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Super Simple Kale Salad

Simply dressed kale with olive oil and flaky sea salt, topped with orange segments and almonds

Simply dressed kale with olive oil and flaky sea salt, topped with orange segments and almonds

Super Simple Kale Salad
Author: Sweet Green Kitchen’s Jen Jones
1 bunch Kale – cut or torn into bite size pieces
A drizzle of Olive Oil – Use your most flavorful Extra Virgin / or even a nice lemon infused
A sprinkle of Flaked Sea Salt
This is the simplest salad you’ll ever make, just 3 ingredients and you’re done.  For the kale, I really like a nice curly or Red Russian variety of kale here.  Pull out the center rib and then just tear off the leaves into bite size pieces, it’s that easy.  Next, drizzle with your most flavorful olive oil, not too little and not too much, just a drizzle.  Now here’s the fun part and perhaps the most time consuming of this super simple recipe, massage the olive oil into the kale leaves until every leaf is glistening.  Top with a sprinkling of flaky sea salt and you’re done!Kale
Oranges and Flaky Sea Salt
Orange segments and slivered almondsNote:  For the most part, I am a big believer in adding acid to my salads, I tend to like most dressings with a higher ratio of acid to oil, but in this case the olive oil and salt speak for themselves, no acid needed.
I like topping this easy salad with some roasted squash or sweet potatoes and maybe some chick peas too if I’m in the mood for a great vegan main dish.  This would also be delicious topped with your favorite protein whether it be, grilled salmon, shrimp or chicken or my simple pan fried tofu or even a dollop of goat cheese or shaved pecorino, or as I’ve done here with my Maple Orange Tempeh, topped with a few clementines and almonds.  Enjoy! 


Super Simple Kale Salad with Maple Orange Tempeh

Super Simple Kale Salad with Maple Orange Tempeh

Maple Orange Tempeh

Maple Orange Tempeh over Kale Salad
 Hands down, this is my new favorite way to prepare and eat tempeh, and lime is now my new favorite citrus (I know, shocking, since lemon seems to star in so many of my other recipes!). maple orange tempeh marinade
Cubes of tempeh are marinated in a mix of orange juice, maple syrup, soy sauce and sriracha, with a little squeeze of lime for acidity.  tempeh in maple orange marinademarinating tempeh
After marinating, the tempeh is then cooked to a golden brown and then glazed in the sticky, sweet and slightly spicy marinade, making it both the marinade and sauce. cooking tempeh
caramelized tempeh cooking in marinade
Quick, easy, and delicious!  If tempeh is not your thing, don’t despair, I imagine the marinade/glaze would be equally delicious on your protein of choice; tofu, shrimp, chicken, etc. 
I serve this tempeh with a side of greens and black rice or aside spicy peanut noodles, or as I have it here as a topping for Super Simple Kale Salad with Orange & Almonds. Also delicious with my Kale Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing or Raw Root Asian Slaw. It’s delicious any way you choose!


Maple Orange Tempeh
Author: Sweet Green Kitchen’s Jen Jones
Adapted from “Salad Samurai” by Terry Hope Romero
1 pound Tempeh – 2 packages
¾ cup Orange Juice
3 Tablespoons lite Soy Sauce (Organic or non GMO)
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 ½ teaspoons Sriracha Sauce
Zest & Juice of ½ Lime
Plus Coconut Oil for cooking

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Kale Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing and Crispy Tempeh Croutons

Yum, Kale Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing and Crispy Tempeh Croutons

This is my current salad obsession and I’ve been making it weekly for the past couple of months. By now, everyone has heard of all the health benefits of kale and about what a superfood it is. It’s true it really is super and not just for the high amount of nutrition in each bite (super crazy amounts of vitamin k, tons of beta carotene & vitamin C, plus a good source of calcium and magnesium), it’s also highly versatile and my go to green for everything from salads, chips, sautés, soups and pesto. One of my favorite things about using kale in salads is how well it holds up to time, which makes it fantastic to make ahead, bring to a party or save leftovers. One of my least favorite things about so many kale salads you find out at shops and restaurants, is the “way too big to enjoy eating” leaves. So my biggest tip for making kale salads great at home, is to be sure to tear or cut your leaves into very small bite size pieces. Smaller bites of kale will be much more tender and a lot easier/more enjoyable to chew.kale salad with creamy cashew dressing

Now I don’t usually get kale salads when I’m out due to the aforementioned giant leaves issue, plus I cook so much at home I like to get dishes I don’t often make myself, but, I was having lunch with Colin’s sister Glynis at Sweet Grass Grill in Tarrytown and they had a kale salad that intrigued me. It had a creamy cashew truffle dressing and was served with crispy grilled salmon on top. I loved the idea of the creamy vegan dressing and I’m a sucker for tender salmon with a crisp exterior. The salmon did not disappoint and the dressing was fantastic, although I will say when I thought about it later I had no memory of the truffle in it. I went home and searched online for a recipe and found a big fat nothing. So instead, I decided to make up my own, starting with a base of cashew cream and adding to that some of my favorite salad dressing ingredients. I tend to like my salad dressings with a bit more acid and a hint of sweetness and since I don’t usually do creamy dressings this was a bit of a departure for me, but I have to say I love it and it has become a regular in our weekly meals. Cashews for Creamy Cashew DressingThe first many times I made this kale salad with creamy cashew dressing, I used orange juice for my sweet component, but the last time I sadly found myself with none on hand, so I substituted maple syrup, using about a third of the amount since it is sweeter and I can’t say which I like better as they’re both delicious.  chopped tempeh

Next on to the Tempeh croutons, I really wanted to make this entirely vegan (although if you’re not, adding a few shards of shaved Pecorino cheese over the top is fantastic) and also make it a complete meal in itself, so I needed a protein and wanted a bit of extra texture too. If you’ve never had tempeh before give it a try. It’s made from soy, but completely different from Tofu. It is fermented which makes it very easy to digest, plus an amazing probiotic. It’s also high in both protein and fiber, which is a rare combination. When marinated and roasted it develops great flavor and a nice crispy texture. I’ve tried a few different brands and really prefer Lightlife to all others.  Tempeh Croutons Marinading

This salad, complete with the tempeh is a perfect main course, but also makes a nice side salad with or without the tempeh, to a more substantial meal and any leftovers are great for lunch or an after school snack if you have a kale salad loving kid like I do. Chopped Rosemary for Creamy Cashew Dressing


Kale Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing

and Crispy Tempeh Croutons

Author: Sweet Green Kitchen’s Jen Jones



¼ cup Raw Cashews – soaked in water to cover for at least 2 hours

2 Tablespoons Water

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

3 Tablespoons Orange Juice Or 1 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup

½ Tablespoon Shoyu or Soy Sauce – I use low sodium

1 small clove Garlic

1 teaspoon chopped fresh Rosemary

Sriacha Sauce – a few drops or more to taste


Tempeh Croutons:

1 package Tempeh – diced into bite size pieces (I use Lightlife Soy or Flax)

1 small clove Garlic

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Shoyu or Soy Sauce

Red Pepper Flakes – a sprinkling



1 large bunch Curly Kale – cut or torn into small bite size pieces / ribs removed

Cranberries or Currants – about 2 Tablespoons

2 Tablespoons Sunflower Seeds

Flaked Sea Salt and Rosemary



Dressing: After soaking cashews, drain and rinse. In a high speed blender (I use my Magic Bullet), add cashews, water, olive oil, vinegar, orange juice or maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, rosemary and sriacha. Blend until completely smooth and creamy. This can be made hours ahead or even a day, refrigerate dressing if preparing in advance.

Tempeh Croutons: Combine the Tempeh and remaining crouton ingredients and allow to marinate, either a few minutes, a few hours or even overnight (refrigerate if marinating more than a few minutes). Pour into a baking pan and bake at 350 F for 15-25 minutes, turning once, until desired crispness. Remove from the oven and set aside until ready to serve.

Salad assembly: To a large bowl, pour a little of the dressing into the bottom of the bowl and then add in the kale in batches, pouring a little bit of dressing in layers. Top with the remaining dressing. Mix in the cranberries or currants and a bit of extra rosemary. Toss to completely coat all of the kale with the dressing. Then top with sunflower seeds and a little flaked sea salt to taste. Give it a final toss.

Top each serving of salad with some of the Tempeh croutons.

Optional add ins:

Shaved Pecorino Romano

Pickled shallots

Grilled Salmon

kale salad with creamy cashew dressing, tempeh croutons and shaved pecorino

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