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The Best Kale Salad Recipe

This recipe for our Best Kale Salad is so quick and easy to make. Crispy massaged kale gives this salad it's amazing flavor. Make ahead or save as leftovers. Pairs great with our Almond Crusted Baked Chicken or with our Easy Crunchy Quinoa Salad.

This recipe for our Best Kale Salad is so quick and easy to make. Crispy massaged kale gives this salad it’s amazing flavor. Make ahead or save as leftovers. Pairs great with our Almond Crusted Baked Chicken or with our Easy Crunchy Quinoa Salad.

Ingredients

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Dressing:

  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Walnut Topping:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt

Salad:

  • 1 lb raw lacinato kale
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

Instructions

Prepare the kale:

Place the kale in a large bowl and using a pair of kitchen scissors (I have these), cut the kale into small pieces. This makes it easier to eat, and less bitter, in my opinion.

Make dressing:

  1. Combine ingredients in a blender and blend on low until everything is well combined.
  2. Add the dressing to the kale and massage it into the kale for a full two minutes.

Make the Walnut Topping:

Without washing the blender, add the toppings to the blender and pulse until the walnut pieces are very small.

Assemble the Salad:

Add the walnut topping, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries to the kale and toss well.

Serve immediately or make-ahead for later in the day!

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