The Best Kale Salad


This kale salad with soft kale leaves, corn, and hard-boiled eggs is hearty and delicious. When I bring this salad to a party, everyone always asks for the recipe.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, ribs discarded and leaves cut into thin strips

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 2 pinches salt

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, or more to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • 2 carrots, grated

  • ½ cup frozen roasted corn (such as Trader Joe's), thawed

  • ¼ cup crushed tortilla chips

  • ¼ cup dry-roasted almonds, coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons grated smoked white cheese (such as Beecher's Smoked Flagship)

  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped


  1. Place kale in a large serving bowl; add 1 teaspoon olive oil and 2 pinches salt. Gently massage oil and salt into kale. Set aside to allow kale to soften, about 10 minutes.

  2. Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper for vinaigrette in a plastic or glass container with a lid. Cover the container and vigorously shake until dressing is light yellow and evenly combined.

  3. Layer carrots, roasted corn, tortilla chips, almonds, and smoked cheese on top of kale.

  4. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad; mix with tongs until evenly distributed. Gently stir chopped eggs into salad.


Depending on the size of the lemons, maple syrup may need to be increased if the dressing is too tangy.

I always taste-test the dressing before adding it to the salad. So I recommend tasting and adjusting the maple syrup, salt, pepper, and/or Dijon mustard.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
24g Fat
24g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 138mg 688%
Calcium 229mg 18%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 755mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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