Southwest Kale Salad with Cumin Ginger Sage Dressing

Southwest Kale Salad with Cumin Ginger Sage Dressing

The man cake and I do this thing. It’s a waiting game and it involves avoidance behavior with a hint of laziness and a competitive edge. This is how it works: we each procrastinate completing tasks that need to be done to see if we can hold out just long enough so that the other person does it. This is really romantic.

Making coffee Saturday morning is one I typically win because I have nooooo qualms about pretending to be asleep until the coffee is brewed and in my mug. Taking out of the trash. We’re about even keel here. I say it’s a man’s job. He says I’m the one that fills it up. We meet in the middle by letting that sucker pile up until we rival Shell Silverstein’s imagination. I’m sorry, but if Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout would not take the garbage out, I sure as hell ain’t neither.  The one I lose at every time is finding the house key in the dark to unlock the door. I get cold and then all overwhelmed so it takes but a split second before I cave and sift through my gazillion keys to force each one by feel into the lock.

I find the best way of winning this highly skilled waiting game is by acting as though I don’t notice or care about the task at hand. This transfers the emotion and anxiety associated with the task (because taking out the trash is so daunting) to the other person, and it’s always best to get under your opponent’s skin.

The number one activity both G and I avoid at all costs is peeling and chopping garlic. To the extent that we hardly even use it any more. True: we both waited so patiently that we forgot garlic even exists. But haste, the wheels have turned, the waters of change have….changed and (insert cliché here). Savora sent me a snazzy McSnazzy garlic press to use to my garlic-pressing delight. Sweet Janet, Chrissy and Jack, I’ve been a garlic pressing fool! And, and aaaaaaand….they sent me an ice cream scoop too!

Savora Garlic Press & Ice cream scoop

They came all neat and tidy in boxes that open and close with Velcro. SAAAAWEET! Sleek. Colorful. Useful. Ergonomic.

The first thing I did when I de-velcroed my garlic press box (after all the ooh-ing and ahh-ing) was…wait for it, wait for it…I made salad dressing! Garlic Ginger Sage Cumin salad dressing…..whoooo knows what to call that?

I thought it’d be real neat to sauté the garlic, ginger and sage in order to soften the zing and get some flavor going. So I pressed my garlic, I sautéed, and believe you me, the dressing came out great! I had a sighing (that’s Australian for ripening) head of kale and a hankering for veggies so I made a southwest kale salad and doused it in the dressing. And that, my friends, is how you lose the dinner waiting game.

Southwest Kale Salad with Cumin Ginger Sage Dressing

Thank you, Savora for the sexy press and scoop. And for bringing garlic back into my kitchen. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to put on my I-don’t-care-about-dessert face so that love hunk goes and makes dessert.


Cumin Ginger Sage Salad Dressing


  1. Julia!! Loving this. The dressing, the salad, flavors!! Yum!

    • Thanks Tieghan! It was nice branching out to different dressing flavors…normally I just mix oil and balsamic together and call it good ;)

  2. I’m so weird, but I actually LOVE smashing and chopping up garlic. It’s… fun! But I never ever ever have to take the garbage out (it IS a man’s job), so there’s that ;-)

    This dressing sounds killer! I just tried kale (for the FIRST time) in a salad yesterday. LOVE.

  3. Haha, my husband and I play the same game! This salad looks amazing. That dressing has my name written all over it! yum.

  4. I love a colorful salad! This sounds super yummy Julia… and that dressing… oh dear heavens!

  5. Hahahah! OMG. My hubs and I do the same thing! Also, can I hire you to come to my house and make salads all week? Yours always look delish!

  6. OMG…you gave up on garlic?? Crazy talk. Though I understand where you’re coming from. With my garlic obsession, I do end up chopping crazy amounts. The garlic press definitely comes in handy in those situations.

    Love the blend of cumin, sage, garlic and ginger here….must have a really cool outcome. Where’d you get the idea to bring them all together?

  7. Haha Nate and I play the same game – except that I’m pretty sure he actually doesn’t care about the overflowing recycling or dishes accumulating in the sink. I always lose!! This salad looks awesome – I am a hugehuge fan of Southwest flavors!

    • Ohhhhh he’s a mastermind! He does, he does care about the dishes in the sink and that’s why he gives you the I don’t care face…uh oh…Nate’s turn for dishes! ;)

  8. This salad looks so healthy and delicious, the dressing is fab, and I’m totally coveting that beautiful garlic press!

  9. Lord almighty, love, you crack me up on a daily basis.


  10. Oh, yum – this ginger dressing sounds amazing! Gorgeous photos too! :)

  11. I love this colorful salad loaded with all the good stuff! Your ginger dressing sounds incredible, too! Thanks for sharing, Julia.

  12. That dressing is to die for! I feel I could have it by itself from the cute little jug in your picture. And garlic, I can’t do without it, so dont mind all the peeling and chopping. Enjoyed reading about your little waiting game!

  13. Simply yum. I definitely gonna try this and put a version of mine in my blog. And surely will link to your post mentioning my inspiration! Keep up the good work!

  14. Melissa Romano says:

    Just made this dressing (swapped cilantro for the sage and added a roasted jalepeno). Blended it all in the Vitamix to a smooth emulsion, then used part of it to marinate some pork chops! Chops are on the grill, salad is waiting to go. Looks and tastes fantastic!

    • Ah jeez, marinating meat with the dressing sounds like a FANTASTIC idea! Hope it turned out well for ya!!


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