Alexa’s Asian Kale Salad

Kale has never been one of my favorite food, especially as the primary ingredient whether cooked or raw.  I’ve had it in soups which is ok and it’s really good in green smoothies, but it only flavors these dishes.  I’ve tried sauteing it and also making kale chips and no one in the family has been fanatical about either.

This recently changed! We had friends over for dinner a  few weeks back and she offered to bring a salad and dessert and  I served my Sweet and Spicey Asian Pork with bok choy.  As luck would have it, she brought a kale salad! I was a bit worried at first and only took a small serving, but soon had seconds and thirds.  The flavors mixed so well with some sweetness from the oranges, a little bite from the ginger and garlic and some spice!  Truly fantastic.

My friend was gracious enough to share the recipe with me and we had it again last week.  The kids each asked for seconds and I think hubby had at least three if not four servings.  Which if you’ve read some of my past posts… is amazing!  He is NOT a salad eater and really will only eat it if I ask him if he has had any yet or if I serve dinner with salads already dished up!

I know it was because of the Asian flare that he not only ate it, but also really enjoyed it.  At the end of dinner the boys asked when we could have it again.  I said I wasn’t sure and Tonchi said he would help me make it again for dinner the next night!

My dear friend Alexa created this recipe and was willing to let me share it with you!  She used a couple of sites for inspiration and then went for it! She really does a great job adding a little of this and a little of that together to make fantastic dishes.  In fact, when she has made something that I’d like to try and duplicate, it’s often hard to get a recipe out of her!  She doesn’t use them and doesn’t record (usually) what she adds.  This time, she had a feeling I would ask and she wrote it down for me! 😉

So… here it is!  Try and enjoy!

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Asian Kale Salad

¼ c olive oil
1 T honey
1 t minced ginger
¼ c rice vinegar
4 cloves garlic
2 T GF tamari
1 T toasted sesame oil
½ t hot chili sesame oil

Blend in Vitamix.

1 head organic kale (I used dino/lacinto), ribbed and cut/torn into bite sized pieces
1 tsp salt
2 carrots, grated
½ small head red cabbage, thinly sliced
⅓ small red onion, thinly sliced
1 c fresh snow peas, julienned
2 small oranges, peeled and diced
sesame seeds

Toss kale with salt and massage.  Add all other ingredients and toss.  Add dressing and toss again.  Let sit at least 1 hr before serving.  Drizzle with sesame oil and honey and sprinkle with sesame seeds when serving.

The only thing I did differently, is that I didn’t have any spicy sesame sauce so I just added about 1/2 tsp of red curry paste and it was definitely not the same, but still super good!

If you give it a try, I’d love to know what you think and if you’ll make it again!  This is kid approved in our home, I hope it is in yours as well!


Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m not one for complex side dishes unless the main dish is something like hamburgers or fish on the grill.  I only like a max of 1 labor intensive (30 minutes or less of prep work) portion to a meal.  As it is I feel like I live in the kitchen and I definitely don’t need to add to that!  Thankfully my family doesn’t mind! Continue reading “Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli”

Cucumber Salad and Baked Fingerling Potatoes

I’m terrible at making side dishes to go with dinner.  I remember growing up we always had three dishes served with dinner.  Usually it was some sort of meat dish, a veggie and a starch.  It was ingrained in me that you had to have at least three dishes.   Continue reading “Cucumber Salad and Baked Fingerling Potatoes”

Crispy Dill Pickles

I know this seems way out of season, but we made these at the end of the summer this year with some dear friends of ours.  The recipe came from them and they had gotten it from another friend.  So it’s just been passed around!  I certainly can’t take any credit for it, but it sure is good! Continue reading “Crispy Dill Pickles”

Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope your day is extra special and that it is full of thanksgiving!  We have so much to be grateful for!  Just the simple everyday blessings that we often don’t even think about are HUGE!  Food to eat, a roof over our heads, health (or at least ability to see a Dr for our health), family,clothing to wear.  There are many here in this country and all over the world that struggle just to have these simple needs met.

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Deviled Eggs

Does anyone besides me get stuck on lunch ideas?  We do often have leftovers from the night before, but recently we’ve had some BIG eaters around here and we’ve had enough leftovers for 1… so Brian usually takes that to work for lunch. Continue reading “Deviled Eggs”

Crunchy Summer Cabbage Salad

Last week I had a head of cabbage that needed to be used and some other random veggies and a summer picnic coming up with no idea what to make.  I wanted to make salad that my family could enjoy to make sure there was something at the picnic we would be able to eat.
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Peach Apple Dessert

On a whim I just threw a few things together and it turned out as a real treat! Continue reading “Peach Apple Dessert”

Mediterranean Pepper Salad

So I can’t even come close to claiming this recipe.  But is it SO amazing I just have to post about it, even if it is just forwarding a link.  Our Care Group leaders made this for one of our monthly dinners and Brian and I went gaga over it! Continue reading “Mediterranean Pepper Salad”

Fresh Green Beans

I’m not one for a lot of side dishes.  I prefer to cook one main dish and maybe a side of bread (paleo bread that is!) or fruit or salad or a veggie – preferably raw.  My goal is to be able to prepare dinner in an hour or less… all of dinner. From stepping foot into the kitchen until served.  Sometimes there is a bit of prep work to be done earlier in the day(defrosting meat, making mayo), but I don’t count that! Continue reading “Fresh Green Beans”