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Asian Kale Salad with Chicken
and peanut dressing / celery / Asian pears

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min

Asian pears and celery add a sweet and crunchy bite to this delightfully balanced kale salad with seared chicken. This meal was last featured in 2018.
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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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
  • Peanuts - 1/2 cup
Peanut Dressing:
  • Ginger, fresh - 1 inch, grated
  • Peanut butter - 1/4 cup (creamy is preferred, but crunchy will also work)
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Sriracha - 2 tsp (sub other hot sauce)
  • Limes - 1, juice of

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Prep

  1. Make dressing - Grate ginger. Soften peanut butter in the microwave for ~30 seconds. Mix with ginger, soy sauce, 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.

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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 peanuts. Portion out the salad. Top with chicken slices and drizzle remainder of the dressing over top. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (41)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (14)

44 reviews

Really good and not much work! Added a dash of sesame oil to the dressing.

By: Lynn
Posted: Jul 20, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made this exactly to specs and hubby loved it but I thought it had to much soy sauce. I’m not a fan of soy and would use less next time around. The pears were delicious and very ripe and made the salad taste very fresh.

By: Diane
Posted: Jun 09, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I loved it, husband did not.

By: Teresa
Posted: Jun 05, 2020
Diet: Original
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Made this for company and everyone enjoyed it. I used a baby kale blend and waited until just before serving to dress and it was perfect. Works great to serve deconstructed for the kids, too.

By: Kristen
Posted: Feb 24, 2020
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

This was SO good. My kids loved it and actually ate some of the kale, which I was surprised by. Definitely going in our favourites!

By: Chelsea
Posted: Feb 14, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Definitely don't dress the kale if it is baby kale. It was so super soggy after the 20 minutes! Opps. Great flavor besides that!

By: Catherine
Posted: Feb 13, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
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