11 Best Kale Salads

Kale Salad with Miso and Pistachios © Madeleine Hill
By F&W Editors Posted October 02, 2014

Here, 11 perfect kale salads that even the most jaded greens connoisseur will agree are delicious.

In this week’s Chefs in Conversation video, chefs Sang Yoon and Michael Chiarello discuss whether kale is past the point of no return. Though both chefs are suspicious of the trendy green in salad form, they agree that it can be very tasty—as long as it’s chiffonaded into thin strips.

Here, 11 perfect kale salads that even the most jaded greens connoisseur will agree are delicious.

1. Massaged Kale Salad 
Making this super-easy kale salad is a bit like doing a magic trick.

2. Kale-and-Avocado Salad 
In this surprisingly hearty salad, raw kale leaves are wilted with a pinch of salt.

3. Raw and Fried Tuscan Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad 
The contrasting textures of raw and crisp make this flavorful salad supremely satisfying.

4. Kale Caesar Salad 
The steak house Caesar salad gets a makeover with fresh, hearty, healthy kale.

5. Kale Salad with Chicken 
Kale salads like this one are great with dressings that rely on cured fish like anchovies.

6. Broccoli Matchsticks and Kale Salad 
This is an incredible way to make use of sweet broccoli stems.

7. Kale Salad with Sesame Dressing 
You’ll want to make extra of this Asian–inspired sesame dressing, which is made with toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, peanut butter and rice wine vinegar.

8. Kale Salad with Miso and Pistachios 
Andrew Zimmern breaks from the standard kale salad by adding pistachios and sesame seeds for rich nuttiness and a bright, vinegary miso dressing.

9. Lemony Barley Salad with Kale Pesto 
Kale does double-duty here: Some of the leaves are pureed with lemon juice and olive oil for a phenomenal pesto, and some of them are torn into pieces that are stirred into the cooked barley at the end.

10. Chopped Kale Salad with Prosciutto and Figs 
Giada De Laurentiis tops her colorful chopped salad of greens, figs and prosciutto with shavings of Gorgonzola.

11. Farro-and-Kale Salad with Olives and Pine Nuts 
Chewy farro and raw kale make for a deliciously healthy salad.

Related: Best Kale Dishes in the U.S.
21 Great Kale Recipes
20 Fantastic Salads

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