What to CookLunchVegan CookingSaladsBack to SchoolWeeknight Cooking

Spicy Peanut Kale Salad

22 + Save

If you like it, save it!

Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place.

Got it!

If you like something…

Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Favorite the stuff you like.

Got it!

Vegan lunches can -- and should -- be a lot more interesting than bare salads or carrot sticks and hummus. New Veganism columnist Gena Hamshaw will be sharing inspiration for midday meals that stave off both hunger and boredom.

Today: When in doubt, you can always count on kale salad.

Vegan Curry on Food52

I’m fond of declaring that there is no such thing as too much kale salad. Yes, it’s all over restaurant menus, Instagram, food blogs, and Facebook. Yes, massaging kale has made the transition from “exotic approach to handling green leafy vegetables” to “how I begin lunch.” But that doesn’t make kale salad any less indispensable. Case in point: Last week, I was home with an almost-empty fridge and no clue what to make for myself midday. 

More: Get creative with your lunch -- here's how to make any kale salad, without a recipe.

The two vegetables I always have around are kale and sweet potatoes (the former because I can’t live without it, the latter because they’re hearty and they keep well). I decided to go with the flow and use up some of my excess peanut butter (another household staple) by whisking it together with tamari, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and sriracha. Boom: spicy peanut sauce.

I massaged that into my kale, topped it all with a roasted sweet potato, and gave it a sprinkle of peanuts from my cupboard. Fast, easy, flavorful, and absolute proof that kale salad saves the day. 

Photo by Gena Hamshaw

Tags: food52, food 52, food, vegan, weeknight cooking, lunch, quick, healthy, salad,

💬 View Comments ()

Comments (6)


over 1 year ago Araceli

Oh wow, I just tried making this and it is perfect! I've never eaten kale or sweet potato very often until recently, trying them in seperate recipes. I love the idea of massaging the kale, it really does improve the texture for me. I made a similar peanut sauce but added a bit of cayenne pepper and red curry powder instead of sriracha and tossed in some sesame seeds. I also added a touch of cayenne to the sweet potato before roasting it. Wonderful, thanks for the suggestions!


over 1 year ago nleigh

i would never have thought to add peanut sauce to kale salad but I am going to go whip up some right now. thanks for the creative inspirations. perfect meal, stuff I always have around


over 1 year ago elmarkster

Can specify some approximate amounts of dressing ingredients? I'd love to email this to a friend who doesn't cook much and she might be intimidated byt the free formy ness...I'll talk her through the main ingredients , but the dressing could be helpful...thanks.


over 1 year ago RENEE

i need to eats this. right now. someone make it for me?


over 1 year ago Rosie

That sounds and looks delicious, I'm going to try this out over the weekend.



over 1 year ago Serena Mariani

Well, that's if you can ever get hold of kale...good luck here in Singapore :( but this looks lovely and I will be making it for sure