22 Days Vegan: Make Beyoncé’s Kale Salad

12/11/2013 at 04:53 PM ET

Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles Vegan Kale Salad
Courtesy Café Gratitude

Jay Z and Beyoncé are certainly enjoying their salad these days.

After the couple recently announced their 22-day vegan cleanse, Beyoncé’s Instagram has been a virtual cookbook of delicious plant-based dishes—we’ve spotted yummy-looking soups, pasta, and even dairy-less mac-and-cheese that make giving up steak seem easy as (vegan) pie.

Last week as part of their three-week veggiepalooza, Bey and Jay lunched at organic, vegan L.A. restaurant Café Gratitude, where Beyoncé started with the “I Am Pure” kale and seaweed salad.

Ready for a little holiday cleanse? Below, executive chef Dreux Ellis shares the recipe that sounds too good to be so healthy.

Kale and Seaweed Salad
Serves 4-6

For the dressing:
½ cup sesame tahini
¾ cup sunflower seeds, soaked 4-8 hours and rinsed
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup water
1 cup olive oil
2 tsp salt
3-5 garlic cloves (to taste)
½ bunch parsley
1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil

For the salad:
6 cups shredded kale
1 cup diced cucumber
1 cup shredded carrots
½ cup soaked and rinsed sea vegetable (sea palm, wakame or hijiki or a combination of all 3)
4 nori sheets (cut up or torn into 1 inch squares)
½ cup chopped mixed herbs: cilantro, basil, scallions
½ cup garlic tahini dressing
½ cup toasted almonds

1. To make the garlic tahini dressing: Combine all ingredients except the parsley and sesame oil in a blender and blend until smooth. When the dressing is smooth, add the parsley and re-blend. (Note: Do not over-blend. Make sure that flecks of parsley are still visible in the dressing.)

2. To make the toasted almonds: Toss 1 cup of almonds in 1 tbsp of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, and toast in a 350-degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes. Keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn.

3. To assemble the salad: Toss together the shredded kale, diced cucumber, shredded carrots, the chopped, mixed herbs and the soaked and drained sea vegetables. Dress the salad with ½ to 1 cup of garlic tahini dressing. Garnish the salad with 1-inch squares of nori sheets, the toasted almonds and a light drizzle of the toasted sesame oil. Sunflower sprouts make a great addition, both in the salad or as a garnish.

—Brooke Showell

FILED UNDER: Beyoncé , Food , Jay Z , Recipes , Vegetarian

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Tushar on

I love how you use Kale in this – we use it with Citrus fruits, Gorgonzola and Walnuts:

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