Recipes > Asian Kale, Coconut & Cashew Salad

Asian Kale, Coconut & Cashew Salad


This fresh and aromatic salad is made with kale, cabbage, mint, cilantro, chives, toasted cashews and coconut flakes and finished with a simple Asian vinaigrette.
  • Serves: 2 to 4
  • Active Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Views: 27,493
  • Success Rating: 100% (?)
    0% - I fed it to the dog


Step 1: Making the Vinaigrette

Making the Vinaigrette
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp sweetener, such as honey or agave
  • cayenne, to taste (a good pinch or more)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp miso paste


To make the vinaigrette, whisk together all of the ingredients — starting with 1/8 of a cup of water. Alternatively, the dressing can be made in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add all of the ingredients to the jar and shake vigorously to combine.

Lately, taste for seasoning. If the dressing is a bit too strong in flavor and/or it is too thick, add a bit more water.

Step 2: Preparing the Mise en Place for the Salad

Preparing the Mise en Place for the Salad
  • 4 heaping cups chopped kale*
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp finely minced chives (or 2 green onions, finely minced)


Prepare the ingredients for the salad. *For the kale, wash, de-stem and dry. To prepare the kale, it can either be torn into bite-sized pieces, or it can be shredded. Shredding the kale (like chiffonade) makes for a more delicate salad.

Once done, add all of the ingredients to a large bowl.

Step 3: Finishing the Salad

Finishing the Salad
  • 3 tbsp roughly chopped, toasted cashews*
  • 3 tbsp toasted coconut, or to taste*


To finish the salad, add just enough of the vinaigrette to lightly coat the ingredients. Note that there will likely be leftover dressing.

Just before serving, add the chopped cashews and toasted coconut. Note that these Asian-Roasted Cashews are also delicious in this salad, rather than just the plain roasted cashews.

Lastly, taste for seasoning and serve.

Note:While this salad is delicious immediately after it has been made, it is also nice if left to marinate for about 15 minutes — this gives the vinaigrette time to infuse and slightly soften the ingredients. If dressing the salad ahead, do not add the cashews and coconut until just before serving.

Chef's Notes

For the toasted coconut, it can be used as is, or it can first be tossed with a bit of soy sauce and sriracha hot sauce before toasting.


  • Jason C
    Jason C
    Super side served with salmon and the kids loved it as well.
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Awesome, Jason! It's always good to hear that the kiddos loved it, too! All the best to you and your family!
  • Liz K
    Liz K
    This salad was incredible! What a balance of flavors in that dressing!!
  • Dawn T
    Dawn T
    So glad that you like the salad and the dressing Liz — it's what we love to hear :-)
  • Sarah P
    Sarah P
    This was delicious and came together very quickly! I have added it to the favourite recipes binder.

Leave A Comment

Please login or join the Rouxbe community to leave a comment.