Spiralized Carrot and Cucumber Kale Salad with Peanut Sauce

This spiralized carrot and cucumber kale salad is not only fresh and flavorful, but the tangy peanut sauce is finger-licking good! Vegan and gluten-free.

I’m sure you’ve figured this out but I’m a sucker for nut butters. Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter… like them all. Although, peanut butter was definitely the first nut butter I fell in love with. I’ve been enamored by it since elementary school — evidenced by the fact that I packed a peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and banana sandwich for lunch every.single.day. I remember it well. Just like I remember my New Kids on the Block lunch box. 🙂

Nowadays I gravitate toward using almond butter more often than peanut butter, but we always have a jar of it on hand because it’s Isaac’s favorite. I’m glad because it comes in handy when I’m making a recipe that needs a little peanut butter action. For instance, this kale salad.

Overhead shot of Carrot Cucumber Kale Salad with Peanut Sauce in large white serving bowl on grey table cloth.

It’s got a lovely little peanut sauce that’s absolutely delicious. If you haven’t tried kale with a peanut dressing, you really must! Like peanut butter, peanut sauce is good on just about anything but I think it’s particularly good on leafy greens like kale.

Spiralized Carrots and Cucumber Kale Salad with Peanut Sauce served in large white bowl on light grey table cloth.

Aren’t the little spirals of carrot and cucumber pretty?

I used my spiralizer to make them. You can certainly julienne the carrot and cucumber if you don’t have a spiralizer. But I have to say, I LOVE my spiralizer and would definitely recommend getting one if you eat veggies a lot (or are looking to eat more veggies). Spiralizers are so cool because you can make “noodles” out of almost any vegetable or fruit. I make veggie pasta all the time.

Spiralized Carrots and Cucumber Kale Salad with Peanut Sauce served in large white bowl on light grey table cloth.

Back to the recipe. It comes together quickly, doesn’t require a ton of ingredients and tastes ah-mah-zing. If you like kale and peanut sauce, you’ll love it. It works great as a side salad or you can add some shelled edamame for a little protein and have it as a meal.

If you make this spiralized carrot and cucumber kale salad, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Spiralized Carrot and Cucumber Kale Salad with Peanut Sauce


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3

Description

This spiralized carrot and cucumber kale salad is not only fresh and flavorful, but the tangy peanut sauce is finger-licking good! Vegan and gluten-free.


Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale (about 10 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup carrot spirals
  • 1/2 cup cucumber spirals
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sesame salt (gomasio)
  • (for topping)
  • 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 inch knob of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash kale and dry well. Remove large, tough stems and cut or break large leaves into bite size pieces.
  2. In a large bowl combine the kale, carrot and cucumber spirals and red onion. Set aside.
  3. Place the peanut sauce ingredients (peanut butter, garlic, ginger, vinegar, aminos, brown rice syrup, water and cayenne pepper) into a blender and blend until the mixture becomes smooth.
  4. Drizzle the sauce on top of the kale mixture and stir until everything is well coated with the sauce. Garnish with chopped red onions and gomasio. Serve and enjoy!
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/3 of recipe
  • Calories: 208
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 9g

Keywords: kale salad

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    9 comments
    1. Katherine west
      February 13, 2021 AT 11:59 am

      Your spiraluzer link to crate and barrell doesnt work anymore. What spiralizer do you use?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 13, 2021 AT 10:09 pm

        Shoot! It looks like it’s out of stock. I have the Inspirazlier, but this one is pretty similar to the one I have.

    2. Bill Ethan
      May 30, 2014 AT 8:54 pm

      I enjoy eating veggies, but i’ve never tried spiralized carrots and cucumber kale salad with peanut sauce, no i have a new way to enjoy my veggies. Thanks.

    3. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
      May 29, 2014 AT 4:37 pm

      I love anything with nut butter! Almond butter is my preference too. 🙂

    4. bemomstrong
      May 29, 2014 AT 6:27 am

      Would love a spiralizer for my push present in August haha!

      Emma

    5. Kristi Rimkus
      May 28, 2014 AT 10:29 pm

      I bet this will get the family to eat their kale – who doesn’t love peanut sauce!

    6. adashofmeg
      May 28, 2014 AT 6:13 pm

      mmmmmm baaaaabe i cannot wait to make this! i always do the same old things with my kale! i can’t wait to try this

    7. Fawn @ Cowen Park Kitchen
      May 28, 2014 AT 4:29 pm

      I love nut butters as well. I’ve been a fan of Tahini since I was a kid as well and thoroughly enjoy it with some honey on toast. Plus it makes great dressings!

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