Creamy Lemon Kale Salad

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creamy lemon kale salad

Sometimes you just want a good hearty salad to eat in the hot summer heat, especially when it’s made with some of your own fresh garden produce, in this case it’s a kale salad.

Yes, we over did it again with the kale, we grew too much this year!

My freezer is now stocked with kale leaves that I can break off and put into soups and stews in the dead of winter, I’ve given some away, made pestos, smoothies, you name it.

For salads, I like to pick the leaves when they’re nice and tender, wash it real good, remove the tough stems and then spin it dry, I then store a bunch in a big zip bag and keep it nice and cold in my fridge, ready to use when ever I want.

creamy lemon kale salad

There’s no real recipe for this salad but the colorful, combo of ingredients I used were;

A mixture of curly and tuscan kale, chopped into bite size pieces, red and orange pepper strips, sliced cucumbers and radishes, olives, red onion, green onion, avocado, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, toasted sliced almonds and roasted garbanzo beans.

creamy lemon kale salad

For the roasted garbanzo beans, just open up a can, drain well, toss with olive oil, granulated garlic, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper, then onto a rimmed baking sheet in a 400 degree oven, roast until crunchy and crispy, around 30 minutes.

creamy lemon kale salad

The creamy lemon dressing is so easy to make, I’m almost embarrassed to tell you…

Take a few heaping tablespoons of good mayo, add in 1 small garlic clove that has been grated on a micro plane, whisk in some real fresh lemon juice to thin it out and get a nice consistency, add salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon the dressing on top, toss and enjoy, that’s it!

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  1. Salads of all kinds are perfect dinners on hot summer days, Marie. This looks fabulous!

  2. Slap my forehead again with “Why didn’t I think of that?!” There is always some new inspiration I get from your posts. This time it’s the garbanzo beans. What a great way to add protein to the salad!! I really like radishes but I don’ buy them. Why?? I don’t know. This week at the Farmer’s Market I’ll pick up a bunch. We have salad every.single.night. We really need to shake them up a bit. I love the color of your salad!! Thank you for sharing — there is a world out there other than Romaine, cucumbers, celery, tomato and avocados. Have a great weekend!

  3. I need to start making kale salads. I’ve been cooking with mine but never use it raw. Your beautiful salad and quick but delicious dressing sounds perfect.

  4. And I’m embarrassed to admit, I’m not a big fan of kale—but I love the look of this salad! May just convert me…

  5. O.M.G This looks so super fantastic!!! I love it! Gotta try making it with my vegan mayo 🙂 Great salad full of delish veggies! Love it!