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Thai Peanut Kale Salad with Crispy Tofu

Peanutty Thai Kale Salad
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 167kcal


For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger or crushed in your garlic press
  • salt to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons water if needed

For the Crispy Tofu:

  • 14 oz tofu or 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Salad

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/4 red bell pepper julienned
  • 1/2 cup match-stick cut carrots
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 stems green onion finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts coursely chopped


  • Assemble your dressing first by combining all dressing ingredients in a food processor and blending until smooth.
  • At this point, if your dressing seems a bit thick, you may want to add a few teaspoons of water. If you hate drying off your freshly washed kale (like I do), you may consider leaving your dressing thick until it combines with the water droplets on your kale, which typically makes the perfect consistency for me.
  • Place dressing (or processor dish) in the fridge while you prepare the rest of your salad.
  • Chop your tofu unto 1 inch cubes.
  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet on medium to medium-high heat, then add tofu cubes to the skillet.
  • Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of salt over the tofu cubes.
  • Turn tofu periodically to make sure all sides are golden--cooking for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Remove tofu from heat and set aside.
  • Wash kale, then tear kale leaves off of the stems and into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place kale into a medium serving bowl and top with your chopped bell pepper, and carrots.
  • Next, drizzle your dressing over your prepared veggies and gently toss.
  • Top salad with crispy tofu, cilantro, green onion, and chopped peanuts.
  • Serve and enjoy!


I've found that bunches of kale vary greatly in size. If you're concerned that your dressing won't cover all of your kale, go ahead and double the dressing recipe. There's nothing worse than a dry salad, and you can always save extra dressing for later. This peanut dressing will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2230IU | Vitamin C: 16.4mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1.2mg