Colorful Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing


This kale salad recipe was originally shared with us back in 2007 by Vesanto Melina, a registered dietitian and author of several great books, including Becoming Vegan, Cooking Vegan, and The Food Allergy Survival Guide. She said that it originated from a Vancouver spot called Radha Yoga and Eatery, which unfortunately is no longer around. Leah decided to give it a try, and as usual, she took some beautiful photographs!

Colorful Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing Recipe (Healthy, Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Leah thought this kale salad was phenomenal with no changes needed. In fact, she said, “I loved how colourful and vibrant it was. It was full of so much flavour and easy to whip up to have in the fridge for the rest of the week.”

Colorful Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing Recipe (Healthy, Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Special Diet Notes: Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Be sure to use wheat-free tamari, if you need strictly gluten-free.

For a soy-free kale salad, use a chickpea or barley miso and swap coconut aminos for the tamari.

Colorful Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing
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Serves: 4 to 6 servings
Kale Salad
  • 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly-sliced red cabbage (250 ml)
  • 1 to 2 carrots, grated or julienned
  • ½ cup daikon radish, julienned (125 ml)
  • ½ red pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro or parsley, chopped (59 ml)
  • ¼ cup mint, chopped (59 ml)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Dulse flakes (optional)
Orange Ginger Dressing
  • 1 cup orange juice (250 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons minced, fresh ginger (30 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame tahini (30 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons miso (30 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar (30 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos or wheat-free tamari (30 ml)
  • 4 dates, pitted, soaked
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil (optional) (10 ml)
  • Cayenne or black pepper, to taste
  1. Add the kale, cabbage, carrot, daikon, red pepper, and herbs to a large bowl, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and dulse flakes, if desired.
  2. Place the juice, ginger, tahini, miso, vinegar, aminos or tamari, dates, and sesame oil, if using, in your blender. Puree until smooth. Blend in pepper, to taste.
  3. Add your desired amount of salad dressing to the salad, and toss to combine.
  4. If possible, allow the dressed salad to sit for 20 minutes. Refrigerate leftovers.
Colorful Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing Recipe (Healthy, Vegan and Gluten-Free)

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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