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Chinese Chicken Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing

Everyone’s favorite Chinese Chicken Salad, with kale for extra nutrition and a modern flavor twist!

chinese chicken kale salad

As much as I love slaws and cabbage salads, sometimes they can be a little too…cabbagey. So much chewing is required, and for so long, that a whole bowl of the stuff can be exhausting. 😉

Thankfully, my friends at Earthbound Farm have come up with three Kale Blends, two of which are mixtures of various kinds of chopped kale and cabbage. I’ve been loving these blends (not having to wash, de-stem and chop the kale is awesome) and recently found that any of the blends work wonderfully in Chinese Chicken Salad.

For this particular recipe, I used the Cook Me blend. Though it’s called “Cook Me,” you don’t have to cook it – and the blend of chopped kale, cabbage and shredded carrots is ideal here. Just enough cabbage + plenty of robust kale gives this salad a perfect balance of taste, texture and crunch.

Chinese Chicken Kale Salad

You’ll notice this salad has a lot of ingredients, but you can absolutely leave one or two of them out and still end up with a delicious result. The key is to chop everything well enough so you can get a few different tastes in each bite.

To make this vegetarian, swap the chicken for tofu or more edamame, or simply skip the chicken part.

Can’t wait to hear what you think of this salad. It’s quickly become one of my favorites!

Chinese Chicken Kale Salad

Chinese Chicken Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing
 
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Everyone's favorite Chinese Chicken Salad, with kale for extra nutrition and a modern flavor twist!
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Recipe type: salad
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4 main dish servings
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Earthbound Farm Cook Me Kale Blend
  • 2 carrots, peeled into long ribbons using a vegetable peeler
  • 1 cup shelled edamame, cooked and cooled
  • 1 cup chopped or julienned jicama (remove skin first)
  • ½ cup sliced radishes
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • ⅓ cup chopped peanuts
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp minced ginger, fresh or from a jar
Instructions
  1. Whisk dressing ingredients in the bottom of a large bowl until smooth. If the dressing seems too thick, add a little more rice vinegar or water (1-2 Tbsp).
  2. Add the kale blend and use your hands to toss with the dressing. Let sit in the dressing for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl and toss until all ingredients are coated with dressing. Garnish with additional sesame seeds or peanuts, if desired.
  4. Serve right away, or up to 2 hours later (move to the fridge if you'll be serving later).

 

This is not a sponsored post. However, Earthbound Farm and I are ongoing partners, and I did receive product from them to play around with. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Matthew
    October 18, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Amelia,

    This salad rocks! What a nutritious blend! It has two of my favorite ingredients: Orange and sesame seeds. But I also like the onions, the chicken, the vinegar…all of it! A complete meal.

  • Reply
    Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition
    October 21, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I love how simple the dressing is!!! Can’t wait to try this Amelia.

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      October 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks, Katie! I could practically drink this dressing 🙂

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    Ditch The Takeout And Try These Delicious And Healthy Chinese Food Recipes | Bembu
    June 3, 2016 at 6:06 am

    […] Chinese Chicken Kale Salad With Peanut Dressing – You will never call salad boring again with this second fantastic salad option! This one is a better choice if you’d rather a savory and filling salad for lunch or dinner. It is absolutely bursting with colors and flavors, and the author suggests making sure you chop everything well so that you get a few different tastes in each bite. […]

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