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This Balsamic Kale Salad Recipe is quick & easy, so healthy, & full of creamy feta, toasty pecans, & tart berries. All smothered in a balsamic vinaigrette. showmetheyummy.com #kalesalad #balsamicvinaigrette
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Balsamic Kale Salad Recipe

This Balsamic Kale Salad Recipe is quick & easy, so healthy, & full of creamy feta, toasty pecans, & tart berries. All smothered in a balsamic vinaigrette.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic vinaigrette, fresh, healthy
Servings: 4 side salads
Calories: 413kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 4 cups curly kale packed (ribs removed) torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 (6 oz) package raspberries/blackberries strawberries would also be great
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans*
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Place all ingredients into a mason jar, place lid on, and shake until well combined.

Balsamic Kale Salad

  • Place torn kale into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour in a little bit of the dressing and massage the kale, using your hands, for a few minutes - this helps break the kale down and make it soft.**
  • Place the rest of the ingredients into the bowl with the kale and toss together.
  • Taste and add as much balsamic vinaigrette as you'd like.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional information includes ALL the salad dressing. 
*To toast pecans: preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place pecans on an unlined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven until pecans are fragrant and golden, about 4-8 minutes. Stir halfway through to avoid burnt spots.
**This is a great make ahead salad, too, because kale is so sturdy! If you'd like, after you massage the kale, place in the fridge, covered. When you're ready to serve, add in the rest of the salad ingredients and toss with more balsamic vinaigrette, to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 6745IU | Vitamin C: 92.3mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1.8mg