February 12, 2016

Marinated Kale Salad

Are you ready to crave kale? I know how that sounds and you probably have your doubts, but take one bite of this magical marinated salad and I think you'll believe ✨ We've been making it about twice a week and WHOA, I'm so happy to finally have a kale recipe we absolutely love (and gobble down in mass quantities!) Especially since kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth with many proven medicinal properties including anti-inflammatory compounds, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting phytonutrients. Hooray for the wonderful power of plants!

The recipe is gently adapted from VegNews, a vegan magazine. Check 'em out if you haven't yet - they've usually got some great veggie inspiration and fun news. I'm thankful for their simple idea behind this salad because it's been a life-changer. Most often we make it with beautiful lacinato/dinosaur kale or throw in some different veggies, but this is our personal favorite combination. So many different variations, play around and have fun!

Vegan, gluten-free (with tamari)
Serves 2-3 (or more as a side dish)
Adapted from VegNews

1 large bunch organic kale (curly or lacinato)
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
1/2 small red onion
1/2 avocado
Sunflower seeds for topping

{For the dressing}*
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. tamari or soy sauce
1 Tbsp. olive oil (omit for oil-free)

Tear kale into bite-size pieces (stems removed). Place in a bowl and lightly massage.
Thinly slice onion, and halve cherry tomatoes. Add to bowl.
In a smaller bowl, add dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.
Pour dressing over salad, toss well to coat, and let marinate for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, dice avocado.
Top with avocado and sunflower seeds before serving. Best eaten within a day.

*Note: I often just use a drizzle of red wine vinegar in place of the lemon juice and tamari - either works great!

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  1. I love marinated kale!! Love how you used soy sauce and fresh lemon juice in this recipe--- I'll definitely have to give that a try soon!

    1. Hi Liz!! Yay - glad to hear from a fellow marinated kale lover, it's incredible stuff :) Hope you enjoy, and have a great week!

  2. Wow, this looks really fresh. I feel like having it now.

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  3. Do you have a suggestion on what I could use as a substitute for the tamari/soy?

    1. Hi Leigh! I haven't substituted for the tamari/soy yet, but you could just increase the lemon juice, or try coconut aminos. For a different flavor profile, you could also experiment with some balsamic or red wine vinegar! Would love to hear how it goes! :)

    2. I don't eat soy products either - I substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce. Hope this helps!

  4. I can't wait to try this! Looks yummy!

    1. Yay, enjoy! We're making it again today - can't get enough! ;)

  5. How many kale leaves is that?
    A measure of the sunflower seeds would be helpful to know too.

    1. The leaves come in many different shapes and sizes, so for this recipe, I've always used 1 bunch that I find at the store. The bunches always vary in size as well, but I find salad doesn't have to be precise measurements :) I usually sprinkle about 1/4 of sunflower seeds on top (or even more on my own serving if desired)

  6. Sounds yummy I am going to give it a try!

    1. Awesome! Hope you enjoy as much as we do! :)