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This chili lime kale salad is the perfect example of a satisfying salad. Loaded with flavor, plant protein, starch, veggies and all the toppings.

Chili Lime Tahini Dressing

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American


Make your salads more filling and satisfying! This massaged kale salad with chili lime dressing is a perfect example of the right balance of ingredients and flavor that will make you forget all of those boring salads in the past.



Chili Lime Tahini Dressing

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tsp chili lime seasoning
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 23 tbsp water

Garlic Chili Tempeh and Potatoes

  • 1/2 block tempeh
  • 1 small roasted potato
  • 1 tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic chili sauce
  • 2 tsp maple syrup

Massaged Kale Salad with Chili Lime Dressing

  • 5 stems kale, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 58 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 5 sprigs cilantro, minced
  • 2 tbsp chili lime dressing
  • Roasted Garlic Chili Tempeh and Potatoes


Chili Lime Tahini Dressing

  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk together until smooth. Add additional water in small amounts if you want your dressing to be slightly thinner.
  2. Set dressing aside.

Tempeh and Potatoes

  1. Set oven to 400F. Dice tempeh and potato into cubes.
  2. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and maple syrup. Toss tempeh and potatoes in sauce and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Set ingredients aside as you assemble salad.

Salad Assembly

  1. De-stem kale and break up into smaller pieces with hands into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add 2 spoonfuls of dressing to kale. Using hands, rub dressing into kale. Keep massaging the kale until the leaves start to turn a bright green, shrink in volume and soften.
  3. Add in diced minced cilantro, vegetables, tempeh and potatoes and toss together.
  4. Place combined salad in a bowl and top with extra dressing. Feel free to add more toppings or ingredients based on preference.


  • I use tahini quite a lot. If you’d like a discount for some tahini, I am in love with the tahini from Soom Foods. Use this link for 10% off your order.
  • You can swap tempeh for chickpeas or tofu in this recipe.
  • If you don’t have chili lime seasoning, you can make your own! Just combine 1/4 tsp chili powder, the zest of one lime, pinch of sugar, pinch of salt, and 1/4 tsp garlic powder.