It was quite the shock when my meat-loving, pizza fiend of a boyfriend declared that he wanted to ‘go vegan’ 5 out of 7 days of the week. I think I squealed a little at the prospect of not having to eat meat as much as we have been doing since we began cohabiting, but inside I could only feel pangs of fear as what he said really sunk in. I realised that his new found vegan-ish-ism would mean two things:
1) all those wonderful things I enjoy daily as part of my mainly-vegetarian diet (honey, eggs, cheese) would be no more
2) this vegan 5/2 thing he had going on in his head was to be conjured up and cooked by yours truly
Well, I do love a challenge.
Over the past week I have embarked on a totally new dining experience, one where I have had to seriously plan meals, seek out vegan friendly ingredients and then… make them taste not vegan at all. I mean, do you know how difficult it is to cook vegan for a man who hates tofu and refuses it in every shape or form? SIGH.
Despite my initial fears he has, thankfully, loved every creation and plate I have put in front of him. And what’s really great about this new lifestyle choice we have adopted for at least the time being, is that I have started exploring and using a ton of different flavours and ingredients.
This salad was pretty much the highlight of my week, and comes from none other than health food blogger Deliciously Ella. Marinating the kale and massaging it may sound a bit cheap porno, but trust me it makes all the difference. Say goodbye to bitter tasting leaves, and hello to the best kale salad you’ll ever know.
The Best Kale Salad You’ll Ever Know
4 large handfuls of kale, hard stems removed and discarded
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon tahini
1 teaspoon miso paste
Juice of 1 lime
1 ripe avocado, cubed
125g cooked beluga lentils, or similar type
Bunch of fresh, flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
Place the kale leaves in a bowl and add the olive oil, rice vinegar, tahini, miso and lime juice and massage with your hands for a few minutes. The leaves will start to soften as the dressing breaks down the cell wall of the kale.
Stir in the avocado, lentils and parsley and season to taste.
Serve topped with pumpkin seeds.
This salad can be eaten right away, but it also makes for a perfect take to work lunch as the kale leaves are resistant to becoming overly soggy by the time you’re ready to chow down.
Recipe adapted from Deliciously Ella’s Marinated Kale Salad recipe