Kale Salad with Lemon-Miso Dressing

How do you make kale taste sweet? The first step is to get rid of the rough center stems and chop it into bite sized pieces. Or use baby kale. The second is to massage it with good quality olive oil. As you massage the kale, you will notice that the color changes from a dull green to a much brighter color. The leaves get softer.


massaged baby kale


Now you are ready to make your salad.

The secret to a great salad is a great dressing — and the lemon-miso dressing for this salad tastes great on kale. Use equal parts organic brown miso paste, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice. Mix together. I use a left over jar and shake it. Then add the finely diced shallot.

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Ingredients for Lemon-Miso Dressing

With the kale as the base and the dressing on top, this salad is endlessly versatile. During avocado season, some fresh sliced avocado is a great addition. If you want to take the salad to work, just cover the avocados with a bit of freshly squeezed lemon and it will stay pretty and green until lunchtime. Halved cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber, diced carrots, and diced fennel are all good choices. Some nuts or grilled chicken make it a real meal.


Kale Salad with Lemon-Miso Dressing

1 bunch organic kale, purple, curly or green

3 organic carrots

1 clamshell organic cherry tomatoes

1 fennel bulb

1/2 organic English cucumber

1 ripe avocado

1/4 cup pepitas or other nuts (or diced grilled chicken breast)


1/4 cup each organic brown miso, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice

1 shallot, diced

This is a great salad to take to work for a nice break mid-day.



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One response to “Kale Salad with Lemon-Miso Dressing”

  1. tmdelany says :

    I’ve been fortunate to have tasted and enjoyed this salad and it is quite delicious! The dressing is a perfect blend of citrus and oil. I have added it to my recipe box. YUM!

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