Strawberry Kale Salad

This lean, green, strawberry kale salad is just what you need to beat the heat this summer. Quick, easy, and downright delicious, this superfood salad is loaded with nutrients!

Strawberry Kale Salad :: this tasty kale salad is loaded with fresh strawberries, asparagus, feta, homemade candied walnuts, and topped with a fruity strawberry-infused balsamic

Mornin’ darlings! I’ll cut right to the chase: today we’re gonna eat kale.

Wait… don’t run!

Normally I’d be a bit self conscious about my gratuitous use of kale in this salad and tell you to feel free to substitute it for spinach or romaine as needed, but I’m not going to do that today.

Leave the iceberg, take the kale.

Today we’re eating our kale and loving it too! Seriously!

I know, I know. Kale has a bad SUCH a bad rap. I, however, think it’s marvelous. It’s all in the prep work! Gentle massaging with a teeny bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt transforms this once-intimidating roughage into a silky, tender, and overall fabulous salad green.

I can prep a head of kale quickly over the weekend and know that I’ll have a big ole bag full to add to my salads all week long. It outlasts all other lettuce. Where iceberg, romaine, and even my beloved spinach will wilt and/or brown, kale has my back.

Strawberry Kale Salad :: this tasty kale salad is loaded with fresh strawberries, asparagus, feta, homemade candied walnuts, and topped with a fruity strawberry-infused balsamic

This lean, green, strawberry kale salad is just what you need to beat the heat this summer. Quick, easy, and downright delicious, this superfood salad is loaded with nutrients!

Not only does this green have staying power, it also is the ideal green for my lunches. Hurricane chickpea breezes through the house to the beat of her own drum [love that crazy kiddo!] and I rarely get to finish my lunch in a sitting. While other salads would be a soggy sad mess when I finally revisit them hours later, my plate-o-kale is still as delicious as before. It gently cradles your favorite dressings instead of soaking them up and gosh darn it, I’m going to have to insist you try it.

Strawberry Kale Salad

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Strawberry Kale Salad :: this tasty massaged kale salad is loaded with fresh strawberries, asparagus, feta, homemade candied walnuts and a fruity strawberry-infused balsamic

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Strawberry Kale Salad

This lean, green, strawberry kale salad is just what you need to beat the heat this summer. Quick, easy, and downright delicious, this superfood salad is loaded with nutrients! Recipe makes 2 side salads or one jumbo salad!

Ingredients

  • 1/3-1/2 bunch of kale [2-4 cups chopped]
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup candied walnuts [recipe]
  • strawberry infused balsamic, to taste
  • 10 asparagus spears, blanched + chopped
  • The above measurements will get ya started, but feel free to add extra fruit, veggies, nuts or cheese if you'd like! This salad will easily feed one, two, or even a crowd! Have fun with it!

Instructions

  1. After washing and drying your kale, remove the ribs/stem from each kale leaf.
  2. Tear or chop the kale into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Pour a little olive oil in your hands and work your way through the kale, massaging the leaves until they darken in color and tenderize.
  4. Finish it off with a pinch of salt and combine with strawberries, candied walnuts, and asparagus.
  5. Drizzle with strawberry-infused balsamic vinegar or your favorite fruity balsamic.
  6. Top with feta and dig in!

Notes

Recipe inspired by Hummusapien.

Courses salad

After thinking about Alexis’s gorgeous Strawberry Coconut Kale Salad non-stop, I decided to put my own spin on the yummy combo. Obvi you need to make both!

Worried about the lonely leftover kale from the bunch? Fret not! You can make this salad multiple times (it’s that good!) or try a few new kale salad combos! I always massage the entire bunch of kale and keep it in a baggie in the fridge for quick and easy salads all week long.

I also love stirring it into pasta (this recipe rocks!) and crisping it into chips. Totally a token food blogger thing to do but they’re so gosh darn addictive that I embrace the stereotype with open arms.

Kale yeah!

Strawberry Kale Salad :: this tasty kale salad is loaded with fresh strawberries, asparagus, feta, homemade candied walnuts, and topped with a fruity strawberry-infused balsamic

but really . . . how was it?!

Amazing! Strawberry salads are uber popular here in the South but this one is hands-down my favorite! Lightly sweet and chock full of nutrients… I just love it! There’s something magical about the combination of juicy ripe strawberries and berry infused balsamic with sweet, crunchy, candied walnuts, creamy feta, and HOW ABOUT THAT KALE!? Strawberry kale salad for president.

Do it.

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Comments

Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food

Oh yum! I love kale and don’t understand why it gets a bad rap. I just got back from a week of eating crap on vacation, so a big ol’ salad like this sounds SO good to me right now.

Christine (The Raw Project)

This looks wonderful and I could never get tired of kale! 🙂

amanda @ fake ginger

I keep saying that I’m going to make a kale salad soon but then I get scared. I think this has enough stuff in it to keep me interested though!

    Jenn

    Dooooooooo it! Don’t be scared girlfriend! Us milwives can tackle anything! Plus it’s super yummy with these ingredients =) mwah!

Arman @ thebigmansworld

I hope Meg sees that asparagus sticking out. She’ll go gaga for it.

Not a huge kale fan but if you promise after some massaging and poking it turns out baller, I’m game.

    Jenn

    this ingredient combo and the rubdown make it deeeeeeeelish!

Josie - Eat Thrive Glow

This looks so pretty and delicious! Love that it has asparagus spears too 🙂 Pinning this awesomeness for later!

    Jenn

    Thanks Josie!! <3 Hope you adore it!

Giselle

LOVE the strawberry and kale combo! I usually make mine with kale, strawberries, avocados, red onion, walnuts and balsamic. Sometimes I add goat cheese and it’s amazing!

    Jenn

    I wanted avocado in mine too but they were overripe [wahhhhh!!!!] I’m totally trying it next time! <3

Stephanie

This looks AMAZINGLY delicious, it’s nice & healthy, perfect for summer, and the colors are so pretty! I love all of your pictures! (Do you shoot in raw format?)- I have to start doing that!

    Jenn

    Thanks Stephanie! I’ve shot in raw for over a year and only started utilizing the raw photos in lightroom these past several months — I don’t know why I waited so long – it rocks! [and so does the salad! hehe]

CARLA

makkkking this weekend.
<3 <3 <3

    Jenn

    Yay!!!! I hope you guys ADORE it, Carla! <3

Emily

Massaged kale salads have been 100%, a much better experience for me! I love how every piece of strawberry and cheese looks perfectly placed on your plate. I have to 100% concur that I LOVE kale especially because it doesn’t get soggy like other salad with dressing on it.

Jen@jpabstfitness

You had me at strawberries and feta.

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

Yum!! We did a strawberry and feta salad last night but I just used regular old mixed greens. Next time, I’m trying it with my beloved kale!

Renee @ Bendiful Blog

I make this salad almost daily for my lunch when Strawberries are in season it’s so fresh and yummy!

Thalia @ butter and brioche

I’ve never added strawberries to a salad before.. so thanks for the idea!

Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

Well if you insist. 😉

I do love kale but we mainly get the Russian variety in our CSA, the broad flat leaves with the purple tips. I typically just drink them down. I’ll be looking for some of it’s perkier sister though so I can make this.

Nikki R.

What a gorgeous salad!

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