Thai Peanut Kale Salad

The infamous kale salad is nothing new, in fact, it’s a staple in my diet. If you’ve never made kale salad, I highly recommend it. And if you have, you know how easy and delicious it can be! It’s super simple to throw together in a pinch and it keeps well in the fridge, unlike other greens that get soggy simply at the sight of dressing.

Kale is a member of the cabbage family. It can be various shades of green and purple. Although bitter when consumed in it’s natural state, kale is very versatile and can be dehydrated into chips, sauteed in stir-fries, boiled in soups, and so on. This green leafy veg is packed with calcium, something vegans need to be mindful of, in addition to vitamins A, C, and K. While I eat kale salad often, I do enjoy variety. This is why I rotate a few basic salad recipes throughout the weeks. The base of each recipe is simple: massage the kale with a fat source. This act helps break down the cellulose which makes the dish more tender and appetizing. I generally let the massaged greens sit in the fridge for a few hours before indulging as it allows time for the kale to absorb the flavors of it’s massage #selfcaresunday.

So we have the massage part down, but what’s up with the fat? The use of fats like avocado, tahini, olive oil, and nut butter assist in tenderizing the kale during it’s massage. The added fat also helps our bodies absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, E, D, & K). While kale mixed with avocado, lemon, salt, and pepper is my most frequent go-to, this time I decided to experiment with a different fat source: peanut butter. This Thai peanut kale salad is both sweet and savory with a hint of spice. It can be easily tailored with the addition of herbs or various toppings like crushed peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, or scallions. Check the recipe below and get massaging.

Thai Peanut Kale Salad
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  • Kale of choice, 1 bunch, chopped
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha (or less if less spice desired)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil (optional)
  • Juice 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, besides kale, mix until smooth
  2. Add kale and "massage" with hands until kale is evenly covered
  3. Store in fridge for 2+ hours (taste and texture improve with a bit of time)
  4. Top with garnish of choice and enjoy!

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