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The Best Kale Salad

Alli Shircliff

"Everyone always asks for the recipe when I bring this salad to parties. We all love it so much, my friends and I just refer to it as: 'The Kale Salad'."
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30 m servings 338 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 salads)

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  1. Place kale in a large serving bowl; add 1 teaspoon olive oil and 2 pinches salt. Gently massage the 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 in a plastic or glass container with a lid. Cover 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. Drizzle dressing over salad. Mix salad using tongs to evenly distribute. Gently stir eggs into salad.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • 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; 24.4 g fat; 23.7 g carbohydrates; 10.8 g protein; 110 mg cholesterol; 378 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Had to buy more kale after I tried this recipe. I shift it up adding cranberries, grated zukes. Awesome!

delicious! I left out the corn and tortilla strips. still fantastic!

Sooo good! I was tired of my usual kale salad recipe with cranberries and sunflower seeds. This was a very welcome change. I have been sharing it with all my family.

This was a great recipe! We left out the eggs and it was still great! Even my kids loved it!

I LOVE this recipe. The basic dressing is the bomb. I skip the maple syrup just bc I love the zip of lemon juice. I added walnuts, craisins and herbed crumbled feta and I am not sharing. I don't...

This is the best kale salad! Can mix up the flavor a bit by using different cheeses, otherwise follow directions as they are written and it is delicious!

The kale was on its last legs and I had to find a recipe asap. I tried this one and it was so fantastic, even tho I substituted some of the ingredients. I'm gonna enjoy making different variatio...

I have tried this salad a few times when somehow kale wound up in my shopping. I didn't want to throw it out and didn't know how to prepare it. I got on my favorite food app and found this recip...

I used hickory smoked almonds, smoked Gouda, and blue corn tortillas chips. Yum!