Spring Kale w/ Sweet Mustard Miso Dressing

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I’m crazy for kale. I could eat it every freakin’ day! It wasn’t until I went to culinary school that my love affair with kale began. The only time I had seen it before was garnished around the salad bar at restaurants. How crazy that they didn’t chopped it up and throw into the salad people were eating. Kale is a superfood full of calcium, fiber, vitamins K, A, and C, which protect you against cancer and other diseases. Getting leafy green vegetables in your diet daily is one of the most important things to do if you want to have optimal health and feel bliss everyday. This was one of the recipes I made at my Crazy For Kale class at Whole Foods. People were really excited to try kale raw. Most of them had never had it in a way that they enjoyed, either cooked or raw. So, I showed them this delicious Kale w/ Sweet Mustard Dressing, which demystified how to prepare kale for them.


This kale salad has limitless possibilities. So feel free to add whatever veggies you want. Dried fruit and nuts would be excellent too! Tell us what you would add to your kale salad and let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments below.

Spring Kale w/ Sweet Mustard Miso Dressing
Makes 4 to 5 servings

2 bunches of kale, washed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
2 avocados, cubed
2 tablespoons dulse, for garnish

Sweet Mustard Miso Dressing
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons miso
2 tablespoons stoneground mustard
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup or maple syrup
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Black pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste
Filtered water, as necessary

Pull leaves from stalk of kale and tear into small pieces. Thinly slice the stalk. Place in a medium bowl. Blend dressing ingredients together in blender until smooth. Massage the kale with dressing for about 5 minutes. Stir in the rest of salad ingredients and allow to sit for 30 minutes while the flavors meld. Enjoy!

Comment List

  • Maija Haavisto 16 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    Kale is insanely expensive in Finland (the month or so of the year it’s even available at all…) but the dressing sounds very tasty, I think I’ll try it on something else. I’m always looking out for tasty dressings that aren’t vinaigrettes or mayo-based.

    • Nancy Lightfoot 16 / 03 / 2013 Reply

      Grow you own! It’s easy to grow, takes little space and is very cold tolerant. And it’s delicious.

  • Theresa AKA MostlyVeganMama & SleeplessInSimi 16 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    I do not have Brown Rice Syrup… what else could I use in its place? Agave?

  • Christy Morgan 16 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    Maija, this dressing is great for anything! You can sub collard greens or leafy lettuce for this recipe.

    Theresa, you can use maple syrup. Stay away from agave, it’s not as healthy as it seems.

  • Skylor 16 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    I was just telling a client of mine how fantastic kale is, I will send this recipe right along to her!

  • veganlisa 16 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    kale, avocado and fennel…I’m in!

    I am going to give this a try tomorrow as soon I replenish my kale – luckily the farmer’s market is open early.

    Thanks Christy!

  • Keri - IEatTrees 18 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    I LOVE kale. I’ll definitely give this a try- thank you!

  • Jodi 18 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    I’m crazy for Kale too, and I Do eat Kale EVERYDAY!!! I will for sure give these recipes a try. Yum!

  • Noelle 19 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    I am having this for lunch!!! Yummmm!!!

  • Vanessa 19 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    I never even thought about eating the thick kale stock. My stalks will never be trashed again! Thanks!! (I’m a little too excited about consuming even more kale goodness!)

  • Ohhh, yumm!

    Kale is one of my all-time favourites, and I’ve been eating it nonstop.

    Thanks for two new ideas!

  • Chef AJ 19 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    I can’t wait to try this! I love that you did not use oil and that you don’t recommend agave either 🙂

    Love & Kale,

    Chef AJ

  • Danielle 22 / 04 / 2010 Reply

    I love kale, and this dressing looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it, thanks!

  • D'lo 25 / 10 / 2011 Reply

    I LOVE raw kale salads.  Too bad I just saw this now.  Looks like the link to download the class info is gone. 

    BUT I'm going to stop at Whole Foods today and pick up some kale to make this tonight!

  • R. 10 / 01 / 2012 Reply

    By stoneground mustard, do you mean prepared mustard or mustard powder?

    • Christy Morgan 10 / 01 / 2012 Reply

      Yes, prepared mustard. You can use Dijon or German mustard for a stronger flavor. Enjoy!

  • Katie 12 / 01 / 2012 Reply

    I just made this for lunch tomorrow…. It took everything in me to stick it in the fridge and stop eating!! This is by far the best kale salad I have ever tasted…and it hasn't even had time to marinate!

    • Christy Morgan 12 / 01 / 2012 Reply

      Thanks Katie! I have a way with kale 😉 I hope you will check out Blissful Bites for my Mac n' Kale salad, which has been also called the best kale salad EVAR 🙂

  • Mindy 28 / 01 / 2012 Reply

    This dressing was FANTASTIC. I ate an entire bunch of kale by myself. Along with some different veggies, nuts, and fruit that I had on hand. Thank you!! I will definitely add some avocado next time it's on sale at the store. Fab find. Really.

    • Christy Morgan 29 / 01 / 2012 Reply

      Thanks Mindy! This salad is so versatile, you can throw in any veggies, nuts and dried or fresh fruit that you have on hand and it will be delicious. And a new experience each time you make it! 🙂

  • Rooey 20 / 09 / 2012 Reply

    Thank you for this recipe! I just had the kale with the dressing (I used olive oil instead of the water though) and it was fantastic 🙂  Always wanted to try massaged kale and now I'm glad I did!

    • Christy Morgan 21 / 09 / 2012 Reply

      Wonderful! I’m glad you enjoyed it. You can use this technique with all kinds of dressing options. So go wild! 🙂

  • Gary 05 / 01 / 2014 Reply

    Made this tonight – it was super DELICIOUS! We ate it with gusto!

  • Di 28 / 01 / 2014 Reply

    Hi Christy, can the kale in the dressing last in the refrigerator for 1 day?? i want to make it and share with friends the next day.
    Thank you!

    • christy 29 / 01 / 2014 Reply

      Oh yes, it will be better the next day!

  • Suzie 28 / 04 / 2014 Reply

    This is my absolute favorite dressing…. I use it on everything! I could drink it with a straw…

    • christy 29 / 04 / 2014 Reply

      Glad you like it Suzie! Thanks!

  • Kaia Schroeder 13 / 09 / 2017 Reply

    Christy, this is the best salad ever. I’ve made this numerous times and it is always a potluck, luncheon favorite.

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