Basic Kale Salad Recipe

Looking for a basic kale salad recipe to add to any meal? Below you’ll find our go-to kale salad recipe that’s made with a few basic ingredients including a yummy kale salad dressing.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 2 1x
Category: Lunch
Method: No Bake
Cuisine: American


Basic Kale Salad

  • 8 cups chopped kale, deboned
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Kale Salad Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • pinch of salt


  1. First, prepare kale salad dressing by pouring balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt into a mason jar. Cover and shake until ingredients are combined. Set aside.
  2. Place deboned kale into a large salad bowl and drizzle with one teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  3. Next, massage kale with your hands for 3-4 minutes or until kale breaks down and the color become a brighter green.
  4. Next, add red onion, pepitas, goat cheese, and dried cranberries to the kale. Pour on dressing and toss everything together.


  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 207
  • Sugar: 9
  • Fat: 8
  • Carbohydrates: 29
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 8


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