Kale Salad

Kale salad can be very versatile and so easy to throw together. Kale is one of those leafy greens that most people don’t like at first but then it grows on you. And I’m going to give you a tip that will make it much more palatable. Even my pickiest eater ate my kale salad last night and even went back for seconds.

Kale Salad

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli and cauliflower. I typically choose curly kale which is probably the most popular variety. It is easy to find and relatively budget-friendly organic kale ready-to-use in large bags at the grocery store. There are many types of kale so pick what looks good to you and figure out what you like best.

Selecting Kale

Kale is also one of the most nutritious leafy greens. It is loaded with Vitamins K, A, C and manganese. It is also a good source of calcium, the mineral copper, B6 and potassium and is chocked full of phytonutrient antioxidants. Not much of anything bad I can say about kale!

I prefer to remove the stems from kale especially when I am using it fresh and not cooked. I typically like my vegetables crispy but kale stems are too thick to be enjoyable to me. Know that the stems have quite a bit more fiber than the leaves so if you’re looking for fiber, leave the stems in your salad.

Important Trick

The trick I’m going to share with you, I learned from my friend Lisa. She texted me one day and asked if I knew that I needed to massage my kale leaves before serving. I’m pretty sure I laughed when I read her text but you know what? She was right! If you massage the leaves with the dressing, it softens them and takes the bitterness out of your kale. I will never eat kale without massaging my leaves! And I bet you won’t either.

Preparation

I am leaving this salad up to your own interpretation. Depending on what I am serving it with, I select my vinegar and the additions I make to it. Most often, I make my selections and lean toward more of a sweet flavor but sometimes make it savory. I love adding fresh berries and the crunch of sliced almonds or toasted pecans. Play with it and see what your family likes best!

Vinegar & Oil For Kale Salad
For last night’s dinner, I used Bragg Organic Olive Oil and Sicilian Lemon Vinegar that I bought while on a girls’ weekend at the beach last spring.

Print Recipe
Kale Salad
Make Your Own Kale Salad. Pick your vinegar based on whether you're going for a sweet or savory flavor. Feel free to add a packet of Stevia if you want added sweetness.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
Recipe Notes

1. Place kale in a large salad bowl.
2. Mix your dressing and drizzle over the kale. Use your hands to massage the dressing into the kale leaves. Lightly fluffing them as you go.
3. Add the rest of your fresh salad ingredients and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate for about an hour to allow flavors to meld. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Some of My Favorite Pantry Items - Affiliate Link Disclaimer – if you order from these links, I will make a small percentage of your sale…won’t cost you a dime but you’ll be assured you ordering what I use in my very own kitchen. Enjoy!

Products from Amazon.com

2 thoughts on “Kale Salad”

  1. Yum, sounds great. And, yes, I did laugh about massaging my kale leaves, but I will try it, too!!! Also, fyi, people on blood thinners need to be careful with kale or any other dark leafy green variety. They can have it, but not too often, as it can interfere with the effectiveness of the blood thinners.

    1. Patti, thanks for bringing up the fact about blood thinners. So true! And also while we’re talking about it, kale and other cruciferous vegetables are also concentrated sources of goitrogens and oxalates for those who need to be concerned about specific thyroid and kidney conditions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *