Salads

April 29, 2022

Chopped Kale Salad

I love a good chopped salad because all of the fresh vegetables and leafy greens are chopped into tiny pieces and dressed to perfection, which means you get a little bit of everything with each spoonful. Since it’s so good I find myself devouring the whole bowl and then searching for more.

This is a great salad to meal prep for a tasty lunch during the week or serve on the side with your dinner. It’s one of those salads that is ideal for any and all occasions. Now, let’s talk about the ingredients. This salad is loaded with all of the good things, and things you most likely might already have in your fridge:

  • Baby kale
  • Sweet baby lettuces
  • Red bell pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Pecans
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

The combination of these ingredients gives it a nice, fresh, earthy, nutty and savory taste.

I really wanted to finish off this salad with a subtle yet light and bright dressing: red wine vinaigrette. It is superb and doesn’t overpower the other ingredients in the salad. The recipe for the dressing makes about ½ cup, but make sure to only pour over about ¼ cup so you don’t drench the entire salad and over do it. Trust me, a little dressing goes a long way. So, start with a little and gradually add more if desired.

When it comes to the kale, I opted to use baby kale from the package as opposed to fresh regular kale. I like the baby kale a little bit better because the leaves are smaller and not as though so it makes it easier for chopping into fine pieces and you don’t need to “marinate” the kale ahead of time aka let the dressing soak into the leaves so they are not as bland. But, if you opt to use regular kale that’s no problem at all! Still works great. You might just need to let the dressing soak in a little longer for serving.

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Chopped Kale Salad

So, I know you’ve had a salad before, but have you had a Chopped Kale Salad? This Chopped Kale Salad is knock your socks off good! It’s healthy, light, crunchy and honestly addicting. Trust me when I say that you will be licking your bowl clean!

Prep:
15
min
cook:
10
min
total:
25
min
Author:

Michelle

Ingredients

For the Salad: 

  • 1 Cup Chopped Baby Kale
  • 1 Cup Chopped sweet baby lettuces
  • 1 Red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ Cup cucumber, diced
  • ½ Cup carrots, diced
  • ½ Cup pecans, chopped
  • ¼ Cup grated parmesan cheese

For the Red Wine Vinaigrette: 

  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • 2 and ½ TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 TBSP coarse dijon mustard (the New Primal brand)
  • ¼ TSP Salt
  • ¼ TSP black pepper
  • Fresh minced garlic from 2 small to medium sized cloves
  • Fresh lemon juice from half of a lemon
  • ½ TSP Italian seasoning

NOTE: dressing makes a little over ½ Cup. Only pour half into the salad and serve the rest on the side.

Instructions
  1. Make your dressing by combining all the ingredients in a bowl. Whisk well and place in the fridge to cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Finely chop your baby kale, measure out and place in a bowl.
  3. Finely chop your sweet baby lettuces, measure out and add to the same bowl.
  4. Dice your red bell pepper, cucumber and carrots. NOTE: you want them to be pretty small. Measure out each one and add to the bowl of greens.
  5. Chop your pecans if they are not already pre-chopped and add to the bowl.
  6. Add in your grated parmesan cheese.
  7. Pour about ¼ cup dressing into your bowl. Toss to combine. Add as much dressing to your liking although ¼ Cup should be enough. NOTE: you do not want to drench or soak the salad. Just a nice coating will be plenty.
  8. Serve immediately or place in the fridge for 30 minutes to cool before serving.
  9. ENJOY!
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Kevin
October 19, 2021
So delicious!