Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Amazing Raw Kale Salad

This Raw Kale Salad is so good! I'm really short on time, so here's the recipe:

Marinated Winter Kale Salad
  • 4 cups kale, destemmed and cut in a chiffonade
  • 1 teaspoon best quality sea salt (smoked salt would be fabulous here!)
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • ½ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons minced red onion
  • ½ cup chopped green olives
  • 1 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoon best quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt/pepper to taste if needed
• In a large mixing bowl, add the kale, salt, orange juice, vinegar and garlic powder. Massage well with
your hands for several minutes.
• Add the rest of the ingredients and massage well

Let salad sit for 10 minutes; taste and adjust seasonings and enjoy!

Serves 4

In cast you missed it, check out my Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe!!

... and here's a sneak peak at at tomorrow's post!
Orange Scented Chocolate Pecan Pie!


  1. Melody, this does look AMAZING! Great job!

  2. Love the idea of smoked salt in this! Sounds fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. This salad looks AMAZING! Your recipes are coming at me so hard and fast I can't keep up! You had me at sweet potatoes!

  4. Know what I just realized? I think I prefer kale in raw slaws/salads, as opposed to cooked. I have a peanut-based kale slaw that I think I'm due for this weekend! Yum yum yum.

  5. Wow. Looks delish! How long do you figure it would last in the fridge? If not long, I might keep the dressing separate.

  6. Melissa, it will keep for 2-3 days ..

  7. I'm always in the mood for some kale. even though this summer I ate probably 60% kale in my diet from june - august (I was living and working on a farm) I can't get enough of it. Thanks for this recipe, Melody!

  8. Mmmmmm...I love raw kale salads! I have never used orange juice before, though (I usually use lemon juice), so I will have to give your version a try. Thanks!


  9. I love kale salad! This looks so amazing!

  10. I want both of those for dinner right now. :-)

  11. I love this colourful salad. It looks awesome! I'm looking forward to the kale season here in Australia:)

  12. I love this colourful salad. It looks awesome! I'm looking forward to the kale season here in Australia:)

  13. How beautiful! I'm always looking for ways to incorporate more kale into my diet. YUM.

  14. i soooooooo love a good raw kale salad - and yours looks super colorful and delicious, Melody! nice! smoked salt sounds great - i just need to get my hands on some. yum! i can't wait for the chocolate pecan pie. mmmmmmmm!

  15. This looks so good! But do you really mean 4 cups of cilantro.... or should it be 1/4 cup?

  16. Ok, I am eating this right now - and it's delicious! I love that it includes green olives and nutmeg, two ingredients I never would've thought of adding to this. I used dried cranberries instead of the sundried tomatoes.

  17. I brought this to a potluck and it was a huge hit! I'm rooting around my fridge to make some more for myself.

    I also got high fives from a friend for having people eat kale without realizing it. So I'm extending that high five to you, I could hardly take credit!

  18. Alice, thanks for catching that! Yes, 1/4 c cilantro!

    I'm so glad you liked it..

    Ashley, thanks for the feedback! It's so fun to get people to eat raw kale without them realizing it!

  19. Looks great, to bad there's no kale in this country..

  20. I love raw kale salads and think this is a fabulous variation.. so many healthy ingredients. I can't wait to try this next. :)

  21. That is one beautiful salad!

  22. Lived on this stuff while doing the "Crazy Sexy Diet" cleanse. And just came home with 7 bunches of Kale today for smoothies!

    Thanks for showing that veganism doesn't have to be super yuppie and crazy expensive. You prove that it is cheap to make healthy food and you save even more in the long run.

  23. if you;ve got a dehydrator you have to make kale chips with all that kale it is divine - just blend cashews and water to make cream add nutritional yeast, salt and lemon juice till it tastes tasty, massage the kale in it till its dripping off it and dehydrate till crispy.

  24. This looks great, and I totally want to make it, but I definitely was stunned to see 4 CUPS of cilantro in the ingredient list! I mean, I LOOOOVE cilantro, but that would be overkill even for me! Glad you clarified in the comments section! Yum!!

  25. Finally made this, and it was GREAT! Having leftovers for lunch today, and thinking that it would be SUPER YUMMY over a small bed of orzo or something similar, with all of the marinade. TASTY, INDEED!

  26. OH MY GOD THIS IS GOOD!!!!!!!!! OH! And I entered it into my food diary app and it says it has 365.7% of my daily Vitamin A and 169.3% of my daily Vitamin C although I would eat this even if it wasn't good for me!! Thanks!

  27. Thanks for posting this recipe. I will be making it very soon. I've been stuck on making Dr. Weil's Tuscan Kale salad, as the only recipe I used kale in...that is changing. Thanks also for mentioning that you cut the kale using a chiffonade cut. Never heard of it. Googled it, and will be using it from now on.

  28. I love cumin and I love kale. After eating kale cooked some years ago, I started eating it raw and almost always eat it raw, now. On a whim, I bought cumin seed while picking up my usual ground cumin, but I hadnt gotten around to looking up what to actually DO with cumin seed. Here it is in your Amazing Kale Salad! Now I know, and now I will try it! Thank you!

  29. I die! This sounds incredible! Since being pregnant, I've craved kale daily! This sounds awesome!

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  31. do you happen to know the nutritional information for this salad?

    1. Nope, but you can easily plug everything into sparkpeople or fitday calculator.