{recipe} Kale, Cabbage, & Clementine Salad with Miso Dressing

The other night, I got home from work around 5:15 and had dinner guests arriving at 5:30. I had this easy chicken dish planned, but very little in the way of side dishes. I knew I had some half bunches of produce here and there so thought I would quickly invent a salad on the fly based on what was laying around.

As luck would have it, it turned out to be a very, very good salad that I will be making many more times. When my guests asked for the recipe, I had to demur. I had not even written down the ingredients. So I promised to re-create it as soon as possible and pass along the recipe.

I am not a big fan of raw kale by itself or in big pieces, but shredding it and balancing it with cabbage makes a salad that’s pretty, good for you, and great tasting. I used clementines but if you can’t find them, you can use oranges. At home, I don’t normally supreme my citrus (by which I mean take off all the pithy white bits) but if you want to do that then I recommend this tutorial from Coconut and Lime. I think you could top this with grilled steak or chicken for a main course salad. Enjoy!

Recipe: Kale & Cabbage Salad with Miso Dressing 


  • 1 bunch kale (I used Tuscan, but any kind is fine)
  • 1 small head cabbage
  • 1-2 avocados, cubed
  • 4-5 seedless clementines, peeled and segmented
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 Tblsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 Tblsp white miso paste
  • 2 Tblsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tblsp honey
  • 2 tsp very hot water
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp smooth Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash and dry kale well. Grasp each kale leaf at the bottom of the stalk between your thumb and forefinger, and run your fingers up the stalk to separate the leaf from the stalk. Discard the stalks and stack the leaves. Fold the leaves lengthwise and  shred finely with a large knife. Place in a large salad bowl
  • Remove outer leaves and stalk of cabbage, then cut into quarters. Use a large knife to shred as finely as possible. Add to the bowl with the kale. Combine with your hands or salad tongs.
  • Top kale and cabbage with clementine segments, almonds, and avocado.
  • In a small bowl, whisk remaining ingredients together well, ensuring miso is well broken up and combined. Toss about half the dressing with the salad. Add more dressing if desired. Serve immediately.
  • Note: you can make the dressing up to 24 hours in advance if desired. Store in the fridge and whisk well before serving.

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4 Responses

  1. mjskit says:

    It’s hard to beat a good kale salad! I’ve never used miso paste in a salad dressing before and why not? What a great idea! I’m going to have to try it. Great salad!

  2. Allan James says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing such a fantastic recipe. Looks perfect delicious. I really like to appreciate. I have never made it before, as it seems like a large and daunting task, but I am going to go ahead and get some and try it out now! I am also so much impressed by your glorious images. It’s really awesome.
    Thanks again.

  1. January 15, 2012

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