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Kale Salad with balsamic vinaigrette
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Kale Salad with Oil Free Balsamic Vinaigrette

Kale salad with oil free balsamic vinaigrette is a hearty and delicious side dish.  The oil free balsamic vinaigrette is massaged into kale to make it tender and the perfect addition to any meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fruit Salad, Kale, Oil-free
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 288kcal


  • 1 recipe oil free balsamic vinaigrette*
  • 1 bunch kale stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 head purple cabbage cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil minced
  • 2 granny smith apples cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup pecans toasted**


  • In a large bowl, toss 2 tablespoons of the dressing and a pinch of salt with the kale and, with clean or gloved hands, gently massage the kale for 4-5 minutes until wilted and reduced in size. ***
  • Add the cabbage and herbs and toss to combine.  Top with apples and pecans.  Serve the remainder of the dressing on the side.  Enjoy!


*Nutrition facts calculated without balsamic vinaigrette since some people love a lot of dressing on their salad and others don't.  Please refer to the balsamic vinaigrette recipe for specific nutrition information.
**Nut-Free Option: use sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead.
***See instructions in body of blog post for more detailed preparation instructions.
Serving suggestions:
-Make this salad a main course and bulk it up by adding chickpeas, grilled portobello mushrooms, or roasted veggies.
-Eat this salad alongside butternut mac and cheese for a hearty and delicious meal.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 754mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 10493IU | Vitamin C: 154mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 4mg