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Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad

from kristineskitchenblog.com
This Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad with toasted pine nuts is our favorite easy kale salad! It is just as good the second day for a healthy meal prep lunch.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 226kcal


  • 6 cups green curly kale
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus shavings for topping the salad


  • Cut kale leaves off of stalks; discard stalks. Chop leaves into strips and wash thoroughly in a bowl of cold water. (See this post for a video of how to prep kale.) Dry kale and place in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • On a cutting board, mince garlic and then sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Use a fork or the side of a chef's knife to mash the garlic and salt into a paste. Transfer to a small bowl.
  • Add the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, white wine vinegar, a pinch of salt, and a few grinds of pepper to the bowl with the garlic. Whisk until well combined. Pour the dressing over the kale and use your hands or salad tongs to evenly distribute the dressing. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, and up to 24 hours. During this time the dressing will help soften the kale leaves.
  • Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a small skillet over low heat. Watch them carefully; they are done when they are fragrant and just beginning to turn golden. Transfer pine nuts to a small bowl and set aside.
  • Right before serving, add the freshly grated Parmesan cheese to the kale and toss to mix well. Serve salad topped with toasted pine nuts and Parmesan shavings.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 560mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10070IU | Vitamin C: 122.8mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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