Kale Pad Thai with Daikon Radish

All of the beloved flavors and textures of pad thai are preserved in this dish, but as a bonus it’s packed with greens and fresh herbs. Soft rice noodles are combined with crunchy fresh daikon strips for an interesting twist. Slideshow:  More Kale Recipes 

Kale Pad Thai with Daikon Radish
Photo: © Anya Kassoff
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins



  • 1 tablespoon almond butter

  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste or tamarind sour soup base (see Note)

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon tamari

Pad Thai

  • 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil

  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • One 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 stalk lemongrass, very finely chopped (optional)

  • 2 to 3 large kale leaves, chopped or torn into bite-sized pieces

  • Sea salt to taste

  • 6 ounces pad thai rice noodles

  • 1 small daikon radish

  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts

  • 1/2 cup toasted cashews

  • 1 cup basil leaves, torn

  • 1 cup cilantro leaves


Make the Dressing

  1. Combine almond butter with tamarind paste in a medium bowl and mix with a spoon until smooth. Add maple syrup and mix to incorporate. Then add lime juice and soy sauce, whisk until smooth and set aside.

Make the Pad Thai

  1. Warm coconut or olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger and lemongrass and sauté for 2 minutes.

  2. Add kale and salt and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes, stirring. Cover and set aside.

  3. Prepare pad thai noodles according to the package instructions.

  4. Peel and cut daikon radish into noodles with julienne, vegetable peeler, spiral slicer or by hand with a sharp knife.

  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine rice and daikon radish noodles, mung bean sprouts, sautéed kale mixture, cashews, herbs and the dressing. Toss gently to coat. Serve immediately with more lime, garnished with toasted cashews and herbs.


Tamarind paste or tamarind sour soup base is usually available at any Asian market and many health food stores.

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