And you may be right, I may be crazy, but this just may be the Crunchy Asian Salad you’re looking for. I have a love/hate thing with kale but if I’m going to love kale, it’s going to be hidden in a smoothie, baked into flavorful kale chips, or chopped into a delicious salad with bacon. This salad is delicious. I do still feel like it’s been a steady diet of fancy chocolates and sugar cookies, and homemade pigs in a blanket (thank you very much), but you can start slowly. Wait until Monday, add some bacon, and keep it real. This salad has a wonderful dressing, and is ready fast.
Crunchy Asian Salad With Kale:
What You Need:
1/2 a head of green cabbage – chopped and washed
1/2 a head of red cabbage – chopped and washed
1 bunch of kale – chopped and washed
3 carrots – peeled and chopped
1 bunch of romaine lettuce – washed and chopped
1 bunch of Italian parsley – washed and chopped fine (stems removed)
Bacon (optional but it’s a good option)
1 bunch of green onions – cleaned – trimmed and chopped
1 cup of cherry tomatoes – washed and cut in half
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup of almond butter
1/4 cup of lime juice
3 Tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
2 Tablespoon of sesame oil
1 Tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup of honey
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
What You Do:
1 – First, wash and chop all the vegetables, and dry on kitchen towels, to ensure water has been removed.
2 – And then place all chopped vegetables in a large bowl, and place bowl in refrigerator.
3 – In a blender: add the coconut milk, almond butter, lime juice, vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, and a little salt and pepper, and blend until thoroughly mixed.
4 – Then, remove salad and pour dressing over salad, and toss to coat.
5 – Lastly, serve immediately! If you are making this ahead, keep the salad and dressing in the refrigerator, and toss together before serving. Enjoy!
*NOTE: OPTIONAL – You can also top the salad with crumbled bacon, chopped rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken, chopped steak, chopped egg, or chopped peanuts or pecans, crunchy noodles, or your favorite toppings.