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A new twist on raw kale…

Scott had some fantastic kale salad at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago for lunch and said we had to try to make it.  It was made with kale, avocados, red pepper flakes, lemons and salt.  We were able to recreate it and it was really yummy, so I made it again last night.  But this time, I wanted to try to make more of meal out of it so thought I would add some chicken (among a few other things).

Here is what I came up with…


Here’s what you need for the dressing:

  • 2 avocados
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 5-7 drops stevia
  • 1 small container of plain greek yogurt (I used 6 oz. chobani)
  • just a pinch of cayenne pepper powder (the red pepper was too much for my kids)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
To get the dressing ready, mash all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.  By the way, do you know trick to get the seed out of the avocado easily?  Just get your knife and knock it in the seed, and then pull it out.  So much easier, and a lot less messy.  Look how clean the seed came out!

Here’s what you need for the salad:

  • kale about 2-3 cups, remove stems (you could also use a milder green, like bib lettuce, if your kids don’t love raw kale)
  • 1.5 lbs chicken
  • pack of cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, roasted

Okay, since I was short on time, I picked up a Whole Foods rotisserie chicken and used that, but to be honest, that was a mistake. While this dish was really good, it would have been much better if I had taken a few extra minutes to cut and cook up some chicken. So, for you, cut your raw chicken into cubes, add some coconut to a large pan and cook on medium heat while stirring for about 10 minutes or until no longer pink. Add some salt and pepper for seasoning and then set aside.

Next, slice your cherry tomatoes and put aside. I used most of the container they came in. The tomatoes added a nice sweetness to the salad and I could have actually used more.

Then, spread out pine nuts evenly on pan, lightly spray with coconut oil and toast for about 3 minutes or so.  Keep an eye on them as they cook really quickly!  You could also roast some almonds or walnuts (whatever you prefer) but either way, I would highly recommend adding some type of roasted nuts as this really added a lot of flavor!

In a large bowl, once you have removed the stems from the kale, mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

I made this about an hour or two before dinner so the sauce would have time to soak in.  I loved it! Tate and Alice said was it was “pretty good”, and Scott said, “this is great!” but then later admitted that it does needs grilled (or baked) chicken the next time.  I think for next time I make it, and to mix it up a little (for the kids), I may try a milder lettuce since my kids said they really prefer their kale to be “crispy”!

  • Shannon - I realllly loved this. My new favorite thing, I’ll be making this again and again!ReplyCancel

    • landriav - Awesome! So glad you loved it! The lemon and avocado really make it!! Thank you for posting!ReplyCancel

  • Fidan - I was shocked at how good this is! I just made it for lunch and ate every bit of it! I had all the inegrdients on hand too. Today was my second day eating raw and I tasted the raw kale yesterday and I thought oh no! This is horrid! But I liked the salad here even better than a lettuce salad. Seriously more mouthfeel and flavor. I used curly kale and just rolled it up as best I could. A lot of it came out just finely chopped. Tasted NOTHING like raw. EXCELLENT RECIPE!ReplyCancel

    • landriav - That is GREAT Fidan!!! Soo glad you liked it. To be honest, I was surprised too as I typically (well at least I use to not) eat raw kale either! 🙂ReplyCancel

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