Kale Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

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Tender kale with a rich and spicy peanut dressing and chopped red onion! This salad is packed with umami flavor and a fabulous side dish for almost any meal.

Ever since visiting M Café in Los Angeles over five years ago I have been obsessed. <— Why does California have all the delicious, healthy restaurants?!? I’m having withdrawals… I need to plan another visit!

Tender kale with a rich and spicy peanut dressing and chopped red onion! This salad is packed with umami flavor and a fabulous side dish for almost any meal. #vegan #glutenfree

I loved everything I tried at M Café but was particularly keen on their kale salad with spicy peanut dressing. The peanut dressing they use is seriously amazing! After returning home from LA I was determined to recreate the salad. I found out the ingredients via a cooking video (which has since been taken down).

Anyhow, just recently I remade the salad and was quickly reminded how much I love it! I updated the recipe a bit, took new photos and figured I would re-share it for all my new readers or those who may have missed it the first time around.

Tender kale with a rich and spicy peanut dressing and chopped red onion! This salad is packed with umami flavor and a fabulous side dish for almost any meal.

Peanut Sauce + Kale = Best Combo Ever!

If you love peanut sauce and are looking for a new kale salad to try, look no further. You will adore this salad!

Blanching the kale tenderizes the leaves which makes the kale easier to chew and digest. The spicy peanut dressing with fresh ginger and garlic gives the salad an umami-rich flavor.

Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing -- Tender kale with a rich and spicy peanut dressing and chopped red onion! This salad is packed with umami flavor and a fabulous side dish for almost any meal. #vegan #glutenfree

Kale Salad with a Spicy Peanut Dressing

5 from 3 votes
Tender blanched kale salad with spicy peanut dressing and chopped red onion. This salad is packed with umami flavor and a fabulous side dish for almost any meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 3-4 large bunches kale
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped

Spicy Peanut Dressing

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ¾ – 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup tamari
  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2-3 ounces hot water, plus more if needed

Instructions
 

  • Wash kale well. Remove large, tough stems and cut or break large leaves into pieces.
  • Blanch in boiling water for about 2-3 minutes. Transfer the kale with a slotted spoon to a bowl full of ice water to cool it immediately.
  • Drain well and squeeze out all the liquid with your hands.
  • Place the dressing ingredients (except the hot water) into a high-powered blender and blend until the mixture becomes smooth. Add water to thin sauce.
  • Drizzle about half the dressing on top of the kale and mix the two together. Add more dressing until kale looks coated. You'll probably have dressing leftover (read notes for ideas of what to do with it).
  • Garnish kale salad with chopped red onions and serve.

Notes

  • Store the leftover dressing in the fridge and reuse it later. I’ve added water and re-blended it to use on regular salads or as a veggie sauce. It works nicely on other vegetables besides kale and it will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
  • Inspired by M Café.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup Calories: 203kcal Carbohydrates: 18g Protein: 10g Fat: 10g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 7g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kale salad with peanut dressing

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    17 comments
    1. Robyn Fairchild
      June 30, 2021 AT 8:45 pm

      5 stars
      I love M Cafe!! I live in West Hollywood, but wanted to try making this salad at home. Yours is the first recipe I found!! Hooray!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 1, 2021 AT 12:19 pm

        So glad this kale salad was a hit, Robyn! Thanks so much for the review 🙂

    2. Lori Swepson
      June 21, 2017 AT 4:34 pm

      I’m just wondering about the caloric content, is it correct?

    3. Jena @fuelingafitfam
      November 17, 2015 AT 11:18 pm

      I love peanut sauce on anything! This salad looks so easy, delicious, and flavorful! It reminds me of the new Kale salad at Chikfila! (Yes, guilty! What can I say the kids love it!) But now I am excited to have my own version to make!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2015 AT 11:29 pm

        What? Chickfila has a kale salad now?!

    4. Sherrie
      August 24, 2015 AT 6:47 pm

      I love a kale salad with ample dressing, this little diddy looks PERFECT, xx!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 25, 2015 AT 10:48 am

        Thanks lady!

    5. sprint2thetable
      August 20, 2015 AT 12:50 pm

      This looks so delicious! I am with you on the California food. It’s all so delicious I can’t try everything fast enough!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 24, 2015 AT 1:54 pm

        I know!! I would be in seventh heaven if I lived there.

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