Strawberry Kale Salad

Strawberry Kale Salad

This Strawberry Kale Salad is a simple but delicious salad. I must be honest here, though. I’m not a huge fan of raw kale. I know that’s it’s insanely healthy. But somehow, eating kale has always felt, to me, like chewing grass. And I am one of the least picky eaters that I know. Especially when it comes to  fresh and healthy produce.

Strawberry Kale Salad

Combine Kale with Strawberries

I want to like kale, I really do. It’s so incredibly good for us. So I keep trying new things with it. To my surprise, kale can be delicious if it’s treated right. While I find that adding kale to a smoothie overpowers all the other ingredients, I can compliment the bitter green, in your face taste with something sweet, tart, or spicy to get something yummy. Like this strawberry kale salad. The strawberries and peppers add sweetness and crunch, while the walnuts give it, well, nuttiness.

 

Kale Nutrition

Kale is high in fibre, potassium, antioxidants, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, iron, and B vitamins, to name a few. Here’s more information on the health benefits of eating it: What Are The Health Benefits of Kale?

A lemon & honey dressing; the perfect compliment.

And this sweet and sour dressing of lemon and honey takes kale to a new level for me. This salad is bursting with freshness and flavour, and the kale, while holding its own, does not overwhelm. Cutting the kale into very small pieces really helps to make it more palatable for me, too. So I don’t feel like I’m chewing forever.

Strawberry Kale Salad

Because kale is such a sturdy green, this strawberry kale salad holds up really well to being dressed and left in the fridge, or packed along for a picnic or lunch at work.

With kale being one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, I might just be changing my mind about kale after all. Do I love it? I won’t go that far, but I’m thinking it that maybe it can be in my life.

If you’re still wanting more kale after eating this delicious salad, try Kale & Sausage Pasta  And, if you love strawberries in your salad, check out this one, too: Strawberry Caprese Salad

 

Strawberry Kale Salad

Colleen
This lively, healthy and delicious Strawberry Kale Salad is crisp, crunchy, sweet and tart all at once. 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 4
Calories 179 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 lemon juice of
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Salad

  • 1 bunch kale removed from stem & chopped quite small (bite sized) about 2 cups
  • 1 cup strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut into short strips
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts roughly chopped
  • feta cheese crumbled (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Toast walnuts over low heat in a non stick pan for about 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, making sure they don't burn. Allow to cool.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients together in a bowl, or put into a jar with lid and shake.
  • Put salad ingredients together in a bowl and toss with enough dressing to just coat the salad
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese if desired

Notes

Calories indicated do not include optional feta cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 154mgPotassium: 247mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1485IUVitamin C: 100mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 0.8mg
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Strawberry Kale Salad

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9 thoughts on “Strawberry Kale Salad

  1. My first experience eating kale was in the form of cheesy kale chips, so it was love at first….bite. 🙂 I completely understand why people feel so indifferent about it though. It’s bitter on its own and needs some love to make your taste buds love it, and I’d say you gave it proper love with this salad.

  2. Love your combinations–combining massaged kale with strawberries and feta is one of my favourite salads! Super nutritious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  3. I am like you Colleen… I know kale is healthy… but… I never thought of combining it with strawberries… maybe that’s what I’ve been missing. Will try this recipe when the Quebec strawberries are on the market. Thanks for sharing ♥

  4. This salad looks so fresh and delicious! I feel the same way about raw kale, but love it in salads massaged with olive oil and citrus juice!

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