Asian Kale Power Salad

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This Asian Kale Power Salad is packed with protein, flavor and crunch to keep you feeling full all afteroon!  Perfect for lunch!  Gluten free and vegan too!

Hi Friends!  As I see my Pinterest and Facebook feeds overloaded with cookies, pies and cakes, it makes me want to run and bury my face in a big bowl of salad!  Don’t get me wrong, I do love my sweets, but I can only take so much before I need to get back to my savory favorites.  Like salad.  And, this isn’t just your average salad, it’s a flavorful and filling Asian Kale Power Salad that is great to make a batch of and eat for lunch all week long.  It’s one of those dishes that just keeps getting better and better as it sits.

I have some fun news!  I’ve teamed up with some other awesome food bloggers who share delicious recipes each month that all include at least one seasonal ingredient from this great seasonal produce guide put together by Becky Rosenthal from Vintage Mixer.  I think it’s so important to cook with seasonal produce as much as possible so I’m really excited about this!  Check out the bottom of the post for more #EatSeasonal recipes!

This Asian Kale Power Salad is packed with protein, flavor and crunch to keep you feeling full all afteroon!  Perfect for lunch!  Gluten free and vegan too!

This Asian Kale Power Salad came to be after eating at Panera way too many times right after Eli came into this world.  I didn’t want to do any cooking and Panera is known for being pretty healthy.  But, being a vegetarian who tries to stay away from gluten and dairy, there was no salad I could get that was filling and substantial.  So, I decided to make my own once I got my energy back and I don’t think I’ll be going back to Panera anytime soon!

Asian Kale Power Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad, Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • ½ cup quinoa, dried
  • 1 bunch curly kale, about 5-6 cups when chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (6 ounce) packaged baked tofu, or a large package if you can find one
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red pepper
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 large radishes, julienned
  • ⅓ cup chopped scallions
  • ½ cup roasted and salted cashews, chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Squeeze of lemon
Sesame Ginger Dressing:
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons tamari, gluten free kind if necessary
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Wash the kale, remove the ribs from the leaves and chop leaves into bite size pieces. Place the kale into a large bowl and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil, pinch of salt and small squeeze lemon (optional). Massage kale leaves with you hands for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the quinoa to the kale along with the remaining salad ingredients (except for the tofu) and mix until combined.
  4. Chop the tofu into bite size pieces and either add to the big bowl of salad or top individual salad bowls with it. If eating salad all at once, pour dressing over salad and mix well. You can also keep the dressing separate and dress individual salad bowls as needed. Salad will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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This Asian Kale Power Salad is packed with protein, flavor and crunch to keep you feeling full all afteroon!  Perfect for lunch!  Gluten free and vegan too!

 

This Asian Kale Power Salad is packed with protein, flavor and crunch to keep you feeling full all afteroon!  Perfect for lunch!  Gluten free and vegan too!

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  1. says

    I feel the same way — there’s too much sugar floating around and we need plenty of salad to balance it out! We used to go to Panera all the time when the kids were younger and I haven’t been in ages. This salad looks so good, Izzy — this is just what I need to balance out the cookies my neighbor brought over!

    • She Likes Food says

      Yes! It’s all about balance this time of year! Those cookies from your neighbor looked so good! Thanks, Marcie :)

  2. says

    I feel the same way about all of the desserts right now! I know that it probably what’s most popular during this time of year but I can’t bring myself to start testing them. I much rather dive into a big bowl of this gorgeous salad. I love that it’s made with seasonal ingredients too. So much more nutritious that way!

    • She Likes Food says

      Me too, Sarah! I really don’t need a bunch of cakes and cookies lying around for me to be tempted by! Maybe just a few though… haha! Thanks, girl!

    • She Likes Food says

      It’s so hard to stay away from the sweets this time of year, but thankfully there always seems to be a salad laying around when I’ve had too much sugar! Thanks so much for having me :)

  3. says

    While I do love all the treats this time of year, there is only so much I can take! Salads are essential to healthy eating during the holidays…and this one looks incredible!

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