Kale Summer Salad Recipe

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I am on a salad kick right now! When it is too hot to cook or bake, creative salads can be the main course! I currently eat a salad everyday for lunch and sometimes for dinner too! I get on a certain salad kick and eat the same salad everyday for a week or two, but then I want something different!


Recently I have been on a Kale Salad kick (and a Kale chip kick as well). This is just one version of my favorite kale salads.





Kale, chopped or torn into bite size pieces, preferably organic

Dried cranberries, handful (or other dried fruit)

Apple, sliced into bite size pieces, preferably organic

Sliced Almonds (or other nut)

Avocado, cut into bite size pieces

Something Crunchy- I have tossed in tortilla chip pieces, homemade croutons, and even broken flax seed crackers, anything to give a little crunch (not a lot, you still want the salad to be healthy).

Dressing: Lemon Olive Oil, Fig Balsamic Vinegar, garlic powder, salt, pepper & Dijon mustard.


The dressing I make to go with this salad includes Bari olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which are infused. I hardly ever measure anything, but I use more vinegar than oil, and small amounts of salt and pepper. I add the Dijon to make it a little more creamy. If you don’t have infused oils and vinegars, use regular ones. Maybe if you have lemon you could add some juice to the dressing.


I find that kale is harder to mix in a salad than lettuce, so I like to mix some dressing with just the kale in the bowl to give a nice coating, then add the rest of the ingredients on top (then add more dressing if desired). I find that there are many adjustments that can be made to this salad. So take what you like and add some of your favorite ingredients!


What ingredients do you add to your Kale Salad?

About Brittney Minor

Brittney is the owner/author of Brittleby's Corner. As a mom to 2 kids, she knows the importance of living a simple, healthy, and natural lifestyle. Brittney actively searches for greener ways to live and shares them with her readers.


  1. Mrs. Cox says:

    Great linky! It’s definitely a good time to add new salad recipes to my arsenal :)
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  2. Amanda

    I really like Kale and am always looking for new ways to use it – I love your recipe! Thanks for hosting a salad hop – I love salad in the summer :)
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  3. Brittney,
    I love your salad idea, Girl! I’ve already tried one salad out of this collection! Thank you for taking initiative.
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  4. Trisha G. says:

    I love kale and your salad sounds amazing! It may seem strange but I’ve never been a fan of almonds in my salad so I might just try it without. Thanks for the ingredients!
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  5. Nicole

    I linked up. Happy to see what everyone else linked up too!
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