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!
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.
Not only do these gorgeous greens have staying power, it also is the ideal salad base for my lunches. It gently cradles your favorite dressings instead of soaking them up and going soggy and gosh darn it, I’m going to have to insist you try it.
Strawberry Kale Salad with Homemade Balsamic Dressing
We’re loving this veggie salad with a boatload of fresh seasonal berries.
Looking for a few dressing options? You can try it with a basic balsamic vinegar (I love using strawberry infused ones) or try my DIY homemade balsamic dressing recipe in the recipe card below. Want to jazz things up even more? Give my Balsamic Blueberry Salad Dressing a go!
so . . . how was it?!
I flipping LOVE this salad! Strawberry salads are uber popular here in the South but this one is hands-down my favorite. Lightly sweet and chock full of nutrients… it’ll be on repeat around here all Spring and Summer long.
There’s something magical about the combination of juicy ripe strawberries with sweet, crunchy, candied walnuts, creamy feta, and HOW ABOUT THAT KALE!?
Strawberry kale salad for president!
Strawberry Kale Salad
- After washing and drying your kale, remove the ribs/stem from each kale leaf.
- Tear or chop the kale into bite-sized pieces.
- 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.
- Finish it off with a pinch of salt and combine with strawberries, candied walnuts, and asparagus.
- For the dressing, add all ingredients to a mason jar and shake well. Drizzle as desired over your salad. Leftover dressing can be kept tightly sealed in the fridge for several days.
- Top with feta and dig in!
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.
If you get a chance to try this sassy strawberry kale salad, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!