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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.


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  1. 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.

  2. Marelene wrote on December 20, 2013

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

  3. Suzanne wrote on September 15, 2013

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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!


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