If you enjoy trying new salad recipes then the mean green salad needs to go on your must try list! Whether it be for lunch or a picnic, this salad is always great. You’ll need an hour or so to prep since it takes 30 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook. When completed it will serve 4. Even those who aren’t into green foods have said it tastes great and they would eat it again! Prepare the mean green salad recipe by using the ingredients and instructions below. Then, enjoy a wonderful tasting appetizer or small meal which also offers health benefits that you won’t get from a traditional salad.
Ingredients for Lemon Tahini Dressing
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce or tamari
juice + zest from 1 lemon (use only half of the zest)
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
salt + pepper, to taste
Ingredients for Salad
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce or tamari
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 cups Tuscan kale, roughly torn
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1/4 head purple cabbage, shredded
1/2 cup fresh parley + cilantro, roughly chopped
hemp seeds + chia seeds, for topping
2 red grapefruits, segmented
Ingredients for Vegan Parmesan
1/2 cup raw pine nuts
2 teaspoons raw sesame seeds
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
salt, to taste
Directions for Lemon Tahini Dressing
Add all ingredients from above into a bowl and whisk until combined. Taste and adjust salt + pepper to your liking. Alternately, you can also put the ingredients into a blender (or food processor) and blend them together until smooth. The dressing can be made a week in advance and stored inside your fridge until you make the salad.
Directions for Mean Green Salad
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Spread the chickpeas out on a towel and dry them completely. Then, lay the chickpeas and coconut on to a baking sheet and toss with the soy sauce, sesame oil and cayenne pepper. Toss well to evenly coat. Roast for 20 minutes and then stir the chickpeas around and roast another 10 minutes or until the chickpeas are browned and the coconut is dark brown. Remove from the oven. Save any leftovers for snacking on later!
Add the kale to a large bowl and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a big pinch of salt. Using your hands, massage the kale for 2-3 minutes until the kale is well coated and has slightly softened. To the bowl add the broccoli, cabbage, parsley and cilantro. Toss well. Add the dressing and continue to toss until all the veggies are coated. Add the grapefruit segments and avocado. Gently toss to combine. At this point, you can cover and store the salad in the fridge for up to 24 hours or continue on with the recipe.
Divide the salad into bowls. Top with the crunchy coconut chickpeas and the vegan Parmesan cheese (recipe below) and a sprinkle of chia + hemp seeds. EAT!!
Directions for Vegan Parmesan
In a food processor or blender, combine the pine nuts, sesame seeds, nutritional yeast and a pinch of salt. Processor until you have fine crumbs that resemble Parmesan cheese. Taste and season with more salt if desired. The vegan Parmesan can be made a week in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to use.
One tip to consider when making this salad; Let the salad marinate in the dressing! If you’re looking for a boost of protein then consider adding some grilled chicken, beef or fish as well.