My Favorite Kale Salad Recipe

Kale Salad Recipe

Kale salads have become my favorite light summertime meal to eat. I make one at least once a week for dinner then save the rest in a tupperware and eat it for lunch over the next few days. Every time I post a photo of it on Instagram, I get recipe requests. My favorite way to eat it is so simple I thought it maybe wasn’t worth it, but it has evolved since I first started making it when I just added tomatoes and onions, so a few nights ago when I made it for dinner, I photographed the process.

Kale Salad Recipe

Kale tip: Begin with fresh kale! It’s best when the leaves are hard and crisp and lasts the longest as well. I break up my kale and soak it in a bowl of water rather than washing it intact as shown above. I just think it gets cleaner that way, but it does make it more difficult to dry. When I break it up, I prefer no stems at all, even the skinny stems at the top I toss. But since one bunch of kale produces such a huge salad, I don’t mind wasting the hard parts I don’t like.

Kale Salad Recipe


* One big bunch of fresh kale {I prefer organic}
* Tomatoes 3-5 {I prefer roma tomatoes for flavor}
* Baby Cucumbers 3-5 {I love the flavor and CRUNCH of these little guys}
* Red Onion about a 1/4″ of the half shown in the photo above
* String Carrots
* Apple about a half of a large or an entire small apple {I prefer it peeled}
* Almond Accents | Honey Roasted Cranberries

And the biggest bowl you have in your kitchen.

* Sea Salt
* Rice Wine Vinegar

* Your favorite Italian dressing
~ {I know it’s not the healthiest, but I LOVE Wishbone’s Italian Dressing}
* Your favorite balsamic dressing
~ {I like Newman’s Own Balsamic}

Or you can make your own dressing if you like, which I kind of do by mixing up a few ready-made options, but I’m no gourmet chef, so I just grab what’s good and easy.

Kale Salad Recipe

Chop all your veggies. Other than the apple chunks, I prefer to chop my veggies up really really tiny. I even chop the pre-cut string carrots into smaller pieces. I think it just tastes better because you get a little bit of everything in one bite rather than a huge chunk of tomato and nothing else.

Toss all your ingredients in EXCEPT FOR THE ALMOND MIX on top of your kale. If you put them in first, it’s difficult to mix into the kale.


Kale Salad Recipe

I usually add a few twists of sea salt and a few shakes of rice wine vinegar and then mix more. Sometimes, that’s all I use as a dressing, which works because of all the other flavors. But most often, after mixing, I squeeze in a little Italian dressing, MIX, and then Balsamic and MIX again.

Kale Salad Recipe

I toss my slivered almonds and cranberries on at the end and mix again so they stay crispy. It’s delish to eat right when you finish but tastes a bit better about ten minutes later after soaking up a bit of the dressing.

Kale Salad Recipe

Since it makes such a HUGE amount, I rarely add my avocados to the batch, but instead slice them on top after served. This way, if I have leftovers to save, which I always do, it doesn’t get all mushy from the avocado. But oftentimes I eat it without the avo alltogether.

It’s my favorite as a side with grilled chicken! They just go well together.

Kale Salad Recipe

kale salad with quinoa Grilled chicken kale salad

It’s also yummy with Quinoa as seen in the bowl above, and sliced chicken with avocado on top.



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Jane Droll

    August 15, 2013 |

    YUM YUM YUM YUM! i will try it this way!!!!

    i HATE all the hard parts, too. just gross. gotta cut out those parts.

    and adding sweet to the bitter taste of kale is a really good idea!

    do you ever make kale chips? very easy, and pretty tasty. i end up eating the whole batch in one sitting, so not sure how healthy THAT is. lol

  • Sydney (create&sparkle)

    August 16, 2013 |

    I have never ever tried kale, and am the pickiest eater — but your photos make it look SO yummy. Im a total salad freak, so this may be a new one to try. xoxo

  • Gale

    August 16, 2013 |

    You have to try this Kale salad recipe my husband makes!
    1 bunch of Kale (stripped and washed, obv.)
    1 lemon
    1 avocado
    1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
    1 (or more depending on how spicy you like your food) finely chopped fresh jalapeno
    Squeeze half the lemon over the kale and scoop the avocado on top. It doesn’t matter what it looks like because you are then going to squish it all together with your hands. Almost like you’re massaging the kale with avocado. (I know, it sounds crazy weird but just wait until you taste it!)
    Add the jalapeno and the black beans and let everything chill in the fridge in a covered container for a few hours to let the flavors blend. Then enjoy! It’s so delicious and healthy and DELICIOUS!!!! I crave it all the time

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