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Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Recipes, Seasonal & Events | 0 comments

Kale and Herb Salad with Peanut Vinaigrette

Prior to my newly adopted vegan diet, I only juiced kale. It took many visits to the natural food market before I saw the light and started incorporating kale into almost every dish. Steamed or raw, there’s always a place for kale on my dinner plate. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, and high in iron and fiber.

This kale salad recipe was inspired by a salad I had at a local restaurant, Marlin Darlin Keywest Grill, now one of my favorite places. After the first bite, I knew I would be craving this salad for days. So off I went to recreate this masterpiece at home.

I eat a hefty portion of this kale salad with peanut vinaigrette dressing as a meal all on its own. I find the combination of the peanuts and kale are very filling. However, it makes a great side dish too.

Kale and Herb Salad with Peanut Vinaigrette

Kale and Herb Salad with Peanut Vinaigrette

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    For the Kale Salad
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale (also known as black, dinosaur or Tuscan kale)
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup peanuts (preferably raw and unsalted)
  • For the Peanut Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup roasted peanut oil
  • Juice from 2 freshly squeezed lemons
  • 2 tablespoons tamari sauce (or gluten-free soy sauce or regular soy sauce)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons agave nectar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (raw if available)
  • 4 dashes cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Finely chop the kale and remove the thicker part of the stem towards the bottom of the leaf.
  2. Hand toss the chopped kale, scallions and cilantro in a large bowl or serving dish.
  3. In another mixing bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients — roasted peanut oil, tamari sauce, agave nectar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and red cayenne pepper — and vigorously whisk.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Slowly add peanut vinaigrette to salad and toss. I suggest adding ¼ cup of dressing to the salad and tossing. Add more as needed. There will be extra salad dressing.
  6. Serve and top salad with chopped peanuts.
Aiyana Baida is a Digital SEO Support Coordinator at Valpak. She enjoys writing about health, fitness and beauty.

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