Addicted to Crack Salad

I gave my Brother in Law a jar of this Miso Ginger Dressing and he said it was like Crack. This dressing is way better than Crack because it won’t leave you dying on the floor in a quivering mass of sadness, regret and heart failure. It also makes all of your vegetables taste amazing, Crack doesn’t do that. I digress.

In a bowl, grate a small nub of fresh ginger root, smash open one fresh garlic clove (you just leave it in the dressing, smashed open and whole, to flavor the dressing but not overpower it), 2 tblsp rice wine vinegar, 1 tblsp miso paste, 2 tblsp tahini paste, 3 tblsp honey or (1 tblsp sugar or brown sugar,) fresh ground black pepper (no additional salt is needed because the miso paste is very salty), a tiny amount of red pepper flakes (you can add more to taste on individual salad plates, this way it’s versatile for different palates) and 1 tblsp salad oil. Mix well and dissolve all lumps, except the lump of garlic. Serve on freshly chopped raw vegetables, I used red cabbage, garden kale, arugula, carrots, cucumbers and green onions.  You could serve this with roasted sweet potatoes and cooked quinoa to make it into a full dinner instead of just a salad.

The dressing will store in the fridge for a couple weeks. Take the garlic clove out after a day so it doesn’t overpower the whole thing.

The kale in this salad is from our garden. We have 4 kinds of kale growing in our garden right now; Russian Red, Curly Purple, Curly Green, and Tuscan Lacinato Kale. I love Kale salad! Good thing it’s really good for me because I can’t stop eating it. The great thing about growing Kale is that it’s remarkably heat tolerant and sturdy, unlike softer lettuces and greens, which wither in the heat, get bitter and start to bolt. This stuff keeps right on growing from spring into summer, and is harvestable even during the hottest part of the day. Yum!