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Sesame Noodles with Kale

Sesame Noodles with Kale


1/2 pound spaghetti or soba noodles
1 tablespoon sesame oil

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili oil or red pepper flakes (or more to taste)

For the kale:

1 head of kale, leaves removed from stems
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup water

For the Garnish:
1-2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1-2 scallions, finely chopped


Boil the noodles until done. Drain (don’t rinse) and mix with the tablespoon of sesame oil.

In a bowl, mix together all ingredients for the sauce. You can adjust it to your tastes by adding more or less honey, soy sauce and chili oil. Pour the thick sauce over the noodles and mix well.

Over medium heat, warm the sesame oil and olive oil for the kale. Add the kale and saute for about five minutes, until the kale has wilted slightly and the texture is softer. Try a piece – it it’s too tough and chewy it needs more time in the pan. You can add more oil, or instead  add  1/4 cup or less of water and cover the pan, steaming the leaves for a few minutes.

Garnish the bowl of noodles with the kale. Sprinkle sesame seeds and scallions on top .


Recipe Time: 35-45 minutes
Approximate Servings: 3

  • For more flavor, saute or grill a chicken breast and add slices to the noodles. You can also add tofu.
  • Any variety of kale will work for this recipe
  • Tahini is sesame paste and is sold at most grocery stores. It keeps for a long time in the fridge and adds richness and flavor to this sauce.

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