Spicy Peanut Ginger Kale

by nomeatbarefeet

Kale is a favorite. We eat it in everything; served up anyway possible.

This salad is great on its own or used in making a Spicy Peanut Portobello Kale Rice Bowl. Either way this is a delicious combination of flavors. We tried it with the pickled ginger and found the pickle flavor a bit too overpowering…but don’t let that stop you from trying it out yourself.


Spicy Peanut Ginger Kale Salad

  • 2 large bunches of kale (or 3 small)
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanuts – fold in
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp pickled ginger, chopped

Spicy Ginger Peanut Sauce

  • 4 Tbsp creamy salted peanut butter
  • 1 C water
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (peeled and grated)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4-6 tsp tamari
  • 4 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 tsp agave syrup
  • 5-10 dashes cayenne
  • fine black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp pickled ginger, chopped

The How To

  1. Place a large soup pot over med-high heat on your stove top. Add all the sauce ingredients and stir briskly until they melt and blend together. Reduce heat to medium and simmer/stir for about two minutes. Turn heat to low.
  2. Pull the leaves in bits from the thick stalks of your kale. Wash if needed. Add the kale leaves (toss thick stems) – add kale to the pot until filled to the brim. Fold the kale into the hot sauce. Fold well. Place the lid on the pot. Cook the kale, tossing occasionally, until the kale wilts.
  3. Add the remaining amount of kale. Also add in the peanuts and red onion (and pickled ginger if using). Turn off heat. Fold the kale salad well for about a minute – until all the kale has wilted and the leaves and onion mixed with the sauce.
  4. Serve warm or place in fridge – covered – to chill and serve cold. Will keep well for up to a few days.
  5. Notes: Add more cayenne and raw ginger for a spicier salad. The recipe makes a fair amount of sauce already, so you can half it for a lighter dressed salad; or you can double it if you want an even thicker dressed salad.