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"Oh, Kale Yeah!!" Salad

Salads don't have to be boring. This kale salad is so delicious you'll want to make it every day.
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This recipe is excerpted from the cookbook The Food That Loves You Back by Ilana Muhlstein MS, RDN. Photographs by Corinne QuesnelUsed with permission of Mango Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

Salads don't have to be boring. They can be bright, colorful, and full of flavor. And even though the wimpiest salads can leave us feeling hungry afterward, a filling, nutrient-dense salad can satiate you until your next meal. This kale salad is so delicious and filling that it will become one of your go-to favorites.

You'll Need

  • 6 cups (400 g) or one big bag of prewashed curly kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons (I like it very lemony)
  • 1 tsp. (5.5 g) high-quality sea salad
  • 4-6 dried apricots or one freshly cut persimmon, pear, or red apple, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. (20 g) cashews, chopped
  • ½ tsp. (0.8 g) red chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. (7 g) pickled onions (optional)

How to Make It

  1. To a large bowl, add the washed and chopped kale. With clean hands and jewelry removed, add the avocado to the kale.
  2. Massage it in for two to three minutes with your hands and watch it soften the kale.
  3. Squeeze the lemon and sprinkle the salt evenly over the kale, massage for an additional minute. This creates the dressing for the kale.
  4. Next, you can add whatever you want. I love adding chopped apricot, nuts, tomatoes, onion, and even more diced avocado. It's delicious, people love it, and it holds up well.

One note

Kale is pretty sturdy, so you can make this 2 to 4 hours before serving and it stays fresh and delicious. Just cover it and keep it in the fridge!

3/5 (7 Reviews)
Ilana Muhlstein, MS, RDN
Ilana Muhlstein, MS, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and bestselling author of You Can Drop It! is the creator of the 2B Mindset weight-loss program. Read more about Ilana