Wildcard Winner

Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

By • June 5, 2013 • 11 Comments

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Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved. 

Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad 

WHO: dymnyno is a vintner and winery cook in California. 

WHAT: This salad has it all: sturdy greens that won't wilt, and a spicy peanut dressing that'll steal the show. 

HOW: Chop kale, mix dressing, and toss. 

WHY WE LOVE IT: Sure, we've seen kale salads in countless iterations, but this spicy, peanutty dressing lets us see the green through a different lens. Plus, the salad will hold up well in the fridge, making it a great dish for summer entertaining. 

Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing by dymnyno

Serves 2-4

Lacinato Kale and Fresh Mint Salad

1 bunch (large) lacinato kale, chopped very small, almost minced
1 cup fresh mint, minced
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Spicy Peanut Dressing

3 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons warm water
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon dried red chili flakes

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

Tags: wildcard, wildcard winner, summer, kale, salad, kale salad, appetizer

Comments (11)


19 days ago Tishahk

Sounds great - once minced, how many cups of kale should you have?


10 months ago Sadassa_Ulna

A friend made/brought this to our July Fourth celebration: delicious!


11 months ago Deborah Reid

I loved the flavours and textures in this salad.
The dressing was too acidic for my palate so I added 6 tablespoons of olive oil.
The yield for me was closer to servings for 4 to 6.


11 months ago rbnyc

Made this as part of dinner last night. Delicious. We had grilled mahi-mahi with some shiitake mushrooms and a quinoa/wild rice grain mix. The sauce was so good we spooned it over the fish too.


11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congratulations Mary! This looks so delicious!


11 months ago EmilyC

Congrats! I'll be making this soon!


11 months ago Kitchen Butterfly

Congratulations too!!


11 months ago Kitchen Butterfly

Sounds Delicious especially for mint lovers!


11 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yum! Congratulations, Mary!


11 months ago LucyLovesToCook

This looks so good, I could eat this right now, I can't get enough of peanut butter at the moment.


11 months ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Yay!!!! Congrats Mare on your Wildcard win today !!! This salad looks absolutely amazing and perfect for me. Love !!!!