Chopped Thai Kale Salad

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Serving Size: 2-4


For the Thai Spiced Cashews:
1/2 cup raw cashews, chopped
1 tablespoon avocado oil (or olive oil)
1 teaspoon sugar (or maple syrup)
1 teaspoon tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
pinch of cayenne pepper

For the Dressing:
2 tablespoons almond butter or cashew butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon tamari
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of cayenne
1/3 cup olive oil

For the salad:
1 bunch kale, stems removed and sliced very thinly (I prefer Lacinato or Italian kale)
1 lime
1/2-1 cup green cabbage, chopped
2 carrots, peeled into ribbons
1 red Bellafina pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow Bellafina pepper, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup cilanto, chopped
1 cup edamame, defrosted if frozen


For the Cashews: Preheat the oven to 350F. On a small baking sheet, toss the cashews with all the ingredients. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring once while baking. Cool.

For the Dressing: Place all the ingredients except the olive oil in a small food processor or blender. Process until smooth. With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil. Season to taste with more salt/cayenne if needed.

To prepare the kale, place the chopped kale in a bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over the kale and add a sprinkle of salt. Massage the kale until it starts to darken and soften. Add the remaining salad ingredients and toss with the dressing. Enjoy!