Kale and Cannellini Bean Salad

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I just love the combination of kale and beans, and find it extremely versatile, both for cold and warm dishes. They can be combined (along with other ingredients) in soups, stews, pasta dishes, salads – whatever your imagination suggests!

Today I’d like to share a recipe for this lovely salad that I mentioned the other day. I like to eat it for lunch every now and then:

kale and cannellini bean salad with oil-free ginger dressing

This salad is chock-full of superfoods: the combination of kale, avocado, ginger, and miso paste can make wonders for our bodies! Also, the dressing doesn’t involve any added oil, which is exactly what the big-time plant-based diet advocates suggest.

It’s also highly customizable: add or subtract just about any kind of vegetables you want, and you’ve got a new salad! The dressing adds a nice Asian twist to the flavor.

Yield: 1 salad as main dish, 2 as a side

Kale and Cannellini Bean Salad with Oil-Free Miso-Ginger Dressing

Kale and Cannellini Bean Salad with Oil-Free Miso-Ginger Dressing

This salad makes a very satisfying lunch thanks to the thickness of raw kale leaves and the fiber in beans. If you choose not to add beans, it can be served as a dinner side salad to accompany any dinner entree!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


For the salad:

  • 2 cups kale, washed and trimmed
  • 1/2 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 avocado, diced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 small tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced
  • Cilantro or parsley leaves, to taste

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 tsp fresh grater ginger
  • 1/2 Tbsp light miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup - or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp water (optional)


  1. Wash kale leaves, remove the thick central stem, tear the leaves with your hands, and place them in a salad bowl. You should have about 2 cups' worth of kale.
  2. Add all of the vegetables to the bowl with kale. Add the dressing, toss well, and enjoy!
  3. To make the dressing: In a separate small bowl, combine all of the dressing ingredients and whisk until well combined. You can add more/less of any ingredients to taste.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 233 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Carbohydrates: 43g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 12g Protein: 12g
Please note that the provided nutritional information data is approximate.

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About Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats

Alina first made a switch to a vegan diet in 2013 to optimize her athletic performance as a marathon runner. Being vegan eventually opened her eyes on the issues of animal welfare, environmental protection, human rights and feminism. Alina hopes that her blog will help its readers on their path to making this world a better place.

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