Entree, salad

Orange Sesame Kale Salad

August 11, 2014

Salads can get a bad rap. They can be boring, or referred to as rabbit food. A kale salad can really turn people off because of the bitterness of the leaves but all the bitterness is in the stem and if removed you remove the bitterness. This Orange Sesame Kale salad blends the kale with a delicious dressing to soften the leaves and soak up all the wonderful flavors making it anything but boring!

Tip: Add grilled chicken or salmon on top of salad to make a meal.



15 minutes


Lunch, salad, Side


Dairy Free, Vegan


4 people, 6 people


1.1 bunch of kale
2.2 Tbsp toasted slivered almonds
3.¼ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
4.¼ cup cranberries
5.Crystalized ginger (optional)

Orange Sesame Dressing

1.¼ cup orange juice
2.¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3.2 Tbsp coconut sugar or monk fruit sweetener
4.2 Tbsp soy sauce or Tamari (gluten-free)
5.1 Tbsp sesame oil



Prepare the Kale

Wash 1 bunch of kale and pat dry.

Strip leaves off of stems.

Cut or tear into bite-sized pieces and place into large bowl.


Toast Almonds.

Add slivered almonds to dry skillet on stovetop. Spread almonds out evenly to a single layer, in pan.

Heat over medium heat. Once you smell nuts toasting, toss the nuts to turn them over and shake to flatten back into a single layer.

Continue tossing and shaking until all sides are browned about 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and place on paper towel on counter.


Prepare Dressing.

In a small bowl whisk together orange juice, apple cider vinegar, coconut sugar, and sesame oil until well blended.


Add Dressing to Kale.

Add the prepared dressing to the kale, and toss with leaves to cover well.


Add Extra Ingredients.

Add the toasted almonds, pepitas, cranberries and crystalized ginger if using, in with the kale and toss to coat.

Allow dressing to soften kale leaves and flavors to absorb, at least 15 minutes or longer before serving. This salad gets better with time…


From healthymamas.com

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