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Lemon Tahini Kale Salad

Lemon Tahini Kale Salad

I'm finally back in Portland and feeling like myself again. It's been a roller coaster of a year, full of challenges, but everything seems to be falling into place. I needed to take a hiatus from social media to take time to focus on myself, my career and my desires for the future. 

I spent a good portion of this year riddled with self doubt, unable to be mindful. I can honestly say that I've reached the end of that chapter and that I'm ready to begin new endeavors, one of which begins VERY soon (stay tuned).

Well, that was a lot deeper than I intended it to be! Let's get to why you're all really here! 

In the spirit of cultivating new, healthy habits...SALAD! 



  • 1 Cup Shredded Red Cabbage
  • 1 Cup Broccoli Florets
  • 1/2 Sliced Roasted Red Beets
  • 1 Cup Cubed Roasted Butternut Squash
  • 1 Bunch Kale
  • 2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • 1/2  Cup Tahini
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Aminos



Combine all ingredients, store in an airtight container and chill for at least an hour.


Preheat your oven--400 degrees

Roast your butternut squash- lightly coat your cubed butternut squash with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes. Chill for an hour.

Plate all of your ingredients and serve.

Day 1: Vancouver, BC.

Day 1: Vancouver, BC.

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