Nov 14

Simple Kale Salad

For our Thanksgiving celebration, I signed up to bring a salad and a pie.

Simple Kale Salad: The perfect healthy side dish or entree filled with healthy fats from walnuts and olive oil!  A way to fall in LOVE with kale.

You can’t just bring any salad to Thanksgiving, it has to be different and possibly contain bacon (this recipe does not…but we’re just dreaming up ideas here), because no one has stomach space for boring iceberg lettuce on Thanksgiving.  Everyone is looking for loud, very present flavors on the ultimate food day. 

Simple Kale Salad.  The perfect salad to make you love kale.

I thought I wasn’t a kale person.  However, I have been known to pay $5 at our farmers market for a kale smoothie because it has almond butter, almond milk, cinnamon and honey to dial down any overwhelming kale-ness.  But then I went to lunch with Claire a couple weeks ago at Local Foods and they had all these sides to choose from.  I went for the Tuscon Kale & the Acorn Squash. 

Everyone who’s anyone knows that salads are made all the more delicious with toppings (is that the right who’s/whose…don’t know).  My kale salads need to involve more than just kale.  Otherwise…they won’t be eaten.  So when the restaurant tossed on the raisins and nuts and CHEESE, I was like oh yeah this is my jam (I don’t think I’d ever say, “this is my jam” in real life…but yay for a blog life). 

This salad is my attempt at a knock off of their salad.

Simple Kale Salad | Yeah...immaeatthat

We ate this Monday night served with pan-seared salmon and homemade croutons (just wheat bread cubed and sprayed with olive oil cooking spray and tossed in salt/pepper.  Then baked at 400F until crispy, stirring occasionally).  I would have taken a picture for you…but daylight savings time hates food photography.

Haters gonna hate. 

So funny story.  Wednesday night Andrew really wanted Chipotle for dinner but I wasn’t feeling.  I decided to cook this meal instead, which ended up being not the best despite how carefree and perfect the picture may make the potential dinner appear.  Halfway through cooking Andrew comes into the kitchen wearing MY “I love Chipotle” t-shirt.  So dramatic.

Also drama inducing is trying to decide was side dish to bring to Thanksgiving.

Simple Kale Salad with Walnuts, Raisins and Parmesan | Yeah...immaeatthat

Sides are my favorite part of Thanksgiving.  Move out of the way, Turkey (or Lentil Walnut Meatloaf for our veggie only friends). 

I’m all about the rolls and spoonfuls of my aunt’s broccoli salad and a scoop of my grandma’s (way too sugary yet somehow perfect) sweet potato dish, and absolutely avoiding that strange purple dish covered in marshmallows my grandma always shows up with.  And stuffing…I just can’t get behind stuffing.  I don’t know why I don’t like it.  Even cornbread stuffing I don’t like.  Is stuffing always made with cornbread? I’m confused…probably because I never eat the stuffing. 

So with this love for (most) Thanksgiving side dishes, I decided to include a list of some of the most delicious looking sides at the end of this post.  That way, we can have a virtual Thanksgiving potluck of sorts.  And potlucks are very nearly always fun.  I’d love to hear all about your favorite Thanksgiving side dish…lemmeknow!!

Simple Kale Salad (aka how to fall in LOVE with kale).

Simple Kale Salad
  1. 1/3 cup olive oil
  2. 2 tablespoons lemon juice (~1 medium lemon)
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. 1 large bunch kale, washed, dried and pulled off stem
  2. 1/3 cup shaved Parmesan
  3. 1/3 cup golden raisins
  4. 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  1. In a jar, combine ingredients for the dressing. Screw on the lid and vigorously shake.
  2. Add the kale to a large bowl and pour dressing over the top. Massage the dressing into the kale for 3-5 minutes, basically just squeeze the kale until it softens. Stir in the Parmesan, raisins and walnuts. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving. Even make the night before and store in the fridge overnight.
Makes 6 side dish portions

Sweet Potatoes

Cheddar Rosemary Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with an Oatmeal Crumble

Vegan & GF Sweet Potato Casserole with a Crunchy Nut Crumble via Oh She Glows


Browned Butter Pumpkin Bread via The FauxMartha

Pumpkin Sage Biscuits via Minimalist Baker

Savory Kale & Feta Bread via Running to the Kitchen

Maple Olive Oil Banana Bread via Shutterbean

Easy Cornbread Muffins via Edible Perspective

Vanilla Bea, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Swirl Whole Wheat Bread via Take a Megabite

Mashed Potatoes

Easiest Garlic Mashed Potatoes via Pinch of Yum

Mashed Potato, Cheddar & Chive Waffles via Joy the Baker

Green Beans

Smoky String Bean Casserole with Sriracha Buttermilk Onion Rings via Eats Well With Others


Baked Apples with Oatmeal Cookie Granola

Mac ‘n Cheese

Fontina and White Cheddar Skillet Brussels Bacon Mac via How Sweet Eats

Butternut Squash

Autumn Root Vegetable Gratin via Food52

Parmesan Crusted Butternut Squash Galette via How Sweet Eats


11 comments on “Simple Kale Salad”

  1. These recipes sound awesome!!! I am definitely making your kale salad as a side. I’m all about the sides too. I mean there’s plenty of protein in them too, right? Who needs the turkey.

  2. This is my kind of kale salad. I love golden raisins… ACV instead of red wine vinegar may be good, too!

  3. oh man i LOVE that kale salad from local foods. convinced those raisins are full of magic, i’m definitely trying this tonight :)

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  5. While bacon may be a delicious addition to salads, THIS one doesn’t need anything else to make it fabulous! Thank you for sharing the recipe, as well as that handy list of Thanksgiving side dish resources :)
    Also, yep, you’re right that it is ‘who’s’ (as in the contraction of ‘who is’).

  6. oh she glows mashed potatoes w/ beans are also well worth the skeptical endeavor. i went out on a limb and tried them on my definitely not vegan family and people were so mistified they couldn’t deal. in a great way.

  7. OMG literally I can’t post my dinner pictures to instagram because it’s freaking dark at 6 or 5:30 which is when I usually eat dinner…. so bummed, kind of want it to be summer where I was still taking gorgeous pictures even at 7 pm!

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