Fresh berries shine in my Summer Kale Salad recipe!
I can honestly say that I crave kale. I'm not sure why or how but I really enjoy eating it! If I've eaten poorly on vacation for a few days or over the weekend all I want is a kale salad to balance it all out. I know it can't solve my problems, but something about it feels like it can. SUPER KALE to the rescue.
It is such a food nutritional powerhouse that my body must be sending my brain messages that it NEEDS it.
I've got my favorite kale salads around town, but I'll often just throw together something at home. In the summer it is usually packed with berries too. This is one of my favs... my Summer Kale Salad recipe.
It's the kind of salad you really need to make in the summer because of all the fresh berries. Sure you can get all of these almost year-round... but has anyone ever tried the strawberries that come out in November - December? It's not pretty.
Yup... this is a Summer Kale Salad recipe all the way.
The fresh berry combination really pops! I kind of just want to pick one up off this picture here.
In addition to the berries, I add some Marcona almonds and dried cranberries. They give the salad a little bit of crunch and chew.
The dressing is a simple white balsamic dressing. I love picking out high quality balsamic and olive oil from local boutiques. If you get the good stuff you might never buy bottled salad dressing again.
As always, I like to massage the dressing into the kale a bit! You can also use lacinato kale which is less chewy... but I honestly love the curly kale texture. Plus it's so pretty!
I hope you enjoy this delightful combination as much as I do!
Summer Berry Kale Salad
- 4 cups curly kale, chopped and massaged
- ½ cup sliced strawberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- ¼ cup raspberries
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup almonds
- 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ lemon, juiced
- salt & pepper to taste
- Coat kale with dressing and massage until it's not as tough. I drizzle the dressing ingredients right on top of the kale.
- Add the berries and almonds in rows on top.
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Lacinato or Curly Kale?
Miz Helen says
Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week! Enjoy your new Red Plate and your weekend.
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"If I’ve eaten poorly on vacation for a few days or over the weekend all I want is a kale salad to balance it all out."
Totally with you on this! I don't always make the best choices on vacation... I'm always craving green things when I get back. In fact, I thought I was the only one who ever craved kale. It's just so good! Curly is my fav too 😉
Thank you so much for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays - your recipe is being featured this week. I look forward to seeing more of your recipes! Have a great week =)
Hi Kimmy! Good to know I'm not alone. 🙂 Thanks so much for featuring my recipe!
Mary Ellen @ VNutrition says
I have been hesitant in the past to try salads with fruit unless it was an actual fruit salad but I'm getting more daring lately lol and think this looks amazing. I'll have to try it this weekend when I get more berries. 🙂
We loved having you link up with us for #HealthyVeganFridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!
Ohhhhh you need to try it! So good!
Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands says
Can't go wrong with a fruit salad or a kale salad! This looks so delicious, and I love the combination of dried and fresh fruit! Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!
Thanks Sarah and thanks for hosting!
Such a pretty and colorful salad, with so many wonderful flavors! Love it. 🙂
Miz Helen says
This will be a great salad and I have fresh Kale and berries in my garden right now. Hope you have a very special Fathers Day Weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Thanks Miz Helen! I hope you get a chance to try it.
I am (weirdly) not the biggest fan of kale, but have recently discovered the magic that is massaging the kale! 😀 This looks amazing, and I love dressing with white balsamic vinegar! :]
Hi Farrah! Massaging Kale totally works. So good!!!
Hi Julie! We might be related because my body craves kale as well! I wish we lived near each other because I've got a ton kale ready to be picked in my garden and it sounds like you would give it a good home. LOL This salad looks super yummy with lots of my favorite things...blackberries, Marcona almonds, strawberries, and SUPER KALE! I love that you used white balsamic vinegar - that stuff is too good!
Hi Holly! I agree. Good white balsamic is a summer necessity. Hope you are having a good weekend and thanks for stopping by!
heather @Lunging Through Life says
Fruits just make everything better!
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
I love cooking with flavored balsamics and olive oils too. looks delicious
It makes such a difference!
Dan Steadman says
favorite Berry....Strawberries, when they are in season I can get them fresh off the fields less than 10 minutes up the road
Ohhhh.... those fresh SC strawberries are da bomb!
Blane Sherer says
Berries are Great !!
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
I kind of wish that the world was made up of berries and stone fruits. I just think that people would be happier, overall.
So true 🙂