Asian Chopped Kale Salad + Miso Sesame Dressing

This post is going to be short and sweet, which I find is always the case with salad recipes. I mean, how much can you really say about throwing a bunch of veggies in a bowl? Today was one of those days where I just craved a good salad. Plus I need to use up all of my fresh produce from my giant Fruit & Veggie basked from Kate and Kimi, and get a few healthy meals in before the holidays.

This salad isn’t super complicated, only a few ingredients, but the flavor is definitely there. I have a big tub of miso paste in the fridge that I am trying to make a dent in, so I went for an Asian flavor profile. Enter: the Asian Chopped Kale Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing.

Asian Inspired Chopped Kale Salad

Asian Inspired Chopped Kale Salad

This salad comes together in just a few minutes. The based is chopped kale, and then I just added some edamame, carrots, radishes and sesame seeds. Simplicity is the key since the dressing is really flavorful.

Kale

Kale

Edamame

Edamame

The dressing is delicious. It has miso paste and soy sauce, ย then some honey and vinegar to balance out all of that salt, and also some toasted sesame oil. It is definitely a good dressing for a kale salad, since kale is hearty enough to pair with really bold flavors.

Miso Sesame Dressing

Miso Sesame Dressing

Ingredients (for 1 salad):

  • approx 2 cups chopped kale
  • 3-4 baby carrots, shaved
  • 3-4 radishes, shaved
  • 1/4 cup edamame
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

For the dressing

  • 1/2 T red miso paste
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
Asian Chopped Kale Salad

Asian Chopped Salad

How to:

  1. Bring a few cups of water to a rolling boil and add the edamame. Boil for 3 or 4 minutes, then drain and rinse in cold water to bring down the temperature.
  2. While the edamame is boiling, massage the kale with some olive oil and a little sea salt, then give it a rough chop and set aside.
  3. When the edamame is cool enough, peel them and set the beans aside.
  4. Prepare your carrots and radishes however you like them. I shaved them very thin using a vegetable peeler, but you could chop or julienne them as well.
  5. Add radishes, carrots, and edamame to the kale and toss. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the miso paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and sesame oil. Taste and adjust flavors to your liking (I found mind to be very salty because of the miso, so either add no soy sauce or more honey if that is not your thing).
  7. Mix some dressing into the salad, I had some left over.
  8. Pig out
Asian Inspired Chopped Kale Salad

The perfect bite!

I hope everyone is getting ready for Christmas. It is always hard to spend the holidays away from home as an expat, but there are lots of Christmas markets and holiday parties to take some of the homesickness away. The best part of the holidays in Shanghai is the availability of Gluhwein, or warm mulled wine. It is honestly like drinking the holidays in a glass, so delicious. I don’t feel so bad about having a glass or six if I can have an awesome salad for dinner!

Asian Chopped Kale Salad

Asian Chopped Kale Salad

 

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