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Peach and Kale Salad with Maple Miso Vinaigrette

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.


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In this kale salad, 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.


Peach and Kale Salad with Maple Miso Vinaigrette



  • 1 large bunch kale
  • 2 peaches, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped


  1. Remove stems from kale and tear into bite-sized pieces. Place in large bowl.
  2. Prepare vinaigrette by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Pour vinaigrette over kale and give it a really good massage. The idea here is to massage the dressing into the leaves and break down the leaves a bit. This step is crucial.
  4. Toss with peaches and pecans.
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  1. Angela wrote on September 2, 2014

    I just made this and am in love! All of the flavours come together so nicely!
    I am so happy to have another kale salad recipe!! Thank you so much.

  2. Jo wrote on March 8, 2014

    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.

  3. Marelene wrote on December 20, 2013

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

  4. Suzanne wrote on September 15, 2013

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

  5. Cindy wrote on September 5, 2013

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

  6. Laura Black wrote on August 9, 2013

    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.

  7. kimmythevegan wrote on August 1, 2013

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

  8. Lucy wrote on July 29, 2013

    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.

  9. Richard Gill wrote on July 29, 2013

    Very Interesting website.

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

  10. Patricia Robinett wrote on July 28, 2013

    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!!!!!


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