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Asian Chopped Kale Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing

December 31, 2014

Sometimes I forget that my body is not invincible. That eventually all of the holiday sweets and cocktails will catch up with me. It’s a lesson that can’t seem to stick for me.

Asian Chopped Kale Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing for a healthy salad recipe to kickstart your New Year!These past few days I have been on a one-way road down struggle street. I’m all about easing up during the holidays and allowing yourself to indulge but man is that not sustainable. I still personally struggle with finding that line between eating flexibly and making health a priority. But days like the past few are an important reminder why I really cannot allow myself to eat leftover pizza for breakfast and eat an entire meal’s worth of dessert.

I admit to harping on people who save their detoxing for the new year but today I kind of appreciate it. For as anti-detoxing as I might be (go balance!) I kind of need one right now.

I don’t discuss it too much on here, but one of my main reasons for transitioning to a real food diet (+ wine) is because of chronic stomach issues I used to deal with. When I was younger I would miss a weeks worth of school because my stomach hurt so badly and in university I was constantly self-conscious because my tummy often had a game-plan inconsistent with my personal plans.

Asian Chopped Kale Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing for a healthy salad recipe to kickstart your New Year!A lot of this had to do with my misconception that health was low-calorie so while I thought I was making healthy choices for my body, I was in fact pumping it full of chemicals and artificial ingredients.

It was life-changing discovering that I could cure my stomach problems by eating REAL food made from real ingredients. And I truly thought my tummy troubles were a thing of the past.

But the reality is that even cookies that are gluten-free and refined sugar-free are still cookies and anything in extreme quantities is sure to make you feel sick.

Asian Chopped Kale Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing for a healthy salad recipe to kickstart your New Year!Food and I have been at war for the past few days. I have had zero appetite and what little I can stomach just doesn’t sit well. Note: food blogging and nausea do not go hand-in-hand! It’s been an important reminder to why I got started down this healthy living path in the first place.

So I’ve been getting back to the basics, focusing on getting more veggies in and healing the damage I’ve done over the past few weeks. I’ve been incorporating more juices and green smoothies, yoga and barre and healthier recipes like this Asian Chopped Kale Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing.

I guess I’m jumping on the New Years reset bandwagon, and you know what? I’m okay with it.


Asian Chopped Kale Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 side salads or 2 main salads 1x


For the Salad:

  • 1 head of kale, destemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  • juice, half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup cooked and shelled edamame
  • 1 cup chopped carrot (about 1 large)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 mandarin oranges, peeled and chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 T sesame seeds

For the Miso Sesame Dressing:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 2 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T miso paste
  • 1 tsp honey or agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger, peeled and minced


  1. Blend all dressing ingredients together in a blender or food processor and set aside. You can also mix by hand by placing in a jar and shaking vigorously. Set aside.
  2. Place chopped kale in a large bowl and top with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. Massage liquid into kale for approximately 5 minutes or until kale is wilted and all liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Place massaged kale on cutting board and give it a good chop. Place back into bowl.
  4. Add in edamame, carrot, almonds, oranges and onion.
  5. Mix with dressing and then top with sesame seeds.

Asian Chopped Kale Salad with Miso Sesame Dressing for a healthy salad recipe to kickstart your New Year!Are you craving a detox? Do you have a temperamental stomach too?


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    Tina muir
    December 31, 2014 at 6:52 am

    mmmmmmm this is exactly the kinda meal I could do with right now, something healthy to kick start my nutrition, but with a real dressing on there to give it some good flavors! Thanks for a great year Davida. Cant wait to see what you bring in 2015!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    December 31, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I totally feel ya about the need to detox, and kind of understanding why people wait until the new year. BUT, this salad! I LOVELOVELOVE how bright and colorful it is – definitely a good way to kick off getting back on DA TRACK! Happy New Years girl! Pinned 😀

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    December 31, 2014 at 8:11 am

    This salad looks like a perfect detox meal. To be honest, I’m not a huge sweets person, so I haven’t really had much in that department over the holidays. The pizza, on the other hand….
    Have a great new year’s eve!

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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    December 31, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I think sometimes “detox” is necessary although I’m not a fan of the typical kind, our bodies do need a little reset after overdoing sugar and alcohol! I also struggled with lifelong IBS symptoms that seemingly had a life of their own, until I started eating paleo and the problems have nearly completely disappeared. This salad looks like a good start to the new year 🙂

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    Les | Balanced Berry
    December 31, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I hope your stomach troubles start to feel better 🙁 I have felt the same way about being anti-new year “detoxes” but hey, if it gets people eating more veggies for even a few days that’s not necessarily bad!

    This salad sounds wonderful. The hearty kale pairs beautifully with the other ingredients…and I love me a good miso dressing!

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    December 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Ooooh that dressing!! Gonna need that for all my salads in January. 😉

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    December 31, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I am so needing a good dose of fruits and veggies too. Christmas was delicious, but full of so many sweets! I’m really looking forward to getting back to lots of whole foods once New Years celebrations are out of the way. Tomorrow is actually probably a write off too – but on Friday I promise myself I will eat my veggies!

    Love the look of this salad! I’m posting a kale salad on Friday too – great minds think alike. Or rather, food bloggers think alike. There are probably a million kale salad recipes being posted this week haha. 😉

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    Heather Mason
    December 31, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Yummy! I have stomach problems too. Eating well helps, but it’s so frustrating when you’re eating your best and you still have pain.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      admittedly I haven’t been the best but I’m trying to remember that those indulgences should remain just that, indulgences 🙂

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    December 31, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Sorry to hear about your tummy troubles. It must be so frustrating to be back in the same arena you were in college! It’ll pass, though, once all the Christmas eating frenzy is over I hope! This salad looks AMAZING and I would like an enormous bowl of it right now. And girl, your photography! Wow- so gorgeous!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 2, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Aw thank you, hun! You’re too sweet! Happy New Year, lovely 🙂

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    December 31, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Can we discuss the mcflurry and how much pride I had to see you with it?

    I think in the right mindset, nothing wrong with a detox. Heck, I could do with one now after last night…toast and butter will do.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 2, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      hahahaha blame sabs who instigated the plans but there was no way I was walking out of there without one!

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    January 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Girl, I totally feel you about the stomach issues. I have not been eating properly since I got home. I started detoxing right after Boxing Day cuz I couldn’t stand it anymore. So this salad is right up my alley right now 😀

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    January 3, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I think New Years detoxes/resets or whatever you want to call them are so popular simply because we all need a little recovery time after a solid month (or 2) of indulging. No need to feel bad about taking part. What matters is that you feel good 🙂

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    January 3, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Admittedly I start this post with a raised eyebrow. I thought “Say it ain’t so, not Davida.” I finished it understanding though and even listening, yes a rare thing for me. Eating a whole food diet has had huge health ramifications for the Hubby and I, especially him, so I get it. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

    The salad looks delicious by the way.

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    January 4, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I love salads like this.. you definitely can consider I will be making the recipe for myself. I just LOVE that miso sesame dressing especially!

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    January 5, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Well, I know what I’ll be eating Thursday when I can have solid food again haha.

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    Evi @ greenevi
    January 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I love kale salads, this miso dressing sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing

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    Diane Stulak
    January 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I just found your website its the first time viewing and I can totally relate to your stomach issues. I am new to paleo eating and my Dr. suggestion doing Whole30 due to health issues. I did it before Thanksgiving for 45 days and honestly it was very hard for me but I did it. I learned a lot about myself, I’m addicted to sugar. I’ve always since I was little preferred sweet over anything else. I had horrible stomach problems in high school and most of my life. I’m almost 60 and still have IBS and food allergies and no one has ever suggested eating differently until recently. I discovered I could actually have a normal stomach, something I don’t remember ever having. The food I thought were my offenders were actually good for me and the real offenders like potatoes, bread, grains, sweets were what I thought “calmed” my stomach. I’m afraid I started Christmas baking, a family tradition for years and I fell off the wagon big time. I ate way too many cookies and gained back the 10 lbs I lost and felt horrible. Stomach problems back, skin allergies raging, boy did I really mess up. But just reading your blog has encouraged me to try again and now that I’m finding recipes (especially sweet ones) that will help me when I want to eat something bad I believe I can do this. Thank you for being devoted to writing this even when you aren’t feeling good. It helps people like me that need a site to find good delicious recipes that are good for you. You let you know how it goes.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      You are too sweet Diane! Thank you for your support and wonderful comment. I had a very similar experience with stomach issues. The foods that I thought were helping me were actually making it worse. In many cases it was because the food which I was eating was so far from real food that of course my stomach had an internal upheaval! It’s nice to indulge every now and then (it makes it much more special!) but most of the time I enjoy eating healthy. More than anything I enjoy sharing these recipes with those who feel the same way. Keep at it Diane! It’s worth it 🙂 xx

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