Asian Kale Salad

May 24th, 2014

Asian Kale Salad

Every morning I drop the kids at school and hop on-line to scan my Facebook and twitter accounts. I get tons of posts for amazing recipes that make my mouth water. Recently I saw a post by for a beautiful chopped kale salad with edamame, carrot and avocado. I ran to the kitchen to see what was there, what I could substitute, and what I needed to buy. Here’s what I had: red cabbage, carrots, scallions, and peanuts. I ended up buying some lacinato kale (I think the least fibrous of the kales) and rushed back home to slice and dice. I changed the vinaigrette a bit, primarily because I love sesame oil, and ended up with a salad that was both familiar and fresh. I never made it to the table to sit down and eat, but instead held the plate up to the window, snapped off a photo, and dug my fork in to devour the salad. Good to the last bite!

1 bunch kale, thin sliced
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1 carrot, julienned
2 scallions, thinly sliced
*2-3 tablespoons peanuts, chopped (for garnish)

2 tablespoons rice vinegar (apple cider vinegar works well too)
1-tablespoon fresh lime juice
1-tablespoon soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced (I like to use a microplane)
1-teaspoon honey
Pinch of red pepper flakes
¼ cup sesame oil


Add all the salad ingredients into a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients for the vinaigrette except the oil. Slowly drizzle the oil into the vinegar/lime juice mixture while whisking. Add the dressing to the salad and mix well. Garnish with chopped peanuts.


2 Responses to “Asian Kale Salad”

  1. Juliet Glinski says:

    Love this healthy and hearty salad. I didn’t have some of the ingredients, but the substitutions I used worked out great. Didn’t have honey, so I used agave syrup instead. And I used raw cashews instead of peanuts. It’s nice that you can dress this and still eat it the next day because the Kale doesn’t wilt like lettuce. Served it along side an asian shrimp and rice dish.

    • Heather says:

      Thanks for such a lovely response! I’m so glad you liked it and that the substitutions you used worked well. It’s one of my personal favorites!

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