Summer time Glow Strawberry Kale Salad

THIS SALAD. I made it final summer season and it grew to become It’s crunchy, it’s creamy, it’s candy & salty and it’s really the proper approach to make use of your summer season produce. We’ve been loving including large, recent salads to our menu recently and this strawberry kale salad was completely excellent.

I’m calling it the “summer season glow” strawberry kale salad as a result of it is going to have you ever glowing from the within out. All of these attractive veggies and fruits are tossed with my well-known cilantro lime dressing for a beautiful meal prep lunch or facet dish in your subsequent BBQ.

Choices to customise along with your fav proteins, different veggies, and extra beneath. Take pleasure in!

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strawberry kale salad with strawberries on a platter

Every thing you’ll must make this strawberry kale salad

In the event you’re rising recent produce or are a daily at your farmer’s market, this salad is the proper approach to make use of up the entire items. You’ll want:

  • Kale: the bottom of this summery salad is, in fact, kale! See beneath for our greatest suggestions for having fun with kale in salads.
  • Strawberries: juicy strawberries give the kale salad the proper quantity of sweetness.
  • Avocado: a little bit creaminess and heart-healthy fat.
  • Corn: be at liberty to make use of uncooked, grilled or sauteed corn within the salad! I like including uncooked or grilled corn. Study the easiest way to grill corn right here!
  • Feta cheese: add some savory saltiness in each chunk.
  • Purple onion: zippy pink onion pulls the entire salad collectively.
  • Pistachios: I like the crunch that roasted, salted pistachios add!
  • For the dressing: we’re utilizing my well-known cilantro lime dressing that has the proper kick of warmth.

pouring cilantro lime dressing into a bowl of kale

Make this chopped kale salad your personal

This strawberry kale salad is tremendous simple to customise with what’s in your fridge (or in your backyard!) Listed here are some easy strategies:

  • Select your produce: I feel blueberries or sliced peaches could be an amazing swap for strawberries, and you might even use finely chopped broccoli instead of the kale.
  • Go plant-based: merely omit the feta crumbles or use a plant-based model.
  • Choose a cheese: then again, I feel this kale salad could be scrumptious with goat cheese or a sprinkle of grated parmesan.
  • Add your fav crunch: be at liberty to make use of toasted sliced almonds instead of the pistachios.

massaging kale with cilantro lime dressing

Our favourite methods so as to add protein

Seeking to make this strawberry kale salad a little bit heartier? Attempt including:

  • Cooked, chopped bacon for a savory, salty taste.
  • Grilled hen breasts or my honey mustard hen for a real summer season taste.
  • Scrumptious maple glazed salmon or grilled shrimp marinated in additional cilantro lime dressing could be superb.
  • Grilled shrimp — be at liberty to marinade in additional cilantro lime dressing!
  • One can of chickpeas preserve the salad vegetarian

chopped kale salad with strawberries and avocado on a platter

Don’t overlook to prep your kale

Kale is usually a powerful inexperienced to take pleasure in when it’s fully uncooked, so don’t overlook these easy suggestions for prepping it!

  • Chop it small. Make sure to chop it very finely in order that the bites aren’t too massive. Use a pointy knife or salad chopper, or pulse the kale just a few occasions in a food processor.
  • Therapeutic massage it. Add the cilantro lime dressing to the kale by itself first and toss all of it collectively rather well. You possibly can even do that along with your arms and “therapeutic massage” the dressing in in order that the entire kale is effectively coated.
  • Let it marinate. That’s proper, you’ll wish to let the dressed kale sit for no less than quarter-hour earlier than including the opposite toppings in order that it soaks up the entire taste. It makes all of the distinction.

strawberry kale salad on a platter

Make it forward of time

Seeking to meal prep this summer season kale salad? I like to recommend making the dressing, chopping up the kale, chopping corn off of the cob and slicing the strawberries & pink onion, then storing all of these individually within the fridge. When able to serve, prep your kale and add the whole lot along with the avocado, feta and pistachios.

summer strawberry kale salad on two plates

How one can retailer this salad

This summer season kale salad will keep good within the fridge for about 1-3 days in an airtight container.

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strawberry kale salad on a plate with a fork

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Summer time Glow Strawberry Kale Salad

summer kale salad on a platter with strawberries and avocado

Stunning strawberry kale salad tossed with recent strawberries, candy corn, creamy avocado and a scrumptious cilantro lime dressing. This recent chopped kale salad is fantastic as-is and the proper base in your favourite proteins! Take pleasure in as a seasonal facet dish or lunch all summer season lengthy.


  • For the dressing:
  • 1
    batch cilantro lime dressing
  • For the salad:
  • 6
    finely chopped kale, stems eliminated
  • 1
    heaping cup halved strawberries
  • 1
    avocado, sliced or diced
  • 1
    corn, uncooked, grilled or sauteed (I want uncooked off the cob or grilled)
  • 1/2
    feta crumbles
  • ¼
    thinly sliced pink onion
  • 1/4
    shelled roasted and salted pistachios (or sub toasted sliced almonds)
  • Elective protein add-ins:
  • 8
    bacon, non-obligatory
  • 2
    grilled hen breasts


  1. First make your cilantro lime dressing. You could find the recipe right here.

  2. Add your finely chopped kale to a bowl. Keep in mind you wish to REALLY chop the kale very effectively. Pour the dressing over the kale and use tongs or clear arms to therapeutic massage the dressing into the kale; you REALLY wish to get it combined effectively, so toss collectively for a couple of minutes to assist break down the kale. Enable the dressing to sit down with the kale for quarter-hour or longer to assist the kale marinate with the dressing.

  3. Lastly add your strawberries, avocado, corn, feta crumbles, sliced pink onion, pistachios to the bowl with the kale. Give it a delicate toss with tongs to mix the whole lot. Serves 4. Salad will preserve effectively within the fridge for 1-3 days.

Recipe Notes

To make vegan: go away off feta or use a plant based mostly feta crumble.

If you wish to make this a full meal or extra heartier, I counsel including some hen or salmon. My honey mustard hen or maple glazed salmon could be superb with this salad. I additionally assume bacon provides a pleasant salty ingredient to the salad.


Servings: 4 servings

Serving dimension: 1 serving (based mostly on 4)

Energy: 424kcal

Fats: 31.9g

Saturated fats: 5.6g

Carbohydrates: 31.1g

Fiber: 10.1g

Sugar: 10.4g

Protein: 10.5g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Formidable Kitchen | Pictures by: Eat Love Eats

This put up was initially revealed on July ninth, 2021, republished on June tenth, 2022, and republished on June fifth, 2023.