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11 Fresh Kale Salads for Healthy Summer Eating

Kale is usually described as an autumn or winter green, but summer is actually my favorite time to eat it. Of course its heartiness means it’s one of the few greens available at your winter farmer’s market, but if your only experience is with this late kale, you don’t know what you’re missing! Summer kale is much more tender and sweet than it will be later. This makes it a much more versatile ingredient, equally delicious cooked or raw. Ready to get started? Here are 11 kale salad recipes that put delicious summer kale to uses you never thought possible.

  • Wilted Kale and Tomato Salad 1 of 10
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    This easy summer salad features wilted kale to appeal to those who just aren't into the raw stuff and juicy summer tomatoes to appeal to those who have taste buds.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Citrus Kale Farro Salad 2 of 10
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    Farro and kale make this salad hearty enough to eat as a meal, but citrus gives it a brightness that makes it inviting.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Kale Salad with Grapefruit and Pomegranate 3 of 10
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    Kale with tart grapefruit and sweet pomegranate? You bet!
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Easy Peanut Kale Salad 4 of 10
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    Love savory-sweet flavors? Then this peanut kale salad is for you.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky 

  • Kale Salad with Parmesan and Dried Cranberries 5 of 10
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    Parmesan and dried cranberries make for a surprising, and delicious, combination in this tasty kale salad.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Raw Kale and Parmesan Salad 6 of 10
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    Parmesan and lemon give this healthy raw kale salad a little bit of a kick.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Redbor Kale Salad with Butternut Squash 7 of 10
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    Redbor kale is a much earthier variety than most. This makes it exceptionally well suited to serve as a counterpoint to sweet ingredients like squash and orange.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Quinoa Salad with Kale and Feta 8 of 10
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    Between the kale and the quinoa, it's hard to get much healthier than this salad.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie VanRosendaal 

  • Kale Salad with Cranberries, Goat Cheese and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette 9 of 10
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    A bright and tangy meyer lemon vinaigrette contrasts nicely the earthy flavor of kale and creamy goat cheese in this salad.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Aggie Goodman 

  • ‘Cheesy’ Pecan Kale 10 of 10
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    This vegan take on cheese-flavored pecan kale salad is sure to be hit the veggie-lovers in your life.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky 

 

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