Kale Salad

Savory Kale Salad
Photo: Abby Hocking

The ultra popular green kale is an ideal salad base. Here, browse through some of our favorite recipes, including a baby kale and steak salad, a kale salad with ricotta salata, pine nuts and anchovies and a cabbage-and-kale slaw with toasted yeast dressing.

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Kale Salad with Garlicky Panko

Kale Salad with Garlicky Panko
© Michael Piazza

Rubbing curly kale leaves with a rice vinegar dressing and salt makes them surprisingly tender. The technique also works with shaved brussels sprouts and cabbage.

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Kale Salad with Sesame Dressing

Kale Salad with Sesame Dressing

Kale, a superfood green, is incredibly versatile. Try it with an easy Asian-inspired sesame dressing, made with toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, peanut butter and rice wine vinegar.

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Kale–and–Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad

Kale–and–Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad
MICHAEL TUREK

In this plant-based Caesar salad, Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise replace the Parmesan cheese with a nutty crumble of almonds, hemp seeds and nutritional yeast. The anchovies in the creamy dressing are also swapped out for dried dulse, a savory, briny seaweed.

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Kale Salad with Chicken

Kale Salad with Chicken

"Kale salads are great with a dressing that relies on cured fish, like anchovies or the salted oysters I make, which I call 'oy-chovies,'" says chef Spike Gjerde.

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Baby Kale and Steak Salad

Baby Kale and Steak Salad

Since his fiancee Deana Saukam's father has diabetes, Top Chef Season 9 winner Paul Qui came up with this sugarless version of nuoc cham, the classic Vietnamese dipping sauce. Coconut water replaces the sugar; shallot, garlic and jalapeno add bold flavor.

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Kale Salad with Miso and Pistachios

Kale Salad with Miso and Pistachios
© Madeleine Hill

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

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Kale Salad with Ricotta Salata, Pine Nuts & Anchovies

Kale Salad with Ricotta, Pine Nuts & Anchovies
© Chris Court

Silverton is renowned for the obsessive attention she pays to her salads. The key to her kale salad is the layering of many ingredients so that there's something delicious in every forkful.

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Kale Caesar Salad with Herb Roasted Grapes

Kale Caesar Salad with Herb Roasted Grapes
© Fredrika Stjärne

Tyler Florence, chef at Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco, loves Caesar salad so much he has a special wooden bowl at home just for making it. In this version with kale, he tops the salad with herb-roasted grapes, which add pops of sweet-tart flavor. For a more substantial salad, toss in shredded meat from Florence's roast chicken or from a store-bought rotisserie bird?

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Kale Caesar with Rye Croutons and Farro

Kale Caesar with Rye Croutons and Farro

This reimagined Caesar salad substitutes kale for romaine, rye bread for the croutons and tofu for raw egg in the garlicky dressing.

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Kale Salad with Root Vegetables and Apple

Kale Salad with Root Vegetables and Apple
Paul Costello

This refreshing, superhealthy salad is one of chef Marcus Samuelsson's favorite ways to showcase kale; massaging the leaves with vinegar, salt and olive oil makes them tender and sweet. This recipe is adapted from the chef's book Marcus Off Duty.

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Kale Caesar with Fried Chickpeas

Kale Caesar with Fried Chickpeas
Eva Kolenko

This tangy Caesar salad from F&W's Justin Chapple is topped with light, airy and supercrunchy pan-fried chickpeas.

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Massaged Kale Salad

Massaged Kale Salad

Making this kale salad is a bit like doing a magic trick. Just massage lemon juice, salt and oil into raw kale leaves. In a few minutes, they'll look cooked.

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Cabbage-and-Kale Slaw with Toasted Yeast Dressing

Cabbage-and-Kale Slaw with Toasted Yeast Dressing
Tara Pearce

Noma alum Josh Lewis makes his terrific dressing with toasted nutritional yeast (sold at health food stores) and two types of oil. It's great on all kinds of slaws and any salad with sturdy leaves.

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Raw and Fried Tuscan Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

Raw and Fried Tuscan Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

This flavorful salad from Brooklyn's Battersby restaurant showcases the contrasting textures of raw and crisp, fried kale and brussels sprouts in a tangy Southeast Asian dressing.

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Crispy Kale-and-Tofu Salad with Coconut

Crispy Kale-and-Tofu Salad with Coconut
© Quentin Bacon

Heidi Swanson, author of 2007's Supernatural Cooking, has already proven she's a master at creating amazingly healthy and tasty vegetarian recipes with very few ingredients. Here, she toasts kale, coconut and tofu until lightly browned and crisp, then tosses them with brown rice.

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Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

The tired steakhouse Caesar salad gets a makeover with fresh, hearty, healthy kale.

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Savory Kale Salad

Savory Kale Salad
Abby Hocking

At Dovecote Café in Baltimore, chef Amanda Mack looks to superlocal farms to create her seasonal salads, like this kale and roasted pumpkin one, which is dressed with a nutty chipotle-yogurt dressing.

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