Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

If my last post was a Hungry Lady Soup, this is a Hungry Lady Salad.

With hearty greens, chickpeas, and sesame paste (tahini) it’s very filling and packed with nutrients.  I love this salad all through the year, but especially in the winter months when good quality kale is readily available.

The dressing alone is worth you making this recipe for. It’s creamy, a little sweet, and just tart enough.  I use it on salads like this one, in grain bowls, and drizzled over roasted sweet potatoes.  It’s a real keeper. 

Watch Me Make My Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

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How To Make My Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Step 1. Once your kale is rinsed, massage the 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the leaves. This will help tenderize the kale, making it nice and soft. Leave to sit while you make the dressing, or up to 4 hours.

Step 2. Make the dressing: Combine the dressing ingredients and whisk or blend until very smooth. 

Step 3. In a large serving bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients.

Step 4. Pour dressing over the salad and mix well. 

Step 5. Enjoy!

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What Else Can I Use?

  • I love Tuscan Kale, also known as Lucinato or Dinosaur Kale for this salad and most raw preparations.  It’s softer than curly kale, though you could certainly use that if that’s what you can find.
  • Maple syrup can be used in place of honey in the dressing, and would make this salad and dressing vegan.
  • Use diced onion or shallot instead of the green onions.
  • White beans can be used in place of the chickpeas.   
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If you like the sound of this salad, check out a few others on here as well.

  1. Erwhon’s Famous Kale + White Bean Salad
  2. Avocado Caesar Salad
  3. Herby Marinated Lentil Salad

If you make this Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing, and I hope you do, please leave me a comment here or post to Instagram and tag me.  I love to hear your feedback and share your creations!

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Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

If you're looking to eat more plant based meals, this delicious, filling kale salad is a great place to start.
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 8 people
Calories 286 kcal


  • 2 heads Lucinato/Tuscan kale, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 head of fennel, thinly sliced
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Lemon Tahini Dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Once your kale is rinsed, massage the 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the leaves. This will help tenderize the kale, making it nice and soft. Leave to sit while you make the dressing, or up to 4 hours.
  • Make the dressing:
  • If your tahini is very smooth and "drippy" this will come together easily in a mixing bowl. If it's thicker, a high speed blender makes quick work of it.
  • Combine the dressing ingredients and whisk or blend until very smooth.
  • In a large serving bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients.
  • Pour dressing over the salad and mix well.
  • Serve.


Calories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 5gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 242mgPotassium: 379mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1342IUVitamin C: 54mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chicken salad, chickpeas, chopped salad, kale, vegan
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45 thoughts on “Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)”

  • 5 stars
    Stop it. So delicious. I can’t even tell you how yum this salad is AND so proud of myself for following through and making this. I won’t have to throw away the stale bag of kale from my fridge next week (ike I usually do) because I actually made the recipe. HA Found this salad on tik tok yesterday and I gathered all of the ingredients today. I literally used TAHINI for the FIRST time in my life (it’s on the peanut butter and jelly aisle btw). The salad dressing is my favorite but the next best feature of this salad is the crunchiness and combination of flavors. Everything is chopped so you get so many flavors in one bite. Will definitely make this again.

    • Cindi, this thrills me. I’m so glad you took the time to let me know how much you enjoyed it!

  • how well will this hold up as leftovers? should I make it but not dress the entire thing so I can eat all week?

    • It will hold up well dressed, we always eat it within four days, so it’s no issue. If you want to make sure of it, you can leave the dressing separate!

  • 5 stars
    I saw this on TT and I made this for our dinner last night to eat with roasted chicken thighs. My husband and I LOVED IT! I left out the bell peppers because I sadly, can’t have nightshades – everything else was exactly per your recipe and instructions. He always encourages me to follow the recipe first and only then make my changes. hehe.

    I had already texted and forwarded the recipe to three other girlfriends before I was done eating. My husband HATES cucumbers and fennel. He couldn’t taste the fennel and would like less cukes next time but this recipe is definitely a keeper. I would add more walnuts and cubed chicken would be divine for a lunch salad. The tahini and lemon dressing??? MMM – so good.

  • 5 stars
    This salad was worth every minute of all that chopping! Delicious!! I cant get enough of it and it’s guilt free. You hit a homerun with this one!!

  • 5 stars
    This salad was absolutely delicious. I came across the recipe on instagram and wanted to try it as i never feel like I know how to put together salads at home. This was so easy and the flavors are amazing. Can’t wait to make more of Kat’s recipes!

  • 5 stars
    This is insanely good! I came across this recipe on Tik Tok so I looked it up for full directions and comments…SO glad I did! My husband hates cucumbers and complains about raw veggies most days…he even enjoyed this!! They only had one bunch of the Lucinato kale so I subbed chopped baby kale and mixed them together. I also had to sub pine nuts for walnuts because my husband is allergic…was still amazing! I’ll have to try it with walnuts sometime because I bet it gives it a little something extra. Thanks for this great recipe!

    • I’m sure these substitutions tasted amazing!
      So glad you enjoyed it Jennifer!

  • 5 stars
    I was hesitant about this one! Wasn’t sure I’d be a fan of kale. Bam! This salad is delicious. The dressing and all the chopped veggies with that crunch is memorable. Thank you Kat.

    • I always say this salad will convert kale spectics, I’m so happy it worked for you!

  • 5 stars
    Just made this! Wowza! This dressing is insanely good and love the combination of ingredients. My store was out of fennel, so used endive instead. Will be using this dressing on repeat and can’t wait to try all of the other Hungry Lady salads. Thanks Kat!

  • Excited to try this recipe today! Do you salt the whole kale leaves and then chop them up before assembly? And before chopping, do you rinse the salt off or leave it on? Thank you!!

    • Hi Lindy, I salt them after chopping and massage it in then. No need to rinse before using, the salt seasons the salad.

  • 5 stars
    I found this on TikTok! I made it today for the week for lunch. So yummy! I can’t wait to make more of your salads. I have already forwarded the recipe to 2 friends.

  • 5 stars
    I made this today and it is incredible! (Saw it on Tiktok and then found her website! I will totally be making the other recipes she has on here) It involves a lot of chopping and prep but it is soooo worth it! Now I have a bunch for the week. it is so crisp and actually really tasty! The red peppers add a nice little bit of sweetness. The salad dressing is to die for! Really recommend.

    • Brittany, I’m so thrilled you love it!
      Thank you so much for letting me know your thoughts.

  • 5 stars
    SO delicious. What a great salad. I didn’t have cucumber and am avoiding nightshades (pepper) for a diet but I added in some dried cranberries for some colour and flavour, and avocado since I had a half open. So yummy 🙂 Thank you!

  • 5 stars
    My boyfriend and I made this the other night, and I’ve been happily eating leftovers since! His dad doesn’t necessarily love veggies, and even he can’t wait to eat the leftovers. We love everything about this salad – thank you for bringing it to us!

    • The ultimate compliment from a non-veggie lover, Madeleine! Thank you for letting me know!

  • 5 stars
    Stumbled upon this recipe and it looked and sounded so yummy and IT IS! So fresh and flavorful and easy!Thank you!

  • 5 stars
    This salad is absolutely perfect. I used to make big salads all the time but have been completely unmotivated to eat vegetables recently and you inspired me. I made it just as written but added some goat cheese crumbles on top cause I found a really fun one goat cheese with dried cranberries in it—yum! Also I’ve never bought fennel before and I’m so happy I’ve finally learned how to use it! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • 5 stars
    I’m newish to healthy eating and made this today after seeing it on IG. First time to use kale, fennel, and tahini. I am BLOWN AWAY by how delicious this is!!!! Every bite is packed with flavor and balanced perfectly. I’ve already forwarded it to a friend!

    I’m so glad to have found you and can’t wait to try more recipes!

  • 5 stars
    Oh dear! I tasted for seasoning and had to walk away from the salad before I ate too much. Surprisingly good. I added slivered dates because my favorite kale salad (what WAS my favorite kale salad) has them and they play so nicely with the kale.
    Two salads in, this and the broccoli quinoa – 2 for 2!

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