Kale Salad with Spicy 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.

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!

Kale salad with spicy peanut dressing.

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.

A bowl of kale salad with spicy peanut dressing with a wooden spoon laying next to it.

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.

An overhead photo of a bowl of kale salad with spicy peanut dressing with a wooden spoon laying next to it.

Kale Salad with a Spicy Peanut Dressing

5 from 4 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.
Kale salad with spicy peanut dressing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 4


  • 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 Tablespoons 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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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    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. JK
        December 4, 2022 AT 9:40 am

        5 stars
        Made this for a dinner party. Guests loved the dressing! I added a drizzle of sesame oil

        1. Brittany Mullins
          December 5, 2022 AT 3:32 pm

          Yum! I am so pumped to hear that this dressing was a hit. Thank you for sharing your review & star rating, I appreciate it.

      2. 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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