Kale Salad

Kale Salad with Lemon, Almonds and Pecorino

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I think today is national Kale day, or “they” are trying to make it national kale day or something like that? Whatever. I’m such a sell out. I have totally jumped on the “kale bandwagon”. Wait- is there such a thing as a bandwagon for kale? I guess so.

And for all of you kale haters, let me just remind you (um, like for the 10th time) that I used to hate kale. (Until I discovered it raw that is) Now I am a believer.

Kale Salad with Lemon, Almond and Pecorino

A couple of weeks ago when I was in NY with Pete and we went out to lunch at a Italian restaurant in the meatpacking district called Barbuto, I ordered one of the best kale salads ever. I don’t remember what it was called, but this is my version of the salad. I have made it four times in the 10 days we have been back. To make anything 4 times over in this household, it is a favorite.

Kale Salad with Lemon, Almond and Pecorino

What makes these simple ingredients come together into something pretty fantastic is actually the texture of how each ingredient is treated. The kale is so finely chopped, that I would call it “shaved”. Tiny little ribbons of kale make for delicate mouthfuls. Then there are the slivered almonds, and the finely minced shallots. And finely the VERY finely shredded pecorino. I used a rasp to get this texture, but have also made this with the almost powdered version of grated pecorino I got from the deli. Either way, it’s really delicious and couldn’t be more easy, fast or healthy (just a bonus!)

Kale Salad with Lemon, Almond and Pecorino

To make this kale, lemon, almond and pecorino salad, this is what you do:

Finely shave the kale, avoiding the stems and add to a large bowl along with the slivered almonds.

Kale Salad with Lemon, Almond and Pecorino

In a small bowl, combine the minced shallots and the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Kale Salad with Lemon, Almond and Pecorino

Toss the kale and almonds with the dressing, coating all of the kale. Then add the cheese and gently toss to evenly distribute the kale.

Kale Salad with Lemon, Almond and Pecorino

Serve in the bowl, or turn out onto a serving platter.

Recipe: Kale Salad with Lemon, Almonds and Pecorino

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch curly kale (I have found that the organic varieties are more “frilly”)
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup finely shredded pecorino cheese (or 1/3 cup “powder” grated pecorino.)
  • Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Finely shave the kale, avoiding the stems and add to a large bowl along with the slivered almonds.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the minced shallots and the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Toss the kale and almonds with the dressing, coating all of the kale. Then add the cheese and gently toss to evenly distribute the kale.
  4. Serve in the bowl, or turn out onto a serving platter.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

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60 Comments

  1. Vicki B says:

    Okay, you sold me! I just haven’t been able to get past kale phobia. Will report back!

  2. I love the simplicity to this salad! Delicious!

  3. Tieghan says:

    Ha, no way! National Kale day? Who knew and I post kale today too! Awesome!

    Love this salad! Sounds perfect!

  4. Maria says:

    I could eat this salad every day!

  5. Erika says:

    This salad is just gorgeous.. can a salad be gorgeous? Love the addition of pecorino cheese.

  6. Jenny Flake says:

    I could seriously eat this salad everyday! Beautiful!!

  7. Mmm! This looks wonderful, I’m so glad I found your blog… yumm.

  8. Nice kale salad!

  9. Amanda says:

    Well, I think you have convinced me to try this salad! 4 times in 10 days is a big endorsement! :)

  10. I love kale salads too! Have you had the massaged kale salad at Serious Pie? Serious yum. This looks so so lovely, I love the addition of almonds!

  11. Mouth is watering!!

    I do a similar salad, but with the addition of green apple. Now I’m craving that very thing.

    • Oh Aimee! The green apple is a good idea! I was also thinking about pear- but I like the sour from the apple idea!

  12. This is gorgeous, and I love the flavors!

  13. marla says:

    FUN salad & I love the way you styled it too!

  14. Kale day?! Yesss! More excuses to eat kale and this gorgeous delicious looking salad!

  15. I seriously can’t wait to make this salad! I adore kale and am always looking for new ways to gobble it up:)

  16. naomi says:

    This is something I must make. I love kale!!

  17. Eileen says:

    This looks like the perfect vibrant green salad for fall! I love the idea of adding crunch with almonds.

  18. Love how finely chopped this salad is! With lemon and pecorino, this sounds like a winner.

  19. Des says:

    I am in love with everything about this salad. I have been on the kale bandwagon for a few years now. I can’t get off. I am obsessed.

  20. Kale salads are the best! Especially when they’ve got cheese involved ;)

  21. This salad looks like a total winner!! Love kale!

  22. Susie Fritzky says:

    Heather – I made this salad for dinner and Ryan and I both LOVED it. Like SERIOUSLY loved it. It’s one of my new favorite recipes!!

  23. K says:

    This salad looks so good with that lemon shallot dressing & cheese/almonds! I love a great salad – can’t wait to try it!

  24. Kate says:

    Beautiful! I’m so making this with the loads of chard I have in the garden.

    • That is brilliant Kate- If I had any chard left i would do the same. I have had a chard caesar before and it was awesome!

  25. I have never tried a kale salad before, as I was always unsure how to prepare it, but this sounds lovely and bright! Can’t wait to try it!

  26. Goody gorgeous salad. An absolutely unique salad.

  27. Angela says:

    I am sitting down to a big bowl of this salad and have a piece of crusty bread on the side. It is absolutely a divine combination. So happy to have found your blog and this recipe!
    Thanks–

    • woo hoo!!! so glad that you are liking it Angela- thanks for visiting!

  28. Oh, how I love Barbuto! I haven’t had their kale salad but am sure this is a delicious version of it!

  29. Matt F says:

    Heather – I eat at the same place and immediately tried to recreate the salad. I never knew kale could taste so good in a salad.

    One enhancement i would recommend. After chopping the kale put kosher salt on the kale to allow it to sweat and soften the kale. 10-30 minutes. Then wash the salt off. That will make the kale softer and breaks down the fiber and makes it less chewy.

    • VERY interesting Matt! thank you so much for the tip!

  30. jenny says:

    this is fantastic! i had to sub a few things: apple cider vinegar (with the mother) for champagne vinegar and minced garlic for shallot. and i’m vegan so i added 1/4 cup nutritional yeast instead of cheese. it’s delicious! thank you.

  31. terran says:

    hey
    i love this recipe
    BUT
    i cant figure out how you’d shave kale?
    i just cut it with a knife, please advise, id like to learn a new trick.
    thanks

    • Hi Terran! I did cut it, but just really, really finely, so I used the term “shaved.” Hope you like it!!

  32. KGB says:

    First time to try Kale and this salad is so good and refreshing. I could eat this for lunch everyday!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe…… Love it!

  33. sheba says:

    I added avocado and traded white balsamic vinegar for the champagne vinegar- it was delicious!!!

  34. Debbie says:

    This was DELISH! So quick and easy and totally tasty – thank you! This will go in the regular rotation at our house…

  35. Terra says:

    I am not a believer but you made this salad worth trying…one question would it still be good without cheese?

    • lol! probably not Terra! But there are a ton of other kale salads on here that you should try sans cheese.