This 10-minute strawberry kale salad is summertime in a bowl! Simple fresh ingredients are combined for a delicious salad that’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Made with kale, strawberries, and almonds for some crunch and an easy dressing that mixes up in minutes.
Healthy ingredients:Kale, strawberries, and almonds provide you with lots of healthy nutrients to support your body.
Great flavors: The perfect combination of salty, sweet, and savory.
Quick and easy: The homemade dressing comes together in just minutes to toss with the fresh kale, strawberries, and almonds.
What Goes Into This Recipe
Fresh produce and easy staple ingredients are all it takes to make this easy strawberry kale salad.
Fresh kale: Use curly or laccinato kale (also called Tuscan kale or dinosaur kale) to make this salad. If you decide to use baby kale leaves, skip the step of massaging the greens.
Almond slivers: Almonds add the perfect crunch. Slices or chopped almonds work too.
Strawberries: Choose fresh, ripe organic strawberries to make this fruit and kale salad. Fresh strawberries are available year-round but their main season is the summer which is also when they usually have the juiciest, sweetest flavor. Organic is best if they aren’t too pricey since strawberries are usually part of the Dirty Dozen and often contain high amounts of pesticides.
Olive oil: Opt for extra virgin when making dressings.
Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice will give the best flavor to the dressing.
Soy sauce: Adds umami flavor to the dressing. For gluten-free, you can use coconut aminos or miso.
Balsamic vinegar: The slightly sweet and acid flavor balances out the saltiness of the soy sauce.
Seasonings: Oregano, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper add great flavor to the simple dressing.
How To Make Kale Salad with Strawberries
1) Chop the kale and add it to a large bowl. Massage the kale, by rubbing the leaves together until they soften and turn a darker green. Then add the strawberries and almonds.
2) In a smaller bowl, whisk the rest of the ingredients, add to the salad until it's distributed evenly and cover all the ingredients.
Don’t skip the massage. I know it seems like an extra step but it’s quite tasty. It softens the greens and reduces some of the bitterness in the kale leaves.
Best flavor. Use fresh, in-season, ripe strawberries.
Serve immediately. This strawberry kale salad is best eaten right after adding the dressing. If transporting or waiting to serve, add the dressing right before and mix everything together.
Can you eat this kale salad raw?
Yes, kale can be eaten steamed or sauteed but also works great served up raw in salads. It's part of the cabbage family and has a firmer texture than lettuce and sometimes is slightly bitter. It works great paired with fruits and vegetables as the sweetness in fruit helps tame the bitterness. Check out this blog post to learn more!
Why do you massage the kale for a salad?
Kale leaves often have a rather bitter taste and firm texture. Massaging the kale releases some of the water in the leaves and makes them softer and less bitter tasting. It’s not necessary but it does improve the overall flavor of kale in uncooked preparations.
Here are some different ways you can change up your kale and strawberry salad!
Berries: Use a mix of berries or replace the strawberries with blueberries.
Avocado: Chop up some fresh avocado and add it to the salad to boost the healthy fats.
Nuts: Walnuts or pecans work great too. I even like to sometimes replace them with these flavored nuts.
Seeds: Ditch the nuts and use pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds instead.
No kale? Use spinach, baby greens, or romaine instead and skip the massaging!
This strawberry kale salad is summertime in a bowl! Simple fresh ingredients are combined for a delicious salad that’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Made with kale, strawberries, and almonds for some crunch and an easy dressing that mixes up in minutes.
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