Strawberry Kale Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing

So here’s the thing: kale is supposedly amazingly good for you. So naturally, I wanted to find a way to fit it into our diet. We tried kale chips…but that was not a success in the taste department in our opinion…I’ll let you know if that ever changes. A kale salad was next on the list to try. The only problem is that kale itself has a pretty bitter taste…there is however, a way to remedy that! Thank goodness!

Most of what I know about kale, I learned from Haylie Duff and The Real Girl’s Kitchen. I’m in love with her book and her little cooking show and her website. I just love her take on life and she’s got some pretty great recipes. Anyway, back to kale. By reading about kale in her cookbook, I learned that you can make the leaves less bitter by showing them some love and massaging them with olive oil for about a minute. I wasn’t too sure of how well this was going to work, but it did work and it cut that bitter taste right out! I also made a version of Haylie Duff’s classic vinaigrette dressing and added a few things to my salad to give it a splash of flavor and get even more nutrients in.

Here’s the recipe:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 or 2 bunches of kale. (1 bunch will probably feed about 2 people)
  • Fresh strawberries (however many you want)
  • Almond slivers
  • A few drizzles of olive oil
  • Homemade vinaigrette dressing (click to get the recipe)

Salad Instructions: 

  1. Rinse the kale leaves and dry them off. (You can either break them up right then and put them in a salad spinner, or pat the leaves dry with a paper towel.)
  2. Pull the leaves away from the rib of the kale and tear them into smaller pieces
  3. Put the leaves into a big bowl and drizzle a little bit of olive oil on top. Massage the oil into the leaves for about a minute.
  4. Chop up strawberries and add them into the salad.
  5. Sprinkle the almond slivers on top.
  6. Make the homemade vinaigrette dressing and use that to put the final touch on your salad.

Strawberry Kale Salad

Make this salad at home, take a taste, and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear from you!

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