Vegan Kale Salad

Vegan Kale Salad

If you have never tried kale salad, you really don’t know what you have been missing. This salad is very flavorful and delicious; an experience that you will never forget. I’m actually craving for kale salad, I just can’t seem to get enough. Kale leaves are finely cut, then marinated in an oriental dressing. The sweet and tangy blend with creamy avocado lends a satisfying appeal to the taste buds, having you coming back for more.

Kale is a dark green leafy vegetable, a member of the brassica family along with Brussel sprouts, cabbage, collards and broccoli. It is known to be one of the healthiest vegetables, an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Read this article for more on the health benefits of kale.

As I try to offer healthier alternatives to my readers, I’m also mindful that different people are at different stages in their knowledge. Therefore I’ll include information on different products that I use, but definitely I’m not the final answer. As we are all unique, so are our bodies, choose what makes you feel healthier and happier.

For those who are trying to use less sodium in there diet or are soy, wheat and gluten free. Coconut Aminos might just be the solution. It has less sodium than soy sauce and tamari, its soy free and has a great taste. You can substitute coconut aminos in your recipes such stir fries, sauces, marinades and salad dressings; just the same way you use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, tamari and soy sauce.
What is Coconut Aminos? It is made from the raw sap of the coconut tree with added sea salt, it is raw and contains 17 aminos and it looks like soy sauce and has a salty taste with a sweet aftertaste.It is excellent for those on a gluten free, soy free or low sodium diet. For those who do not like the taste of coconut, Coconut Aminos is your answer because it does not have a coconut flavor, but actually taste like soy sauce.


  • 1 bunch kale (remove thick stems)
  • 2 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos, Braggs liquid aminoes, or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 escallion finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 red cherry tomatoes
  • sesame seeds to garnish


Wash and dry kale leaves, finely cut leaves and place into a large bowl. Into a small bowl, combine the lime/ lemon juice, coconut aminos, maple syrup, sesame oil, escallion, garlic, sea salt, ginger. Add mixture into kale leaves and massage until wilted, add 1/2 of the avocado and massage for a creamy sauce. Then add the rest of the ingredients, garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

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Raw Kale Salad

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

Please Leave a Comment and a Rating

  1. Jessica
    February 24, 2019

    Simply the best kale salad ever!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 24, 2019

      I’m happy you loved it Jessica, I appreciate your feed back.

  2. Mysty
    August 5, 2013

    And where do you buy Coconut Aminos?

  3. Michelle Blackwood
    October 3, 2012

    Thank you Susan, I hope you enjoy.

  4. Susan
    October 1, 2012

    Oh my goodness! I can’t wait to try this! I LOVE kale in soups, but a raw kale salad has got to make you feel amazing after you eat it with all that nutrition!! Plus, it’s so pretty!

  5. Michelle Blackwood
    July 15, 2012

    That’s awesome Deb, I do understand, we are having the same weather pattern here in Virginia, and salads are very welcoming. The avocado mango salsa is also delicious! All the best to you and your husband.

  6. Minnesota Deb
    July 13, 2012

    I planted oak leaf kale in my garden several years ago, and it has been self-seeding ever since. My entire family has come to appreciate steamed kale, but in this stretch of 90-100 degree days, I have been loath to cook anything. My husband is also trying to stay dairy-free.
    This recipe is the perfect solution! Yum- I have made it 3 times now. I just made it for lunch today, and had to say thanks!

  7. NIcole
    May 9, 2012

    This is amazing!

  8. Michelle Blackwood
    April 8, 2012

    You are welcome, I’m happy that you and your husband loved it.

  9. Raw Vegan Girl
    March 28, 2012

    All I can say is YUMMY!!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I had all the ingredients to make it except the bell pepper. I turned out great and my husband loved it. :)

  10. Michelle Blackwood
    March 21, 2012

    Thank you Suz, I try to offer different healthier alternatives because so many people for varying reasons are on different diet plans and people have differing preferences. Ultimately the healthier diet one chooses to follow is a personal decision, and only the individual has the final right to follow what makes him/her feels better!

  11. Paleo Suz
    March 20, 2012

    Glad you suggest aminos! I follow a Paleo diet, so use this instead of soy.

  12. Administrator Account
    March 19, 2012

    Pam I also mentioned that you could use bragg’s liquid aminos or soy sauce or sea salt to taste to substitute for coconut aminos!

  13. Administrator Account
    March 19, 2012

    Thank you very much Keffie, I’m so happy that everyone enjoyed. I really appreciate your support.

  14. Keffie
    March 19, 2012

    I really enjoyed the kale salad, served it this weekend and my guest got seconds. They didn’t know kale could be so delicious!

  15. Administrator Account
    March 18, 2012

    Thank you Pam for your recommendation, I found coconut aminos in my local health food store and I also posted a link to the online store.
    Thanks Michelle

  16. Pam
    March 18, 2012

    Wish they would include nutritional information on this. Also, where do you find coconut aminos?

  17. Administrator Account
    March 18, 2012

    Thank you!

  18. Sweet Posy Dreams
    March 16, 2012

    This looks so healthy and colorful!