December 11, 2013

Recipe :: Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad

My lovely friend Christina at the Healthy Living Market and Cafe first introduced me to this salad when she was running one of the post-race meal tents at the Saratoga Rock 'n Run last year. For some reason, I've had a craving for it, and by some miracle, I had most the ingredients in my fridge so I decided to give it a go.

  • 1 Bunch Kale (I got a bag per-shredded and washed)
  • 5-6 Drops of Lemon Vitality/Lemon Essential Oil
  • 4T Water
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic (I used minced)
  • 3-4 T Parmesan (finely grated is better than shredded)
  • 3-4 T Olive Oil
  • 2-4 T Panko Bread Crumbs (I squished some garlic and rosemary bruschetta toasts)
  • Sale and Pepper to Taste

Directions (Christina's)
  1. Wash the kale, shake off excess moisture and blot dry with paper towels or cloth. Remove and discard stalks. Finely shred kale leaves with a sharp knife and place 4-5 cups of shredded leaves in a large bowl. 
  2. Mix water and Lemon Vitality and pour over kale and toss. 
  3. Mash the garlic cloves using the flat edge of a knife on a cutting board to form a paste (or use a garlic press) and add to kale, tossing thoroughly to combine. 
  4. Drizzle olive oil over kale, toss. 
  5. Sprinkle finely grated parmesan over salad or try some dry jack cheese for a change of pace. 
  6. Toss and then sprinkle panko bread crumbs over the salad and toss to combine. 
  7. Season with salt and a few grinds of pepper. 
  8. Allow to sit for about 15-20 minutes to combine flavors. 
  9. Serve at room temperature.

Directions (Mine)
  1. Put it all in a bag and shake it and let it sit for 20 minutes. Ta da!
If you let this sit over night, it will be amazeballs.


  1. I keep seeing similar recipes, and I was so burned out on kale for a while, but I think you've convinced me to get back onboard the kale train. Bonus that this is so similar to a less-healthy Caesar salad!

  2. Ooh yummy. I'm normally not a big lemon girl so I could probably leave that out or substitute it, but everything else looks delicious. It's a great meal to bring for lunch!

  3. This actually looks really good and I'm not a big kale/greens person!

  4. This sounds incredible!! I just got hooked onto kale and have been looking for kale salad recipes!!

  5. This looks amazing, but I would never get my husband to eat this! Maybe just for me then :)

  6. This looks so healthy! I'm AWFUL about eating salads/lettuce/leaves of any kind because I'm so picky about textures (and dressings/toppings). I keep hearing such good things about kale so I feel like I need to be eating more of it-- maybe I will try this recipe though :)

  7. This looks so yummy! Thanks for a great, healthy recipe.


  8. omg looks great! always looking for new ways to eat kale!


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