Chock-full of superfoods like avocado, kale, sunflower seeds, and ginger, this salad is worth adding to your mealtime repertoire and takes no time to throw together. I like to make extra dressing and use it as a healthy dip for crudités or as a spread on sandwiches. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week.


  • Dressing

  • 1 carrot, coarsely chopped

  • 3/4-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon doenjang (Korean soybean paste)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mirin

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • Kosher salt or sea salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Salad

  • 6 ounces/170 grams kale, stemmed and coarsely chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 small carrot, shaved into ribbons with a peeler or mandoline

  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes, and drained well

  • 1/4 cup/175 grams hulled toasted sunflower seeds

  • 1 firm but ripe avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled

  • 1/2 lime (optional)


  • For the dressing:

  • 1.

    In a blender, combine all the dressing ingredients with salt and pepper to taste and process until smooth. Pour the dressing into a small bowl and set aside.

  • For the salad :

  • 1.

    In a large bowl of cold water, massage the kale vigorously for about 3 minutes to break down the chewy fibers. Drain, dry well, and transfer to a large bowl.

  • 2.

    Add the bell pepper, carrot, onion, and sunflower seeds and toss together. Drizzle 1/4 cup/60ml of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat, adding more to taste.

  • 3.

    Divide the salad among four to six plates. Cut the avocado into thin wedges and squeeze some lime juice over top, if desired.

  • 4.

    Arrange the avocado on the salads and serve immediately.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 471kj
  • Fat Total 39g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Protein 13g
  • Carbohydrate 24g
  • Sugar 5g
  • Sodium 552mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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