This Lacinato Kale Superfood Salad is loaded with avocado, apples, cucumbers, pecans, and a creamy citrus tahini dressing. A delicious, nutritious stand alone salad or perfect as a side dish for meals or even holiday menus.
We eat a lot of traditional green salads with romaine, tomatoes, and cucumbers, but I don’t always go out of my way to create a fancier salad. The last few weeks, though, I’ve really had a taste for loaded leafy green salads with delicious dressings. They’re so easy to throw together for lunch. This Lacinato Kale Superfood Salad has been a favorite – filling and nutritious.
Bonus – kale is a sturdy green that can handle hanging out in salad dressing without getting wilted. So, make a big bowl, store leftovers in the fridge, and enjoy it all week!
Ingredient notes and substitutions
Lacinato Kale ~ Also called Tuscan, Dinosaur, or Black kale, its leaves are long, dark, and wrinkly. Kale is a cruciferous vegetable (like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage) and is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can find. Super high in many vitamins and minerals (like A, K, C, B6, calcium, and potassium), kale also contains anti-oxidants, can help lower blood pressure, and may have protective effects against cancer. [source]
Curly kale may be used instead.
Avocado ~ High in heart healthy fats, this creamy green fruit also contains lots of fiber, vitamin K, folate, vitamin E, potassium, vitamin C, and more. [source]
Apple ~ “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” High in fiber and vitamin C, apples may help you regulate blood sugar.
If you don’t have, don’t like, or are allergic to apples, pears would be a great substitution.
Cucumbers ~ An incredible veggie for hydration, cucumbers also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Pecans ~ Satisfying and high in a numerous amount of vitamins, minerals, and protein, pecans also boast heart healthy fats and anti-oxidants.
Walnuts or almonds would also work.
Nut allergy? Try pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds in place of the pecans.
I paired this hearty kale salad with my creamy Citrus Tahini Dressing. I love the sweetness of the oranges paired with the bitterness of the tahini. Apple cider vinegar adds some tang.
If you like a sweeter salad dressing, a tablespoon of pure maple syrup whisked in would be wonderful.
This superfood salad is satisfying enough to enjoy as an entrée, which I’ve been doing for lunches quite a bit. It will serve two a main dish. If you want to stretch it further, it will serve 4 or 5 as a side to a meal. And I think it would look gorgeous on the holiday table, too.
Yes, kale can be eaten raw! It can also be eaten steamed, sautéed, stir fried, or baked.
Kale can taste a little bitter on its own. To make it more palatable, wash the kale well and remove the tough, hard ribs. Using clean hands, massage the kale with dressing, avocado, or extra virgin olive oil for several minutes which will help it breakdown.
Kale contains a wide range of nutrients and is considered a superfood. It is anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties. Eating kale may offer prevention again diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. [source]
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- Raw Veggie Chopped Salad
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Lacinato Kale Superfood Salad
- 1 bunch lacinato kale (tough stems removed, leaves chopped)
- 1 apple (sliced or chopped)
- 1 avocado (sliced or chopped)
- ½ large cucumber (sliced or chopped)
- ¼ cup dried cranberries (try to find them with no sugar added)
- ¼ cup toasted chopped pecans*
- 1 recipe Citrus Tahini Dressing
- Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl, pour on the dressing, and mix well.