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This Massaged Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing is packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals, healthy fats and plenty of crunch from hemp and pumpkin seeds. | My Fresh Perspective | #vegan #paleo #thanksgiving #sugardetox #antiinflammatory

Massaged Kale and Brussels Sprout Slaw with Maple Tahini Dressing

  • Author: Angela Simpson
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Simple, nutritious and incredibly tasty, this Massaged Kale and Brussels Sprout Slaw with Maple Tahini Dressing is ideal as a holiday side dish, or any time your body needs a boost of greens! Vegan, paleo, gluten free and anti-inflammatory.


  • 1 large bunch lacinato kale, shredded into small pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 5 cups trimmed and shredded Brussels sprouts
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds


  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Wash and prep the kale and Brussels sprouts as indicated above. Stir the olive oil and apple cider vinegar together, then drizzle it over the shredded kale and sprouts in a very large bowl. Massage the veggies – yes, really get your (clean) hands in there!*
  2. Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a glass jar and shake very well to combine.
  3. Pour as much of the dressing as you like over the kale and sprouts. Toss well to coat as much as possible.
  4. Scatter the pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds over the veggies and toss again. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with additional seeds, if desired.
  5. Serve any leftover dressing on the side.**


* Massaging tougher greens like kale helps to break down fiber, which helps make digestion easier. The acidity o the apple cider vinegar helps with this breakdown, and the healthy fats in the olive oil help to make the fat-soluble vitamins in the salad more absorbable by our bodies.

** The dressing will thicken when left in the fridge, but adding a little water and giving it a good shake will thin it out again.

  • Category: salad
  • Method: no-cook

Keywords: Thanksgiving, Christmas, holiday recipes, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, anti-inflammatory, low sugar