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Houston’s-Style Kale Salad

Houston’s-Style Kale Salad

Are you tired of the same old boring salads? Looking for a healthy and delicious option that will leave you feeling satisfied? Look no further than Houston’s-Style Kale Salad! This salad is not only packed with nutrients, but it also bursts with flavor, making it the perfect choice for those looking to add more greens to their diet without sacrificing taste.

The Secret to a Perfect Kale Salad

Creating a kale salad that is both delicious and nutritious can be a challenge. Kale, with its tough and fibrous leaves, can often be bitter and unappetizing. But fear not! The secret to a perfect kale salad lies in the preparation. By massaging the kale leaves with a little bit of lemon juice and olive oil, you can transform them into a tender and flavorful base for your salad.

Choose Your Toppings Wisely

One of the great things about kale salad is that it provides the perfect canvas for a variety of toppings. From crunchy nuts and seeds to creamy cheeses and tangy dressings, the possibilities are endless. But remember, not all toppings are created equal. Opt for ingredients that will complement the earthy flavors of the kale and add a burst of texture and flavor.

Crunchy Nuts and Seeds

Adding a handful of crunchy nuts and seeds to your kale salad not only provides a satisfying crunch but also adds a dose of healthy fats and proteins. Try topping your salad with toasted almonds, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds for an extra boost of nutrition.

Creamy Cheeses

If you’re a cheese lover, don’t be afraid to add a sprinkle of your favorite cheese to your kale salad. The creaminess of the cheese will balance out the bitterness of the kale and add a layer of richness to the overall flavor. Goat cheese, feta, or Parmesan are all great options to consider.

Tangy Dressings

A good dressing can make or break a salad, and kale salads are no exception. Opt for dressings that have a tangy flavor profile to help cut through the bitterness of the kale. A simple vinaigrette made with lemon juice, olive oil, and Dijon mustard works wonders on a kale salad.

The Benefits of Eating Kale

Aside from its delicious taste, kale is also incredibly nutritious. Packed with vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber and antioxidants, kale is considered a powerhouse when it comes to promoting good health. Incorporating kale into your diet can help boost your immune system, improve digestion, and support heart health.

FAQs about Houston’s-Style Kale Salad

1. Can I use any type of kale for this salad?

Absolutely! While curly kale is the most common variety, you can also use lacinato (also known as dinosaur kale) or red kale for this salad. Each type of kale has a slightly different flavor and texture, so feel free to experiment and find your favorite.

2. How long should I massage the kale?

Massaging the kale for about 3-5 minutes should be enough to soften the leaves and enhance their flavor. You’ll notice that the kale will become darker in color and more tender as you massage it.

3. Can I make this salad ahead of time?

While kale salads are best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the ingredients in advance and assemble the salad right before serving. Just make sure to store the kale and toppings separately to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.

4. Can I add protein to this salad?

Absolutely! If you want to make this salad a complete meal, feel free to add your favorite protein source. Grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu are all great options that will make this salad more filling and satisfying.

5. Can I substitute the lemon juice with another citrus?

Definitely! If you don’t have lemon juice on hand, you can use lime juice or even orange juice as a substitute. The citrus juice helps to tenderize the kale leaves and adds a refreshing flavor to the salad.

6. Can I make this salad vegan?

Absolutely! To make this salad vegan-friendly, simply omit the cheese or use a dairy-free alternative. You can also use maple syrup or agave nectar instead of honey in the dressing to make it vegan.

7. Can I add fruits to this salad?

Yes, adding fruits to this kale salad can take it to the next level. Sliced apples, dried cranberries, or fresh berries are all great options that add a touch of sweetness and freshness to the salad.

8. Can I use pre-packaged kale for this salad?

While it’s always best to use fresh kale for optimal flavor and texture, you can use pre-packaged kale if that’s what you have on hand. Just make sure to give it a good rinse before using it in the salad.

In Conclusion

Houston’s-Style Kale Salad is a delicious and nutritious option for those looking to add more greens to their diet. By massaging the kale leaves and choosing the right toppings, you can transform this humble vegetable into a flavorful and satisfying meal. So why not give it a try and see for yourself?

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Houston's-Style Kale Salad

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 pinches of cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1/3 cup roasted peanut oil
  • 8 cups of curly kale leaves , chopped (from a 10-ounce bunch)
  • 1 1/2 cups of finely shredded green cabbage (approximately 1/4 small head)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped roasted salted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 4 scallions , sliced (only the green parts)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper (freshly ground)


  • Prepare the dressing: In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, mustard, sugar, cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Whisk the ingredients together until well mixed. Gradually pour the peanut oil into the bowl, while whisking constantly.
  • Prepare the salad: Place the kale and cabbage into the bowl with the dressing. Toss and massage the greens with your hands for approximately 1 minute to help soften the kale. Add the peanuts, cilantro, and scallions to the bowl, then toss all the ingredients together to combine. Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste.
Keyword Appetizer, gluten free, High Fiber, Kale, Salad Recipes, Vegetable, Vegetarian
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