6 Ways to Dress Your Kale Salad

Kale Salad with Miso and Pistachios © Madeleine Hill
By Kristin Donnelly Posted November 09, 2014

Bitter kale is great with pungent, umami-rich and creamy dressings.

Bitter kale is great with pungent, umami-rich and creamy dressings. Here are six to try.

1. Creamy garlic dressing.
Caesar is probably kale’s most popular dressing. For a healthier take, puree roasted garlic with vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire and a little mayo.

2. Chile-lime vinaigrette.
Channel your inner Bobby Flay, making a spicy salad dressing sweetened with a bit of honey.

3. Peanut-sesame dressing.
Bitter kale is tamed with this umami-rich nutty dressing.

4. Citrus.
Make kale “ceviche,” massaging it with lemon juice and salt and marinating until “cooked.”

5. Miso.
Whisk miso with vinegar, sesame seeds, oil and brown sugar for a sweet-and-savory dressing.

6. Feta dressing.
Kale can handle intense dressings such as this one, made with feta and oregano.

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016). She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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