Rawkin’ Rainbow Kale Salad

Rawkin Kale Salad recipe by Somer McCowan

I call this “a salad for the kale haters” because my husband, who isn’t fond of kale, asked for seconds on this incredibly lush and dreamy salad. Recipe from The Abundance Diet: The 28-Day Plan to Reinvent Your Health, Lose Weight, and Discover the Power of Plant-Based Foods. * ©2015 by Somer McCowan. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press LLC. Photo by Ann Oliverio.

Rawkin’ Rainbow Kale Salad
Recipe type: Raw Kale Salad
Cuisine: Vegan / Healthy
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
Here's a delicious and crunchy massaged kale salad, filled with colorful veggies and dressed with an amazing cashew-based creamy chili lime dressing.
Creamy Chili Lime Dressing
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup raw cashew pieces (soaked for 4 to 6 hours)
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • Juice of 1 large lime
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, or more (depending on your heat preference)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Dash of cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
Rainbow Kale Salad
  • 1 large bunch of about16 ounces lacinato (dinosaur) kale,
  • tough stems removed, then cut into ¼-inch shreds
  • ½ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • ¼ head small purple cabbage, cut into ¼-inch ribbons
  • ½ cup red onion, cut into ¼-inch dice or thinly sliced rings
  • 1 large carrot, cut into thin 2-inch long matchsticks
  • 1 large ripe Hass avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 small jicama, cut into 2-inch long matchsticks
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Lime wedges, for serving (optional)
  1. In a high-speed blender or a food processor, combine the red bell pepper, garlic, cashews, tamari, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Blend until completely smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Transfer the kale and the cilantro to a large salad bowl and pour on the dressing. Toss until all the kale is thoroughly coated, then massage the kale with your hands for 1 to 2 minutes. (Massaging kale makes it taste better!)
  3. Divide the kale salad among four large plates and top with the purple cabbage, red onion, carrot, avocado, and jicama.
  4. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and serve with lime wedges, if desired.

Rawkin Kale Salad by Somer McCowan

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  • Reply
    Elisa Hernandez
    June 17, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    This salad looks absolutely delicious! My mother isn’t a huge fan of kale either. I will most definitely be making this for her 🙂 thank you so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      June 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Thanks, Elisa — I hope both of you like this amazing salad, contributed by Somer McCowan.

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