Photo: Marcus Nilsson

Serves 4


  • 1 Tbsp. white sesame seeds
  • 1 pound kale, preferably Tuscan, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 5 large Brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1½ Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, for garnish
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced, for garnish


Total time: 15 minutes

In a small skillet, toast sesame seeds over medium-high heat, shaking, until golden brown, about 1 minute. Transfer to a plate and set aside to let cool.

In a large bowl, toss kale with salt and 1 tsp. vegetable oil and rub into kale to soften. Add Brussels sprouts and toss well.

In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and remaining Tbsp. vegetable oil. Pour dressing over greens, add reserved sesame seeds, and toss well. Garnish with a pinch of red pepper flakes and scallion and serve.

Adapted from Vegetable Literacy (Ten Speed Press) by Deborah Madison available for preorder.

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