Recipe By Alli Shircliff
Published Mar 10th
Prep 20m Cook - Additional 10m Ready In 30m
Servings 4 salads Calories 337.6

Everyone always asks for the recipe when I bring this salad to parties. We all love it so much, my friends and I just refer to it as: ‘The Kale Salad’.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, ribs discarded and leaves cut into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 pinches salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • ½ cup frozen roasted corn (such as Trader Joe's®), thawed
  • ¼ cup crushed tortilla chips
  • ¼ cup dry-roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated smoked white cheese (such as Beecher's® Smoked Flagship)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place kale in a large serving bowl; add 1 teaspoon olive oil and 2 pinches salt. Gently massage the oil and salt into kale. Set aside to allow kale to soften, about 10 minutes.
  2. 2 Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a plastic or glass container with a lid. Cover container and vigorously shake until dressing is light yellow and evenly combined.
  3. 3 Layer carrots, roasted corn, tortilla chips, almonds, and smoked cheese on top of kale. Drizzle dressing over salad. Mix salad using tongs to evenly distribute. Gently stir eggs into salad.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 337.6
  • Carbohydrate 23.7 g
  • Cholesterol 110.3 mg
  • Fat 24.4 g
  • Fiber 4.7 g
  • Protein 10.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 4 g
  • Sodium 378.4 mg
  • Sugar 4 g

Chef's Notes

Depending on the size of the lemons, maple syrup may need to be increased if the dressing is too tangy; I always taste-test the dressing before adding it to the salad. So I recommend tasting and adjusting the maple syrup, salt, pepper, and/or Dijon mustard.
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  1. Fantastic recipe! I served it as a main course with a side of Italian bread and cheese. My grocery store didn t have shredded smoked cheese so I cut up a small block of habanero smoked white cheese and it was dandy. Everything else was exactly as listed. My husband and I both went back - Read more ...
  2. I have tried this salad a few times when somehow kale wound up in my shopping. I didn't want to throw it out and didn't know how to prepare it. I got on my favorite food app and found this recipe. The dressing is amazing and I wasn't intimidated by kale any more! as I - Read more ...
  3. This is the best kale salad! Can mix up the flavor a bit by using different cheeses, otherwise follow directions as they are written and it is delicious!
  4. The kale was on its last legs and I had to find a recipe asap. I tried this one and it was so fantastic even tho I substituted some of the ingredients. I'm gonna enjoy making different variations of this salad! Thanks very much for sharing.
  5. The dressing for this salad is incredible. I've been making variants of this salad over and over again for months because it's so good and easy. I usually don't have all the other non-dressing ingredients but I've done it with pomegranate seeds parmesan chicken and pine nuts and it's sooo good. Thank you!
  6. delicious! I left out the corn and tortilla strips. still fantastic!
  7. Sooo good! I was tired of my usual kale salad recipe with cranberries and sunflower seeds. This was a very welcome change. I have been sharing it with all my family.
  8. Had to buy more kale after I tried this recipe. I shift it up adding cranberries grated zukes. Awesome!
  9. This was a great recipe! We left out the eggs and it was still great! Even my kids loved it!

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