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15 Kale Salad Recipes

Put your greens to use with a kale salad recipe or two! Each of these recipes make a wonderful side dish or can be bulked up with protein to made into a main.

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California Burger Bowls

Burgers are a weekly staple at our house year-round. Skip the fries, chips and bun—you won’t need them with these loaded veggie & fruit burgers. To spice up the mayo, add 1/2 tsp. of chipotle powder. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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Kale SaladTaste of Home

Kale Salad

I love making meals that wow everyone. The flavor and nutrition in this kale salad set it apart from other 30-minute creations. —Gina Myers, Spokane, Washington

Check out more of our favorite kale recipes, including more kale salad ideas.

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How to Remove Kale Ribs

Make removing the rib of kale leaves a breeze with an herb stripper. All you have to do is thread the kale through one of the holes and pull the stem through. If you don’t want to purchase a separate tool, you can remove the ribs by folding the leaves in half and then cut out the stem with a paring knife.

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Kale Quinoa Salad

Here's a holiday side dish you can feel good about serving. Kale packs a mighty punch of vitamins, while quinoa delivers a hearty serving of protein. Best of all, the flavor of this kale quinoa salad can't be beat! —Lisa Warren, Washington, DC

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Baby Kale Salad with Avocado-Lime DressingTaste of Home

Baby Kale Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing

We pull a bunch of ingredients from our garden when we make this baby kale salad with zucchini and sweet onion. The yogurt dressing layers on big lime flavor. —Suzanna Esther, State College, Pennsylvania

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Shredded Kale and Brussels Sprouts SaladTaste of Home

Shredded Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

This salad is a simple and delicious way to eat your superfoods! It gets even better in the fridge, so I make it ahead. I use my homemade honey mustard dressing, but any type works just fine. —Alexandra Weisser, New York, New York

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Strawberry Kale Salad

This fresh, zingy salad is super easy and always a crowd-pleaser! The sliced strawberries and fresh mint give it an extra summery feel, and crumbled bacon and toasted almonds add the perfect amount of crunch. —Luanne Asta, East Hampton, New York

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The Best Way to Chop Kale

Save yourself some time and effort by chopping kale the easy way. To do so, fold a kale leaf or two in half, cut out the kale rib and discard. Keeping the kale folded, slice it down the middle, turn it 90 degrees, then chop from end-to-end to your desired size. By the way, here’s how to cook kale and make it taste delicious.

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Twisted Eggs Benedict SaladTaste of Home

Twisted Eggs Benedict Salad

Salad for breakfast? Absolutely. You can prep everything except the dressing and chill it overnight. In the morning, dress the salad and poach the eggs. —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Pomegranate Persimmon SaladTaste of Home

Pomegranate Persimmon Salad

To bring some sunshine to the table, I toss up a bright salad of persimmons and pomegranate seeds, dressed with a puckery vinaigrette. —Linda Tambunan, Dublin, California

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White Ale Potato SaladTaste of Home

White Ale Potato Salad

Take this one outside! My grown-up recipe uses beer instead of mayo, so you don't need to worry about keeping it cool. It's a really popular recipe on my blog, girllikestoeat.com. —Jenny MacBeth, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Kale & Bacon Salad with Honey-Horseradish Vinaigrette

Totally scrumptious and packed with nutrition, this salad was my response to friends who asked how they could incorporate kale into their diets without sacrificing taste. It is also wonderful made with collard or mustard greens, prepared in the same fashion as the kale, or with a mix of spinach & arugula or watercress. —Elizabeth Warren, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Bunch of organic kale on a rustic wooden background.Yulia von Eisenstein/Shutterstock

How to Cut Kale’s Bitterness

Here are some of our favorite ways to reduce kale’s bitter flavor:

  • Remove the ribs: Most of kale’s bitterness is in the rib. Remove them for a better flavor.
  • Rub kale: Massage a piece of kale in your hands to loosen, soften and reduce bitterness.
  • Add acid: Adding lemon juice, balsamic or apple cider vinegar to cooked kale with cut through the leaves’ bitterness.
  • Add sweetness: Toss your kale with raisins, craisins or fresh fruit for some sweetness.

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Kale Slaw Spring Salad

Kale Slaw Spring Salad

My parents and in-laws are retired and like to spend winters in Florida. This tangy spring salad welcomes the snowbirds back for our Easter celebration! —Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

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Edamame Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

This bright baby kale salad is packed with a little bit of everything: hearty greens, a nutty crunch, a zip of citrusy goodness and a big protein punch. It's pure bliss in a bowl. —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas

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Bacon Pear Salad with Parmesan DressingTaste of Home

Bacon Pear Salad with Parmesan Dressing

This simple salad is an elegant side dish for any menu. With a blend of fresh pears and warm, comforting flavors, it’s perfect for special meals. —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia

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Honey Kale Currant & Almond SaladTaste of Home

Honey Kale Currant & Almond Salad

This honey-flavored kale salad makes our taste buds tingle. It has a subtle sweetness from currants and a nutty almond crunch. Add grated Asiago and you’ve got a stellar side. —Ally Phillips, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

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Ruby Red Beet & Apple SaladTaste of Home

Ruby Red Beet & Apple Salad

Because I grow beets I eat them a lot. This is among my favorite recipes. One heads-up: The beets usually turn the apples pinkish-red (maybe your fingers, too). — Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.