Kale Salad w/ Coconut & Sesame Oil

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

While everyone was reheating their leftover Thanksgiving dinner Friday night, I rushed out to the grocery store (which was nice & empty BTW) to fill up my cart up with vegetables to juice and kale to inhale. It seems that last week I ate like my life depended on it; it’s the holidays!

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

Saturday morning I woke up and juiced, went for a walk, cleaned house, worked in the kitchen, decorated our house for Christmas, drank water like a fish, juiced again and made this amazing kale salad for dinner.

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

One of the reasons I picked this recipe from the Super Natural Every Day Cookbook was that it looked extremely healthy, yet filling. I also thought it would help get my taste buds in check since they were accepting nothing but pumpkin pie and my mom’s stuffing for 24 hours straight. I found myself scarfing down the salad, but it wasn’t because I was super hungry. The toasted coconut and the crispy kale coated in olive oil, sesame oil and shoyu created a buttery/salty/ crunchy effect that I like to call instant crack! It’s a delightful thing when “health food” becomes addictive, isn’t it?

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering! Make the dressing. Three things in a jar. Put the lid on. Shake!

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

Remove the kale ribs and tear up the leaves. Add them to a bowl with the coconut flakes.

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

Pour over most of the dressing. TOSS!

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

Spread the kale/coconut mixture out onto two trays. Roast!

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

It’s like the kale & coconut just got back from Hawaii! Did they bring us back a shell necklace & macadamia nuts?

No. They just came home with tans. dang.

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

Put the freshly Hawaiian vacationed kale/coconut into a bowl. Toss with remaining dressing.

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

Load a bowl/plate with brown rice (farro, millet, or quinoa are good subs too).

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

Top with a mound of the kale/coconut mixture.

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

And watch….

kale salad w/coconut & sesame oil

how it suddenly DISAPPEARS!


Kale Salad with Toasted Coconut & Sesame Oil


makes 4 servings

(recipe slightly adapted from Super Natural Every Day Cookbook, by Heidi Swanson)

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons shoyu, tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded lacinato kale (ribs removed)
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened large flake coconut
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the oils with the shoyu.  In a large bowl, toss the kale and coconut with about two-thirds of the dressing.

Spread the kale evenly across two baking sheets and bake until the coconut is nice and golden and the kale is wilted, tossing once or twice along the way about 12-18 minutes.

Remove from oven and transfer the kale mixture to a medium bowl. Take a taste of the mixture and if it needs more dressing add some and toss. Place the brown rice on a serving platter and top with the tossed kale. Serve warm.

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  • November 27, 2011

    This is perrrfect for the holiday season. I don’t really feel like eating cold salads but I definitely need to find another food group besides pumpkin pie and candy cane joe joes.

    • November 28, 2011

      you mean they aren’t a food group?!! doh.

  • November 27, 2011

    Oh wow, this does look good – and that’s coming from someone who was refusing to believe that Thanksgiving was over and used her leftover turkey and veggies to make a pot pie tonight. Although now I am kind of wishing I had bought some kale at Jewel this afternoon so I could make this. Good thing I have to run back there tomorrow to buy butter to start my Christmas cookie baking…cough…

    Yeah. Kale salad. Should probably happen.

    • November 28, 2011

      Christmas baking….I forgot about that! I can hear my thighs screaming.

  • November 27, 2011

    Oh man, this was the first recipe that I made from Heidi’s cookbook. It’s SO freaking good. I need to make this again.

    • November 28, 2011

      I made her cucumber coolers first!! Why didn’t I make this first?!

  • Jen Merschel
    November 27, 2011

    Too funny. I just bought the ingredients to make this today myself – for many of the same reasons you listed. We will be decorating the Christmas tree and eating this tomorrow for dinner.

    • November 28, 2011

      love the sound of that!

  • November 27, 2011

    i’m always looking for other ways to make kale, and this sounds like something that could completely rock my world. gathering ingredients tomorrow!!

  • November 27, 2011

    Magical.

  • November 28, 2011

    Hmm. I’ve always been afraid of kale. Never tasted it, but in my imagination is tastes a lot like seaweed. I know – unfair. But I do LOVE coconut. It’s tempting me to try this recipe. Thanks for the healthy idea! Just what we need. My stomach it bloated from way too many carbs over the last few days!!

    • November 28, 2011

      not like seaweed….BETTER. I’m mayor of bloatville right now!

  • Rebecka
    November 28, 2011

    Oh my… I don’t think there are enough big words of gratitude and euphoria in my vocabulary to describe how happy I am that Heidi put this in her book. It’s beyond words, it’s too good, it’s THE perfect food (well, at least for me). Each and every one of my favourite ingredients combined in one dish makes nothing short of sparkling, fantastic explosions of pleasure in my mouth. Foodgasm indeed… :) My love for this food is comparable only to what (a lot of straight) 14-year-old girls feel for Twilight. I would sleep in a tent waiting for tickets to this food.

    Ok, enough freaky love from me, my point has come across I believe…

    • November 28, 2011

      I think we just became friends.

  • November 28, 2011

    Awww man. This sounds so freaking yummy!

  • November 28, 2011

    get outta town! this i my FAVORITE recipe in heidi’s cookbook. so, so good. i live for it.

    • November 28, 2011

      I want to LIVE off of it!

  • jenny
    November 28, 2011

    “It’s like the kale & coconut just got back from Hawaii! Did they bring us back a shell necklace & macadamia nuts?”

    haha! love it! this looks delish. oh, and p.s. I have those napkins from anthro and used them on my thanksgiving table!! I love the little fabric pompoms on each corner. :)

    • November 28, 2011

      anthro FOREVER!!!!!!!

  • November 28, 2011

    Yummy. I have a big bag of kale in my fridge that needs eating and this looks like the best way to do it. Your coconut flakes are gorgeous!

  • November 28, 2011

    I made it too, very recently because it is just now that kale is in season. I loved it. I made it with cooked farro instead of rice but I have to try it again with other grains and other kind of winter greens. This is surely one of my favorite recipes from the book, which it’s a masterpiece itself!

    • November 28, 2011

      Now I want to try it with farro!

  • November 28, 2011

    This looks SO good to me right now — I’ve been eating Salted Caramel Chocolate Trifle all weekend and, okay, I’m not about to COMPLAIN, but… my body needs a break, too. And this combo of flavors looks amazing.

    • November 28, 2011

      oh dang. That sounds heavenly. If you have any left….eat huge scoop for me?

  • November 28, 2011

    I don’t even feel like I overindulged that much this weekend and yet this is all I want to eat. I love that book but sometimes I feel like I need a nudge from a trusted source toward the really good recipes. Thanks Tracy!

    • November 28, 2011

      You would TOTALLY love this, my friend!! I know it.

  • November 28, 2011

    Drat. Now I need to make this.

    I’d been obsessing over this recipe for kale from Kim Seversen (http://kimseverson.com/index.php/site/recipe/kale_and_ricotta_salata_salad/) but now I MUST try this one tonight.

    And yes, I totally went out and bought kale after all the food I ate Thanksgiving.

  • Rebecka
    November 28, 2011

    Hi. Again.
    Posting that obsessing love-comment earlier today made me want this for dinner. Badly. So, em, I just made it. And i ate all of the kale. All. of. the. kale. 4 servings worth of crispy, chewy, salty, cocnutty kale went straight from the baking sheet and into my mouth. I figured, since we don’t do Thanksgiving where I come from I’m allowed a bit of om nom nom nom.. nom nom nom…

    • November 28, 2011

      OMG YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ate some. Then served it to my husband and while I was walking over to him I grabbed more from his plate! It’s soo bad it’s GOOD!

  • November 28, 2011

    this sounds amazing!!! the dressing sounds out of this world… thanks tracy!

  • November 28, 2011

    We had kale salads on Friday, too. Your kale caesar salad. It was SO good! Thanks for the recipe – it was just the breath of fresh air our palates needed.

    • November 28, 2011

      AWESOME sauce! That’s great.

  • Yumm looks delish! Can’t wait to try it…I definitely need something healthy after all my Thanksgiving eating (FOUR WHOLE DAYS of stuffing myself!!! new record :-))

    • November 28, 2011

      You should get a prize for that! For real! But not a food prize. I think you deserve new lip gloss.

  • Darcee
    November 28, 2011

    Ingredients added to shopping list, this will be in my belly tomorrow.

    • November 28, 2011

      You’re belly will be happy tomorrow.

  • November 28, 2011

    I’ve drooled over that recipe every time I flip through Heidi’s book. With your endorsement, I think it’s time to make it!

  • November 28, 2011

    Yo Tracy, our lives totally do depend on inhaling food, holidays or not! As a Hawaii resident, I can totally appreciate that joke and I also feel really special that you called it “shoyu” and not soy sauce. I am def going to make this, thanks for sharing!

  • November 28, 2011

    I seriously always get excited when I see you have a new post up! I love reading your blog :) AND you motivate me to juice!

  • November 29, 2011

    Just when I think the love affair between kale and I could not be more devoted. This sounds oh so good. Why don’t I have this cookbook??

  • November 29, 2011

    Hot damn! I’m definitely going to have to try this.

  • marci
    November 29, 2011

    awesome pics, Tracy! I feel like I could reach out and grab a piece of golden coconut and juicy kale. :-D can’t wait to make this – I’m on a bit of a kale kick right now.

  • Cali
    December 1, 2011

    This is delicious!! Even my boyfriend “who doesn’t like kale” thought it was yummy. That’s a small miracle. You’re the best!

  • December 4, 2011

    whenever i’m having a dinner slump, i turn to your site. and you never ever disappoint! thanks for being so inspiring and for always using accessible ingredients! this was delicious!

  • Michelle
    December 7, 2011

    Ok, I have drooled over this recipe since you posted it. I have everything but the coconut. Is this fresh? From a bag? Where did you get the coconut???

    • December 7, 2011

      oh! The bulk section of my grocery store has shredded coconut. It’s dried :) Hope that helps!

  • January 23, 2012

    Can’t wait to try this!

    : ))
    Jen

  • Ebony
    January 24, 2012

    Delish!! I threw in shiitake mushrooms and ginger. Delightful! Keep ‘em coming. Thx!!

  • Kara West
    June 12, 2012

    I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for-ever! Finally made it last night and so glad I did. Sure it required some extra flossing time, but like a good pesto, it was worth it!!! Instead of sharing I took my leftovers to work with me for lunch, I was completely floored that the crispy kale and brown rice held up as a delish lunch! This will be in regular rotation for sure. Thank you!

    • Tracy
      June 12, 2012

      Insanity, right?!

  • June 14, 2012

    I made this several nights ago and everyone loved it!

    • Tracy
      June 15, 2012

      YAAAAY!

  • January 14, 2013

    I made this last night using brussel sprouts instead of kale (since they were about to go bad)- IT WAS SO GOOD!

    I can’t wait to try it with kale next. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  • March 2, 2013

    I just happen to have all the ingredients for this recipe so guess what’s for dinner tonight?? I can’t wait to try it.
    I haven’t written on my own food blog for almost a year but you’ve inspired me to try again, with changes. I’m going from Nutritarian to some sort of healthy compromise. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Sandra
    April 30, 2013

    Hmmmm…do you think I could use curly kale to make this? It’s all stupid Safeway had today, and I wont have time to run to Whole Foods before dinner. I’m debating – I made this before when you first posted it with lacinato and it came out really really really amazingly. So I’m afraid to taint it with curly kale!

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