Citrus Kale Salad with Easy Tahini Dressing (Vegan & Gluten-Free)| picklesnhoney.com

Citrus Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Citrus Kale Salad with Easy Tahini Dressing (Vegan & Gluten-Free)| picklesnhoney.com

I had fully intended on sharing this bright, hearty winter kale salad with you yesterday, and then winter got the best of us. Tuesday evening not long before bed, Aaron and I heard dripping coming from a corner of our living room, and upon closer inspection, we realized the ceiling over a window and below an awning was leaking. UGH.

Three hours later, we had scraped away whatever ice and snow we could from outside, only to realize the leak was no better for it and our roof and gutters were one giant ice dam, with six or more inches of thick ice and the most massive icicles I have ever seen. So yesterday, instead of blogging as I had hoped to do, we literally spent the entire day removing slabs of ice from the side of our building and awnings, while our contractor and his crew did the same and sealed the space between an awning and our window frames that was letting water into our living room. How the previous owners lived here for ten years without properly sealing the windows…I have no idea. It’s likely this was a problem in the past and the epic-ness of winter this year took it over the top. As I’m typing this now, it’s snowing AGAIN, with another foot expected in the next few days. Oh, and there goes the power (nooooo!).

Citrus Kale Salad with Easy Tahini Dressing (Vegan & Gluten-Free)| picklesnhoney.com

…fast forward a few hours and the power is back!

This is one of those moments that make me feel like a grown-up for sure. Aaron and I had even talked the day before about needing to set a small monthly “home budget” and reign in our spending, only to need to blow that budget within hours, with larger expenses like re-insulating the attic on the horizon. The saving grace is that property values are still growing fast where we live, as is evidenced by the recent six offers on the garden-level unit below us, after just one open house during the slowest time of the year. It seems like despite some of the headaches, this condo is still a solid investment.

That said, we have an adventure planned for late Spring this year (I will share more details once we get out from under these unexpected home renovations!). Our hope is to rent out our place for at least a handful of months, if not longer. Ideally, we also don’t want to be in Boston for winter next year, which makes it all the more important that we get our place in tip top shape now so we can head off as many potential hiccups as possible down the road.

Citrus Kale Salad with Easy Tahini Dressing (Vegan & Gluten-Free)| picklesnhoney.com

It being cold and snowy and all, I’ve been much less inclined to reach for salads these days, though I know now is definitely the time to load up on greens, fresh produce, and extra vitamin c-rich foods. In order to make salad more appealing, I’ve been opting to add in some roasted vegetables for warmth and extra heartiness. In this recipe I chose carrots, roasted alongside orange wedges, which then got squeezed into a simple and creamy tahini dressing. Baby kale is my current favorite green so that’s what I used here, but you could use lacinato or curly kale as well (just give it a quick massage in the dressing to tenderize it a bit).

Citrus Kale Salad with Easy Tahini Dressing (Vegan & Gluten-Free)| picklesnhoney.com

Tossed with chickpeas for protein, juicy pink grapefruit, crunchy salted sunflower seeds, and tart, chewy dried cherries, this salad checks all of the boxes in the texture department. Even if it’s extra snowy and way too cold where you live, you’ll want to enjoy this meal, regardless of the weather.Citrus Kale Salad with Easy Tahini Dressing (Vegan & Gluten-Free)| picklesnhoney.com

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Citrus Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Citrus Kale Salad with Easy Tahini Dressing (Vegan & Gluten-Free)| picklesnhoney.com

Citrus Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 4 as a main dish


Cook Time: 40 mins

A hearty (and healthy!) baby kale salad with roasted carrots, vitamin c rich citrus fruits, crunchy sunflower seeds, tart dried cherries, and chickpeas for protein—all coated in a homemade creamy tahini orange dressing.

Citrus Kale Salad with Easy Tahini Dressing (Vegan & Gluten-Free)| picklesnhoney.com

Citrus Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

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Ingredients

For the roasted carrots:

  • 1 pound carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium orange, unpeeled & cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • few pinches fine sea salt & black pepper

For the salad:

  • 5 ounces baby kale
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 large pink grapefruit, peeled & cut into supremes
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 cup roasted & lightly salted sunflower seeds

For the dressing:

  • juice of roasted orange wedges
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 3/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 4 as a main dish

Cook Time: 40 mins

A hearty (and healthy!) baby kale salad with roasted carrots, vitamin c rich citrus fruits, crunchy sunflower seeds, tart dried cherries, and chickpeas for protein—all coated in a homemade creamy tahini orange dressing.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the carrots, orange wedges, olive oil, sea salt, and pepper to the lined baking sheet. Toss to coat. Roast for 40 minutes, or until the carrots are fork tender.
  • To make the dressing, pick out the roasted (and cooled--don't burn yourself!) orange wedges and squeeze the juice into a bowl, discarding any seeds. Add the tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  • To make the salad, combine the kale, chickpeas, grapefruit, red onion, dried cherries, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Add in the roasted carrots and pour the dressing over top. Toss to coat, then serve and enjoy!

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Caitlin says

    that sounds absolutely horrendous. it’s so awesome though that you are planning something super fun soon and getting out of boston winter next year! wow..i can’t wait to hear more!

    1. Amanda says

      I’ve decided that the best way to get through a New England winter is to have something awesome to look forward to. Fingers crossed though, next year we’ll be somewhere a little less snowy!

  2. Ahhh your week sounds not fun at all!! I don’t blame you for not wanting to be in Boston next winter and I can’t wait to hear about your adventure!

    1. Amanda says

      Yeah, it’s been an exhausting week for sure. I’ll share more about the trip once we iron out a few more things!

  3. Shana says

    If it makes you feel better, we just found out we have to replace our whole roof due to leaking as well. We don’t want to stay here long so it’s an expense we didn’t want to have but we just keep telling ourselves it will help the re-sale! PS love the pictures on the “about” page. It’s always fun to see who’s behind the awesomeness!

    1. Amanda says

      Oh no, that’s awful! I’m sure a new roof will help with the re-sale though. That’s a huge selling feature. P.S. Thanks for the kind words about our new photos!

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