Strawberry Kale Salad with Mint
This strawberry kale is sweet summer perfection. Massaging kale leaves with balsamic dressing softens both the texture and it's bitter edge, resulting in velvety tender bites that pair perfectly with sweet strawberries, fresh mint, and tangy balsamic vinaigrette.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
- 6 oz kale chopped
- 3 oz spinach chopped
- 1/2 lb strawberries sliced
- 1/2 english cucumber sliced
- 4 oz. snap peas chopped
- 1/3 c chopped mint
- 1/3 c crumbled blue cheese
- 1/3 c slivered almonds
- roasted or grilled chicken or steak optional
Prepare the balsamic vinaigrette. Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and pepper and whisk until emulsified.
Prepare the kale. Lay a kale leaf flat on a cutting board. Using a paring knife, slice along either side of the center rib to remove. Discard the ribs, then roughly chop the kale into bite sized pieces. Repeat with all remaining kale leaves.
Massage the kale. Combine the chopped kale with 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette. Using your (clean) hands, work the vinaigrette into the kale for 2-3 minutes to loosen the tough fibers. Set aside to further marinate and soften while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
Prepare the remaining ingredients - slice the strawberries; chop the spinach into bite sized pieces; quarter the cucumber and thinly slice; chop the snap peas; and mince the mint.
Add the spinach, strawberries, cucumber, snap peas, mint, blue cheese, and almonds to the massaged kale, then drizzle with an additional quarter cup of dressing. Toss to combine. Portion into bowls with additional dressing on the side and serve immediately. Top with grilled chicken for a complete meal.
Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 12000% | Vitamin C: 111.4% | Calcium: 470% | Iron: 1.8%