Kale Salad

It seems like kale gets mixed reviews – it’s been touted as a “superfood” by many, and rightfully so. Kale is a dark green leafy vegetable (aka “DGLV”), which are excellent sources of nutrients including folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber. DGLVs have the potential to reduce your risk of chronic illnesses including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. However, kale can be bitter and unpleasant to the palette. This salad is my favorite way to eat kale – the lemon dressing softens up the greens, and cuts the bitterness.

This salad came together after I had a similar one at a restaurant in Venice, CA. It’s pretty simple to prepare – chop up the kale greens and whisk a simple dressing. I have been obsessed with ‘chickpea breadcrumbs’ in place of traditional panko, which makes it gluten free.

The best part about this salad is that it will keep in the refrigerator for a few days – making it ideal for meal prep. It is delicious on its own, or topped with the protein of your choice. I’ve also added diced avocado or sliced radishes – it’s great with pretty much anything you have on hand!

Kale Salad

Kale Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This simple salad showcases kale, with a simple lemon dressing to cut the bitterness. It can be eaten on its own, or topped with shrimp, salmon, chicken, steak, or even a fried egg!


  • 10 oz. bag of kale (or a few bunches)
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled salty cheese (I use cotija because ricotta salata is harder to find - feta would work well too)
  • 1/3 cup toasted panko breadcrumbs (I've been using chickpea bread 'crumbs' lately - so good!)


    1. Chop the kale into bite-size pieces, removing the tough stems.
    2. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes - pour onto kale and massage with your hands (this softens the kale a bit).
    3. Toast the panko (if using) and add to the kale mixture, along with the cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary per preparation.

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