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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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Ingredients:

    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

Instructions:

  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.
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