Citrus Asian Chopped Salad

For my birthday, I received the cookbook Crazy Sexy Kitchen. More than just having amazing vegan recipes, author Kris Karr shares her incredible story of how a plant-based diet helped her overcome a terminal cancer diagnosis. It is also co-written with Whole Foods chef, Chad Sarno, so you know the recipes are fantastic. The recipe below was inspired by her Miso-Orange Dressing.

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Ingredients
serves 1-2 (with lots of dressing)

salad:
2-3 cups chopped kale
1-2 cups Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix, or sub in your favorite veggies
handful of sliced cucumbers
1/2 cup shelled edamame
crushed roasted seaweed snacks and sesame seeds, optional topping

dressing:
1/4 cup coconut aminos, or sub soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1-2 tbsp of PB2
1-2 tbsp of orange juice
touch of freshly grated ginger

Directions
1. Put all dressing ingredients together and blend until smooth
2. Pour some dressing over the kale and massage for a minute or so
3. Mix in the remaining salad ingredients
4. Top with additional dressing, crushed seaweed snacks, and sesame seeds

*Helpful Tips*
-Coconut aminos has a slightly different flavor, is gluten-free, and waaaay lower in sodium than soy sauce
-PB2 is powdered peanut butter, it has 85% less calories and fat since the oil is removed. It is 100% natural with no preservatives or additives, unlike other low cal PB substitutes. And as an added bonus it mixes is in perfectly with sauces and smoothies. If you do choose to use regular PB, make sure to melt it for 15 seconds or so in the microwave.
-I used Simply Orange Mango for the juice, but feel free to try pineapple or grapefruit!
– Freezing ginger makes it easier to grate and peel.
-Massaging the kale helps infuse the dressing and cut the bitterness. If you normally don’t like kale I suggest you try doing this before you throw in the towel!

Hope you enjoy! And definitely check out Crazy Sexy Kitchen, even if you’re not vegan it’s an awesome journey to read about and teaches you a lot about cooking terminology. Plus you can adapt her recipes to suit your needs! I plan to try her different sauces and marinades on fresh fish.

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