make this salad April 13, 2010


I wish I had the time to tell you the incredible and delicious story of my week in Charleston. I really do. All the great moments with Helen as we hung out, shared stories, collaborated on a really great project. Those details will have to wait. There is a nearly-week long shoot coming up & a television commercial looming…as well as one heck of a bake sale.

One thing I can tell you about last week was that Helen changed my life forever by introducing me to the salad you see before you. A quick stop at EarthFare (something we don't have in Atlanta, darnit) for lunch noshes scored us a one-pound container of this stuff. We ate it for lunch – and dinner – on several occasions (and ended up buying a second pound) vowing to recreate it when I got home.

Here it is – this is a dead ringer for their recipe and cheaper to make at home. Believe me when I tell you that it will take you 10 minutes to make this salad…and 10 minutes to eat a batch of it. This recipe may make more dressing than required but I'd rather you have a little extra (for a marinade or something) than not enough. Just add the dressing in steps until the kale is coated but it isn't soupy at the bottom of the bowl. You must have patience here – this salad gets better with time so don't cheat and eat it straight away. A couple hours of marination changes the texture of the kale & allows for deep flavor.

Sesame Kale Salad – serves 4 to 6 as a side dish (or 2 people if you're Helen and me!)

  • 1 pound of kale leaves once the tough stems & ribs are removed and roughly chopped – I used the prebagged & washed variety
  • 2 large roasted piquillo peppers or roasted red bell peppers, cut into thin, bite-sized strips
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

– In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce and vinegar until completely emulsified. Set aside at room temperature.

– In a larger mixing bowl, place kale and pepper strips. Drizzle in dressing and mix the greens and dressing thoroughly – I used my hands for this. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and mix once more until evenly distributed. Cover bowl with its lid or well fitting plastic wrap. Chill for 4 hours to overnight.


The Teacher Cooks Apr 13, 2010 03:04 pm

I was sold when I saw the gorgeous pic! Sounds so easy and yet delicious. Really amazing Tami!

Helen Apr 13, 2010 04:04 pm

Dang! That is right on the money! When you said rice vinegar I knew you had nailed it. We are having some for dinner tonight…again with some cold poached salmon and toasted rice.
Now…about that house guest business….when are ya’ll coming back? This is all of us this week: :( Pups included…

Patti Davis Apr 13, 2010 04:04 pm

Sounds wonderful. Off to pick up ingredients tomorrow!

Caitlin Apr 13, 2010 06:04 pm

Oh yes, I think I’d like this very much. And so gorgeous, with that vibrant green! I’m feeling lucky though, since there’s an Earthfare in Raleigh… Y’know, just in case :)

Kalynskitchen Apr 13, 2010 07:04 pm

Oh yes! I’m totally loving the sound of this one.

cubalibre Apr 13, 2010 08:04 pm

Long-time reader, first-time commenter: Hi! Just thought I’d compliment you on the photo (lovely!), and let you know that even though we don’t have Earthfare here, I’ve picked up this very salad at Whole Foods! It’s one of the spousal unit’s favorites, and now that I’ve seen this pic, I’m starting to crave it! Glad to have a recipe for it, since getting it at WF ain’t cheap!

Lynn Apr 14, 2010 05:04 am

I am SO making this. Thank you – and bonus, kale is really good for us. I routinely used rice vinegar and love it in things.

That green is so beautiful. I like the chill as well.

The Broke Socialite Apr 15, 2010 04:04 am

There is an Earthfare in Chattanooga and I’ve had the kale salad. It’s worth the two hour drive. Seriously.

Amrita Apr 15, 2010 12:04 pm

Hi, I really want to participate in the bake sale on Saturday but I don’t know how! Do I just show up with some goods?
Thanks! :)

tami h. Apr 15, 2010 01:04 pm

Email me at and I’ll give you the details about the bake sale!
– tami

Hilary Apr 16, 2010 11:04 am

I think Whole Foods read your blog! They have this @ the Briarcliff location right now. Yum!

Amrita Apr 16, 2010 04:04 pm

I sent you an email about 3 days ago and didn’t hear back. I just read this so I emailed you again! My address is, in case it’s going in as spam! :)

tea_austen Apr 16, 2010 08:04 pm

Made this for family dinner tonight and it was a huge hit. So good! I think this is going to be a mainstay for me this summer. Bet it would make a great picnic salad.
Thanks for the reverse-engineering and sharing. Healthy AND tasty is alway a bonus:-)

Spice Rack Apr 17, 2010 08:04 pm

Make this salad with herbs and spices is going to be a healthy dish for everyone. I love to make salad especially when my spice rack is complete with herbs and spice.

carolyn Apr 25, 2010 10:04 am

made this for a girls’ night and it was a knock out. love everything about it! raw kale, dressed in advance, mega healthy….terrific recipe and a keeper!

Molly Apr 28, 2010 02:04 pm

Hoo boy, this so has my name all over it. I even have some cold poached salmon in my fridge, but where, dang-it, is my kale? Better hop to it!

Ann Dunaway Teh Jun 22, 2010 08:06 am

I finally made the salad and took it to a potluck recently. It was outstanding! It got rave reviews from the health conscious set in the crowd – and set me apart as a dietitian among the rest. :)

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Samye Kermish Feb 19, 2011 03:02 pm

just had this salad today at earth fare – opened in Montgomery Wednesday – the salad is delicious!! Your recipe sounds terrific but I noticed their ingredients listed garlic, ginger and a couple of other seasonings – I’m gonna try yours… thanks!

Rivki Locker Apr 4, 2011 11:04 pm

This looks lovely. Love the marinating technique.

Mairi @ Toast Apr 5, 2011 01:04 pm

That picture is just so inviting…and when I head back to NZ we will be heading in to to “greens” season so I also welcome new uses for kale as it will start to make a weekly appearance in the vegetable box! This salad is just the ticket to add to the repertoire. Thanks!

Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama Apr 9, 2011 03:04 pm

This is such a beautiful and amazing recipe that I wanted to share it on my blog! Congratulations and happy cooking!
xxoo Tasha -The Clean Eating Mama

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Kelly @ Free spirit Food Jan 1, 2012 11:01 am

What a beautiful salad!

Claudia Daniels May 20, 2012 12:05 am

love it. is there some way i can get this emailed to me..

Debi Jan 22, 2015 07:01 pm

So glad I ran across this recipe. Several years ago I worked in Knoxville, TN. There was an Earth Fare next to my hotel. I would frequently buy the Sesame Kale salad and eat on it for days. Love, love, loved it! I’m now retired and trying to prepare more vegetables for my meals at home. This is the perfect salad to have in the frig!

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