Peach and Kale Salad with Maple Miso Vinaigrette

by Susan on July 24, 2013

Peach Kale Salad @www.Rawmazing.com Now that peaches are in season, it’s the perfect time for a raw kale and peach salad recipe. I love peaches. They are perfection. This salad brings together the wonderful sweetness of peaches with crunchy, nutritional kale and ties together with a tangy Maple Miso Vinaigrette and  pecans. It makes a delicious, satisfying lunch or dinner salad. 

In this recipe, I used Grade B maple syrup. Many people believe that “Grade B” has more nutrients in it than the other organic, pure maple syrups. Actually, the nutrients are the same in Grade A and Grade B. The difference, and one that I love, is the flavor. Grade B is much deeper and more complex. It has a stronger maple flavor. I would suggest that you give it a try. 

Why it is really just a myth that Grade B is better than Grade A? What is the real difference? 

Maple tree’s sap runs from late winter to spring. Maple syrup is graded by color and the earlier sap is a much lighter color (grade a) than the sap collected later in the spring (grade b). The darker sap creates a syrup that has a stronger, deeper flavor. But more nutrients? All pure maple syrup is made the same way.  It seems that some people thought that since Grade B was darker, it was less refined. But no pure maple syrup is “refined” so that simply isn’t true. They both contain many beneficial nutrients, including minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and iron. 

Pure maple syrup is not raw but is a natural sweetener that many raw recipes use. 

You can read more about the different grades of maple syrup here: Maple Syrup: Facts and Fiction.

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Jean-Luc July 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Tried it today for lunch … Fantastic. Susan, you have hit the mark dead center again. The combination of peach sweetness and kale texture hits the spot. Super nutritious too. Thanks!

Mary July 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I just got back from the farmers market with fresh Tilton county peaches when I saw my e-mail with this recipe. I happened to already have all the other ingredients in my fridge. OMG it was absolutely delicious. This kale peach salad is going to become a regular at my house. Thank you for this and all your wonderful recipes.

Prish July 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Looks gorgeously refreshing!

Brandy July 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

It’s nice to have recipes where the ingredients are already in-house. Thank you for this.

Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today July 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

It sounds very tasty. Hope to try it out soon.

Kathleen Bryce July 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm

should the nuts be soaked ? I thought all raw nuts should be soaked, then dehydrated , before use.
So should I have some that have been treated this way and store in a jar for quick use ? I’ve so much to learn.

Susan July 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I soak and dehydrate the nuts I use but it is completely up to you if you want to for this recipe. You can read more about it here: http://www.rawmazing.com/raw-food-soaking-nuts-and-seeds/

Patricia Robinett July 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Susan, you have done it again! THANK YOU! It’s delicious. There’s a peach tree in the yard that is begging to give us its trees and they are perfect in this dish. eeeeYUM!!!!!

Richard Gill July 29, 2013 at 12:45 am

Very Interesting website.

I’m into raw healthy food too and must say you have a cool & awesome website out there.

Lucy July 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

I LOVE this salad! I made it twice in the last 5 days. Our local peaches are gone, but our nectarines are in and they made a perfect substitution. I imagine using apples will be great with this in the fall. This is my new favorite salad. Thank you so much for your wonderful web site and blog. It has been so supportive in my journey going raw.

kimmythevegan August 1, 2013 at 11:01 am

Mmmm love the sound of this simple, yet delicious salad. I LOVE maple syrup. It’s so good!
And yay for peach season!

Laura Black August 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm

This salad was a winner! Excellent combination of textures and flavors. I took it to work and it looked so good the cooks were asking to taste it. Then they were asking for the recipe! Thanks so much for such a fresh and tasty salad.

Cindy September 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

Soy does not agree with me. Is there something I can substitute for the miso, or leave it out entirely?

Suzanne September 15, 2013 at 1:19 am

Looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it! I love all the ingredients in this salad…

Marelene December 20, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I just made this with pears and it was just as delicious as with the peaches in spring.

Jo March 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I have made this delicious salad several times. I can’t find a local store or Canadian website that sells the smooth miso paste so I use South River Chickpea Miso in this recipe. It’s a chunky miso so I have to make the dressing in my personal blender.

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