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Kale Salad

This simple Kale Salad is quick to make and big on flavor! Make it as a simple side dish or a perfect lunch for two.
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 8 cups finely chopped kale
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup candied walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 ounces goat cheese (feta would be another great substitute)


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • This recipe calls for 8 cups finely chopped kale. I like to remove the thick ribs of the kale, then finely chop it with a pairing knife. After that, I add it to the measuring cup to get 8 cups.
  • Add the kale to a salad bowl. Add a small pinch of salt and massage it into the leaves. The leaves will soften quickly.
  • Top with the goat cheese, dried cranberries, and candied walnuts.
  • Add half the dressing, and leave the rest on the side for guests to dress their salad to taste.