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Asian Kale Salad with Chicken
and sunflower seed dressing / celery / Asian pears

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min
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Asian pears and celery add a sweet and crunchy bite to this delightfully balanced kale salad with seared chicken.
Smarts: Dressing the kale and letting it rest in the fridge ahead of time allows the kale to soften for the perfect salad texture.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Sunflower Butter Dressing (yields ~3/4 cup):
  • Ginger - 1 inch, grated
  • Sunflower seed butter - 1/4 cup
  • Coconut / Bragg's aminos - 3 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Sriracha - 1 Tbsp (sub other hot sauce)
  • Lime - 1, juice of
Asian Kale Salad with Chicken:
  • Celery - 4 ribs, thinly sliced
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, sliced into strips (sub chicken thighs)
  • Kale, baby - 10 oz (sub 1 bunch kale, chopped, for 4 servings)
  • Pears, Asian - 2, julienned or sliced (sub any pears)
  • Mint, fresh - 8 leaves, thinly sliced
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Cashews - 1/2 cup

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Make dressing - Grate ginger. Soften sunflower seed butter in the microwave for ~30 seconds. Mix with ginger, aminos, rice vinegar, honey, oil (portion for dressing), Sriracha (or other hot sauce), and lime juice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Celery - Slice celery. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Chicken - Cut chicken into strips. Tenderize with a fork and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Dress kale - Dress kale with half of the dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to let the kale tenderize / soften.
  5. Pears / Mint - Prep as directed.

Make

  1. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add oil (portion for salad) and then add chicken to heated oil.
  2. Sear chicken on each side until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes total.
  3. Toss dressed kale with celery, pear, mint, and cashews. Portion out the salad. Top with chicken slices and drizzle remainder of the dressing over top. Enjoy!
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Reviews

This meal has 18 reviews

This dressing is so yummy, I suggest doubling it so you have some for later.

By: Nicole
Posted: Jan 26, 2019
Diet: Original

We did this as a make-ahead for lunches. I prepped everything except dressing the kale beforehand. Then in the morning, I dressed the kale, added all the toppings, and packed it with the dressing to pour over the top. We both LOVED the flavors of this salad. This is definitely one we will make again!

By: Abigail
Posted: Jan 15, 2019
Diet: Original

this was very good. would have been too spicy for the kids but the grown ups ate it up.

By: Amanda
Posted: Jan 14, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Baby kale was surprisingly delicious. Looked wilted, but tasted delicious.

By: Whitney
Posted: Dec 28, 2018
Diet: Original

Man, I would practically drink this dressing it was so delicious.

By: Jenna
Posted: Dec 07, 2018
Diet: Original

So good. Eyeballed a lot of the dressing ingredients (probably less than 2 tbsp honey) but came together quickly and deliciously. Used salad greens instead of kale since it’s what I had on hand but turned out well. Would like to try with kale sometime too.

By: Tiffany
Posted: Nov 18, 2018
Diet: Original