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Chopped Kale Salad

My Chopped Kale Salad will make you fall in love with this super food all over again.

Chopped Kale Salad with Cranberries Pin

Good morning friends!

I’ve got great news!  My ice skating driveway has finally almost melted.  I still have the ice speed bump (where the freezing rain fell out of the gutters) to get out of the garage, but it has shrunk in size and does not feel as dangerous anymore.  I’m just hoping we can get through these last rounds of snow without too much drama and be on our way to spring.  A girl can hope right?

On to the food, because this one is a goodie.

I have been on a bit of a kale kick lately.  I’m kind of obsessed with the beautiful chopped kale salads served in restaurants.

One of my favorites locally is at Well Bred bakery.  Their version is full of sweet cranberries, savory almond slices and salty parmesan cheese.

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I set out one afternoon to make my own version at home.

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Now I’m not going to call this a copy cat salad because I did not have theirs right in front of me to compare, but I’d say I am pretty close.  You guys will just have to go visit them to see if I got it right.

For my version, I started with a giant bunch of beautiful kale and sliced it into thin strips.  I pat the kale dry so it will absorb the oil and lemon well.

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The trick is to add the olive oil, lemon, honey, salt and pepper to the kale chopped salad and then massage it.  Yes, get your hands in there and coat every piece.  Pretend you are rubbing someones shoulders.  You want to kale to start to break down some so it is not as rough and bitter to eat.

I then let the kale and dressing sit in the fridge for at least ten minutes to do it’s magic.

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After the short wait I pull it back out and add of the yummy goodness of almonds, cheese and cranberries.

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One of my favorite parts of the salad is the kale holds up in the fridge with the dressing on very well.  I ate this over the next two days and it was still good by the end.  A normal salad would never make it that long with the dressing on it!

5 from 2 votes
Chopped Kale Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
14 mins
My Chopped Kale Salad features tart cranberries, salty parmesan and rich almonds. It will make you fall in love with this super food all over again!
Course: Salad
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Julie Wunder
  • 1 bunch curly kale about 8 stems or 8 packed cups
  • 1 large lemon juiced
  • 2 tablespoons GOOD olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  1. Wash kale well and remove the hard stems from the kale.
  2. Pat dry.
  3. Roll the remaining leaves like a basil chiffonade and cut the kale into 1/2 inch strips.
  4. Put kale in a big bowl and add the lemon juice, olive oil, honey. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Massage kale well until all leaves are evenly coated and the leaves start to break down. The kale will reduce in size by a quarter to a half.
  6. Put kale in fridge and allow to chill for at least ten minutes.
  7. While kale is in fridge, toast the almonds in a pan for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant.
  8. Remove kale from fridge and add the almonds, parmesan and cranberries. Mix well.
Recipe Notes

Serve immediately or allow to sit in fridge for several hours.

Have a great Tuesday everyone and stay warm!

Tomorrow I’m sharing a fun and honest post about my healthiest and UN-healthiest habits.  Yup.  I’m keepin’ it real! 

Your turn!

Is kale part of your food rotation?

Are you ready for spring?

By | 2018-06-28T14:31:43-04:00 February 24th, 2015|All Vegetarian, Food, Lunch, Salads|44 Comments


  1. Tami August 25, 2018 at 2:21 am - Reply

    This recipe is soooooo good, made this today I added chia seed and apple for crunch, thanks for sharing!!! ????

  2. Meg March 2, 2015 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Yum, this looks so great and healthy! I’ve heard about massaging kale and how it works wonders on salads, but haven’t tried it yet myself. Will have to give it a go now – thanks for sharing!

  3. I am on a kale thing too! Love it. I like to let vinegar sit on the kale for a few minutes to soften it up. Yummy thanks for adding it to the link up today

  4. Tina muir March 2, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

    I looooovvee salads like this! So much goodness, and its just a little bit soft! Great call with honey too 🙂 Thanks for joining us!

  5. Sarah February 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Simply delicious, one of my favorite salads (except I don’t add Parmesan and use pumpkin seeds and sometimes other seeds).

    • JulieWunder February 28, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Pumpkin seeds is a great idea. So much crunch and flavor. Great idea!

  6. […] was way too optimistic about my wishes of spring yesterday.  We got more snow yesterday and are expecting a bigger snow storm later today and tonight.  […]

  7. Farrah February 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    So sorry about all the ice. :[ The ice in the parking lot of my apartment decided to redirect my car into a giant pile of snow yesterday morning and it completely sucked. (Thankfully, it was a very slow sort of redirection, so my car and I are alive and well. :O )

    This looks absolutely amazing, and I think I actually have everything for it, save for the kale (which can easily be remedied)! Can’t wait to try it out!

  8. Lauren @ Fun, Fit, and Fabulous! February 24, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious! I haven’t been a big kale fan until recently. I think I just haven’t been preparing it right. I can’t wait to try this!

  9. Julie @ Girl on the Move February 24, 2015 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Yum! I’m always looking for new ways to eat my leafy greens so I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  10. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes February 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love kale, my husband thinks i’m nuts and won’t eat it. This sounds amazing and would be amazing with goat cheese too!

    • JulieWunder February 24, 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Luckily the hubs will eat kale and likes it… quinoa is still on the just barely tolerates category 🙂
      Goat cheese makes everything better! good call!

  11. Nicole @ Fitful Focus February 24, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    yum!!! I never have the patience to massage the kale, but I know that’s what makes it good!

  12. Lean Lena February 24, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Love me some kale! I should definitely buy some and make this salad as I already have all the other ingredients for it 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing with Tasty Tuesday, Julie 🙂

  13. Bethany February 24, 2015 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Oh I wish I had some Kale here at the house! Instead I’m watching the snow fall and will be staying clear of the grocery stores while everyone runs out for bread and milk!

    • JulieWunder February 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      I do that when it snows too… just work with what I have!

  14. Danyelle Musselman February 24, 2015 at 9:45 am - Reply

    What an easy and yummy way to get Kale into your diet! Love cranberries and almonds on any salad!

  15. Emilie February 24, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

    We have been on a kale kick lately because it’s one of the few veggies that is in season here. I love that kale is sturdy enough to stay fresh in the fridge with dressing. This is a great side dish or even entrée with the addition of some protein. Saving this one to try next week!

    • JulieWunder February 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks Emilie! I hope you love it as much as I do!

  16. Gingi February 24, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Great recipe! I keep getting kale in my local co-op veggie box, and have been running out of ways to use it! –

    • JulieWunder February 24, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Oh I can totally you with that 🙂 This has honey in it too!

  17. Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club February 24, 2015 at 9:05 am - Reply

    I LOVE KALE salad and am trying this one! I am constantly on the search for delicious versions of kale salad.

  18. Andrea February 24, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I ate some delicious kale salad yesterday from a restaurant. I may have to make some of this myself to take to work this week. Thanks for posting!

  19. Annmarie February 24, 2015 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Kale really does make the perfect winter salad! Yum!

  20. Jess @hellotofit February 24, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I love a salty kale salad…hehe. Kale is definitely in my rotation! I get tired of it after a few days, and I’m about ready to buy some again. I want to make this next week!! Pinning this so I remember.

    • JulieWunder February 24, 2015 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Haha! Thanks Jess!!! You know I love a good pin 🙂 Sorry……… I’m snowed in again……

  21. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie February 24, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I am loving kale salads right now! It just pairs so well with sweet dressings.

    • JulieWunder February 24, 2015 at 9:17 am - Reply

      It does! The sweet counteracts the bitter. yum!

  22. Heather @Fit n Cookies February 24, 2015 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Hmm I didn’t know if you massaged kale it takes away some of the bitterness. That’s interesting! Glad your ice skating rink has defrosted a bit 🙂 Hopefully that’s the end of winter for you guys!

    • JulieWunder February 24, 2015 at 9:17 am - Reply

      More snow 🙁 I was way too optimistic and kind of ignored a scientific forecast in my wishes for spring:-(

  23. Jenny February 24, 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

    5 stars
    You know I’m making this salad today. Yum! And kale is definitely a staple at our house. I put it in everything from pancakes to soups; I actually don’t make kale salads very often, but this one is happening! Is it spring yet? Please? Although, the snow this morning is actually really pretty. After this, can it be spring? 🙂

    • JulieWunder February 24, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

      I really love it! It gets tender and just a little sweet with the honey 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.
      I feel like a jinxed us with the snow. It looks like more for tomorrow now….

  24. Susie @ SuzLyfe February 24, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

    This sounds delicious! I’m a big fan of steamed kale, especially with a little lemon juice in the steaming water!

  25. Jessie February 24, 2015 at 5:38 am - Reply

    I’ve never though to add the dressing first & let it sit in the fridge to soak up so it’s not so rough to eat. Thanks for the tip, Julie!

    • JulieWunder February 24, 2015 at 9:14 am - Reply

      It makes a big difference for me. That and the massaging makes it so tender and yummy.

  26. Blane Sherer February 24, 2015 at 5:16 am - Reply

    I’m looking at the snow falling and building up in the parking lot at 0515 AM. Yeah, I have always had truoble with the bitterness of kale. I’ll give this a try.

    • JulieWunder February 24, 2015 at 9:13 am - Reply

      So much for my spring wishes! This kale is gooood!

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