Wilted Kale Salad with Creamy Chipolte Dressing

Wilted-Kale-and-Creamy-Chipolte-DressingJust when I thought I had eaten every version of kale known to man, I find this raw vegan Wilted Kale Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing from Russell James, The Raw Chef.

I’ve seen “wilted” or “massaged” kale in recipes before, but have never thought twice about it.

All I can say is “wow”!

I practically eat a kale salad every day but this was such a pleasant change.

The kale was softer and I guess you would say “wilted”.

If you look at the pictures of the kale below, you can see how much the kale “shrunk” or “wilted” in the second photo compared to the first.

I thought that was really neat!

And because the Creamy Chipotle Dressing is avocado based, it was much thicker and creamier than the usual cashew dressings I make.

I usually sprinkle hemp seeds on top of my salad, but never really mix them into the salad so I liked that part too.

It only took a couple of minutes to make by putting the dressing ingredients in a Vitamix and “massaging” the kale. I really, really like this salad!




5 Fast Facts About Kale:

  • high in iron
  • excellent for detoxification
  • powerful anti-oxidants
  • high in calcium
  • contains anti-inflammatory benefits

5 Fast Facts About Avocados:

  • excellent source of vitamin E
  • contains 25 essential nutrients
  • contains 2 – 3 times the potassium as one banana
  • has anti-inflammatory benefits
  • can help lower cholesterol levels

5 Fast Facts About Tomatoes:

  • contains lycopenes (cancer fighting agents)
  • high in beta-carotene
  • excellent anti-oxidant
  • high in vitamin A and K
  • high in chromium which helps to keep blood sugar in control

5 Fast Facts About Hemp Seeds:

  • healthy inflammatory 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats
  • contains 10 essential amino acids
  • 11 g of raw vegan protein
  • helps to reduce blood cholesterol
  • natural appetite suppressant

5 Fast Facts About Olive Oil:

  • helps to lower blood cholesterol levels
  • rich in antioxidants
  • improves bone mineralization and calcification
  • excellent protection from heart attack and stroke
  • contains anti-inflammatory benefits

5 Fast Facts About Lemons:

  • extremely alkaline
  • blood purifier
  • excellent for detoxification
  • balances blood sugar levels
  • contains powerful anti-bacterial properties

5 Fast Facts About Pink Himalayan Salt:

  • contains 84 minerals
  • unrefined, unprocessed, raw
  • promotes stable pH balance in cells
  • controls water levels in the body
  • aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption

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Tip #1:  I made a few minor adjustments from the original recipe – I didn’t have chipolte peppers so I used the following:  1/2 tsp organic chipolte powder, 1 garlic clove, 1 tbs organic onion, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt.  And, I didn’t have baby tomatoes so I used (1) diced roma tomato.

Tip #2:  This recipe makes enough for 2 servings.

Tip #3:  If you are a fan of Russell’s raw, vegan recipes like I am, you can order his complete ebook series called:  The Raw Chef’s Recipe Series – The Complete Series  and it includes “Christmas”, “Thai”, “No Dehydrator Needed”, “Mexican”, “Chocolate” and “Cheese” and all the recipes are raw and vegan. I have all six of his ebooks and there are so many good recipes to choose from!


Wilted Kale Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo-Friendly)

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For the salad

  • 2 cups organic kale (de-stemmed)
  • 1 cup organic tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 cup organic hemp seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt

For the dressing

  • 2 organic avocados
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons organic lemon (freshly squeezed)
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon organic chipotle powder


Step 1 De-stem the kale and break into bite-sized pieces.

Put the kale pieces into a medium sized bowl with the pink himalayan salt and "massage" the kale for a few minutes until it becomes soft and wilted.

Add the tomatoes and hemp seeds to the wilted kale.

Put all the ingredients for the dressing into a Vitamix and blend until well combined and creamy.

Add the dressing to the salad mixture and mix together until all pieces of the kale are covered with the dressing.

Sprinkle with additional hemp seeds on top of the salad, if desired.



Recipe source:  http://www.therawchef.com/wilted-kale-salad-with-a-creamy-chipotle-dressing/


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  1. says

    great recipe! I like the tips about the ingredients. i’m looking for ways to eat more greens, so i’ll have to try this.

    • Karielyn says

      Hi Dina! Thanks so much! And yes, not only is this a new way (at least for me!) to eat greens, you also have a healthy, nutritious dressing to go with it.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy it if you try it out 😉

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