Kale with Tahini

Lately kale has been my new obsession. Prior to this new found love I would only buy kale every once in a while. Now however, not a week goes buy that I don’t pick up one if not two bunches of it while I’m at the grocery store. It tastes good and it’s super good for you. Usually I just eat it sauteed with a little olive oil and salt and pepper, but the other day I decided to add a little twist to it with some tahini. It gave a nutty creaminess to the kale that made me love it even more, if that is possible.

For those of you that are not familiar with tahini, it is a paste made out of sesame seeds. It is a ingredient that is quite popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. If you’ve had hummus you’ve had tahini. Some people say that it is similar to peanut butter and that you can substitute peanut butter for tahini in a pinch. While I don’t think it is quite the same, tahini might not be available where you are. If you absolutely cannot get your hands on tahini, unsalted creamy peanut butter would be your best bet. It will still give a nutty, creamy flavor to the kale.

Kale with Tahini Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch kale, diced into 1 - 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • salt and pepper



Heat sesame oil and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add kale and garlic and stir well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid burning the garlic.


Uncover kale and stir in tahini. Toss kale to coat in the tahini. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.



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    December 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I love tahini and and I love kale, so this recipe was just perfect. Thank you for the recipe.

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    April 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I’m suspicious of kale… I love my greens, I do. But for some reason kale *never* tastes good to me. Even those fancy kale chips that everyone raves about. I’m going to give this one a try & see if it changes my mind!

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    March 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    sounds yummy, loving Kale

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    March 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Wow, what an unusual idea! Since the move, we have yet to restock the tahini in the fridge. Soon …

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    March 28, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Love the sound of this! I adore tahini so I’m pretty sure I’ll like it.

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