Fairest Salad in the Land

One of the secret ingredients in this recipe is the nutritional yeast. It has a cheesy flavor and is really tasty. A spoonful of nutritional yeast is like taking a high-potency B-vitamin complex. A serving will generally stock you up with a couple of days worth of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, and a substantial amount of folic acid. You can find it at most health food stores.
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 6



  • 1 medium bunch kalestems removed and remaining leaves finely chopped
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 small applechopped into tiny pieces

Lemon kefir dressing

Pecan and sesame seed topping

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  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Place pecans and sesame seeds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8 minutes until they are lightly toasted.
  • While the nuts are toasting, toss the kale and spinach into a large salad bowl and then make the dressing.

Lemon kefir dressing

  • Chop the garlic finely and place in a food processor or blender.
  • Now add the kefir cheese, regular kefir, kombucha, lemon juice and zest, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt. Process until combined.
  • Drizzle this over the kale and spinach and toss to combine evenly.

Pecan and Sesame Seed Topping

  • Place the toasted pecans and sesame seeds into a food processor along with the nutritional yeast, 1 tablespoon oil, and a pinch of salt. Pulse until the mixture is the size of small peas. Do not overprocess because you want to sprinkle it on the salad and have it not clump together.
  • Combine the chopped apples with the kale and spinach. Sprinkle in the pecan and sesame seed topping and toss again to combine.
  • Serve immediately.