crosswise.
Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in upper third.

Toss potatoes with oil and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a large 4-sided sheet pan, then spread evenly. Roast, stirring a few times, 25-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, puree water, lemon juice, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender until smooth, or puree using an immersion blender. (Add a bit of water if sauce is too thick.)

When the potatoes are nearly done, stir in half the parmesan cheese. Roast for 5 more minutes, then spread the chopped kale over, turn off the oven, and close the door and let the salad rest for 5 minutes. The kale will wilt in the residual heat of the oven.

When wilted, stir the kale in, along with the tahini dressing and remaining parmesan, if using. Salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

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23 thoughts on “Roasted Kale and Potato Salad with Tahini Dressing

  1. I’m glad you republished your recipe as I didn’t see it the first time. It sounds great and yes the photos are wonderful now. Love your dish, by the way.

  2. I’ve never tried any of these stuffed cabbage (or otherwise) recipes as I am always certain it will all fall apart for me. Sounds even better with kale though.

  3. This is going up on my Pintarest board of Things to Try. Sounds great. Slight pang at the GOURMET reference. For years Jody’s trunk of old issues accompanied us whenever we moved–we finally let it go when we came to Brookline. End of an era. Ken

  4. Love your new blog look! And this kale potato salad is making my stomach rumble…this is a fantastic combination of flavors. What a terrific one to have in your repertoire – I intend to add it to mine. 🙂

  5. I just found your blog looking for ‘clever kale recipes;’ I eat kale every day but needed some inspiration for upcoming cooking classes. Thanks three clever sisters for inspiration. I look forward to reading more. aloha from Oahu!

  6. I need to remember this one – especially the tahini dressing. It might be a good substitute for the Goddess Dressing, which is getting pricey considering how much I use!

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  9. I’ve read this several times and don’t see where the tahini is added. I assume with the water , lemon juice and garlic.

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