Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

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Kale Salad

Once, at ABC Kitchen in New York City, I had an amazing kale salad. So I thought I’d give it a try to replicate at home. Imagine my surprise when my kids went from saying “Do I have to try it?” to “This kale salad is delicious! Can I have more?” When I made it a second night in a row, my little one shouted, “YAY! Kale salad again!”

I know. I have a weird family. But it really is good. And easy to make.

Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

Make sure the kale is really fresh and happy looking. Then wash it in a salad spinner. I add salt to the water and really massage the kale to soften it up a bit. Rinse it two or three times, then roll up the leaves and chop into thin bits.

Toss with this dressing:

Lemon Dressing

  • ½ lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  1. Grate some of the lemon’s skin (about a third to a half of it). I used Meyer lemons for this, but you can use regular lemons. Use organic since you are using the peel. Squeeze the juice into a bowl with the grated skin.
  2. Put in the vinegar, salt, and olive oil and stir until emulsified.

Pour on the salad and enjoy!


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2 Responses to Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

  1. SJ Smith November 7, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    This looks fantastic. Kale grows well here in the winter, and I hope to have an abundance in a month or so; if the chickens don’t get to it first. ha-ha. I will definitely try this recipe!

  2. Nancy Kline November 8, 2012 at 11:13 am #


    I love kale salad and this is my very favorite Massaged Kale salad from one of my favorite websites. Give it a try.

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