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Simple Summer Kale Salad with Cherries

This summer kale salad made with fresh cherries or really any summer fruit of your choice, is light but still loaded with protein. It’s a fun kale salad idea and with the use of baby kale you may even win some non-kale lovers!
summer kale salad

I went to the grocery. Exciting, huh?

Actually, most of the time, I do enjoy going to the grocery. It must be in my blood as my grandfather and uncle were both grocers.

For me shopping is always a bit like a treasure hunt in the quest to discover something new to try.

This time I found baby kale leaves. I’ve tried the big ones but these are much easier to use because you just open the plastic container.

Did you know that a kale serving of two cups has 2g of fiber and 3g of protein?

Since many veggies don’t have protein, I now see why kale is touted as a healthy food. And baby kale is good.

It also keeps well even if it has salad dressing on it as it doesn’t wilt  overnight if kept in the fridge.

summer kale salad

Last night I was invited to a friend’s house for an impromptu dinner as we both had yet to compare notes on our kid’s graduations.

Needless to say we ran out of time yakking and still have a lot of ground to cover.

But we were busy eating and sipping wine in between all that yakking. And a good meal it was.

She made artichokes and a grilled red meat trout and I brought this summer kale salad invention.

Next time you want a simple meal keep it in mind. Just make sure you have someone to yak with.

In my opinion, yakking always makes the food taste better.

summer kale salad

Other Kale Salads

Chopped Kale Salad

purple kale salad

Purple Kale Salad

Farro kale salad


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summer kale salad

Kale Salad with Cherries, Almonds and Feta

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 - 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: American


This simple kale salad is the perfect summer kale salad! Made with fresh cherries and an easy kale dressing, this salad can be made as a side dish or top with chicken or shrimp or grilled fish for a hearty meal.


Units Scale

1 T balsamic vinegar

1 T raspberry vinegar

1 1/2 t honey

3 T olive oil

Salt and fresh pepper to taste

1/2 t rosemary or mint

2 finely chopped green onions

10 pitted and sliced fresh cherries

1/4 c cubed or crumbled feta cheese

1/4 c sliced or chopped almonds

4 c baby kale


Make Vinaigrette:

In a small measuring cup, whisk together both vinegars, mustard and honey.

Whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Assemble salad ingredients in a bowl.

Toss salad with about 2 T of dressing to start. Add more if you like it heavy with dressing.


Crumbled goat cheese or Boursin cheese is a great substitute for feta.

Sliced fresh apples, grapes, apricots, raspberries, etc. will also work in place of cherries.

Sherry vinegar is a great vinegar to try also, but you may need to add more honey because it tends to be tart.

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Kim Bee

Thursday 4th of July 2013

This is fabulous. I love cherries in salad. And with almonds it's even better. Great recipe.


Monday 16th of July 2012

YUMMY! I still remember that kale salad I had in Boulder with you :) oh and the mint julep....


Sunday 15th of July 2012

To Mr.Capitalist-if you were around you'd have to get it yourself but I'd be happy to make it for you! And to Mr. Kichen Riffs-it is so nice to be appreciated! It is definitely a salad I would make again. Thanks for commenting.

Kitchen Riffs

Sunday 15th of July 2012

Kale is good stuff - great flavor. I didn't know it had protein - what a great vegetable! That's a really nice salad dressing you put together - totally appropriate for the cherries (which are a really nice ingredient here). Nice recipe - thank you.

technology capitalists

Sunday 15th of July 2012

Seems very veggie... but, I'd love to have you serve me some! XOXO