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Grilled Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

July 27, 2019

A delicious and summery Grilled Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette! Topped with peaches, shallots and toasted hazelnuts, you will fall head over heels for this fun new recipe to get in your veggies!

It wasn’t until recently that C and I finally have our own grill to use. When we lived in Toronto, we had communal grills at our apartment building that were usually out of propane or the burners weren’t working… so grilling was less than ideal. When we lived in our apartment in San Francisco, we had zero outdoor space to call our own so resorted to using a grill pan for a faux grilling experience. But now that we have an outdoor space that allows, we’ve got our own grill! And we’ve been putting it to use.

For as much as I love kale, I don’t think it’s ever been considered a culinary star. I’m all for #teamkale but it’s one of those foods that I don’t really blame people if they can’t get on board with it.

Here’s the thing about kale though, it only tastes as good as you prepare it. You cannot use kale as easily as you use spinach or romaine. It’s like a baby. It requires deep massaging and care. Or you could grill it… yes grill greens! Grilling kale is easy, fast and makes a guaranteed delicious kale salad.

Grilled Kale Salad Ingredients

  • kale
  • olive oil
  • shallot
  • peaches
  • hazelnuts
  • vinaigrette – olive oil, lemon, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard

When you top grilled kale with fresh peaches, shallots and toasted hazelnuts, you will crave this salad, guaranteed. The lemon vinaigrette is almost too much to handle…

A delicious and summery Grilled Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette! Topped with peaches, shallots and toasted hazelnuts, you will fall head over heels for this fun new recipe to get in your veggies!

How to Grill Kale

If you want to turn kale haters into kale lovers, promise me you’ll try grilling it! Start by heating up your grill or grill pan to medium heat and spray with non-stick spray. Prep your kale by washing it and removing the stems. Spread out the kale pieces and lightly brush both sides with olive oil. Now the fun part! Place the kale directly on the grill and cook for 1 1/2-2 minutes on one side before flipping and cooking an additional 1 minute on the other. The kale should wilt and char slightly but not burn. I like to work in small batches so I can pay attention to each piece!

After your kale is grilled, simply top with the rest of the salad ingredients and the vinaigrette! Your new go-to summer salad is served.

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Grilled Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

A delicious and summery Grilled Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette! Topped with peaches, shallots and toasted hazelnuts, you will fall head over heels for this fun new recipe to get in your veggies!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Grill
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

For the kale salad:

  • 1 head of kale, stems removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, for brushing kale
  • 1 shallot, sliced thinly
  • 2 medium peaches, sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts*

For the Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Combine all vinaigrette ingredients and set aside.
  2. Heat up your grill or grill pan to medium heat. Spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Spread out kale pieces and brush lightly with olive oil on both sides.
  4. Place kale directly on the grill and cook for 1 1/2-2 minutes on one side before flipping and cooking for 1 minute on the other. Kale should wilt and char slightly. Watch closely to ensure it doesn’t burn.
  5. Repeat until all kale has been grilled.
  6. Top whole kale pieces with peaches, shallot slices and hazelnuts.
  7. Drizzle with desired dressing**
  8. Serve with forks and knives to cut kale into bite-size pieces as eating.

*I toast mine in the oven at 350 for 5-7 minutes.

**Recipe makes extra dressing so don’t feel as though you need to use it all. The dressing keeps well in the fridge.

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  • Reply
    Alexa [fooduzzi.com]
    July 27, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Wow, I love that you grilled the kale in this salad! I’ve grilled romaine before, and I am ridiculously addicted to its charred flavor, but I’ve never tried it with kale! What a delicious idea!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      If you love grilled romaine, you will definitely love grilled kale! Takes kale to a whole other level!

  • Reply
    Brittany
    July 27, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Gah! I haven’t ever grilled kale before but this salad makes me want to try it. It looks so good!!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 27, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      I’m doing grilled romaine tonight! So addicted to grilled salads lately!

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    July 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Ah! Those recipes all look so good!

  • Reply
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    July 27, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Love grilled kale! It’s such a great, summery way to enjoy kale. All those grill recipes look incredible, actually. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Richard
    July 27, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I will try that kale salad this week! We all know kale is one of the healthiest food on earth 🙂

  • Reply
    Cassie
    July 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    All of these grilled recipes look fantastic!

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    Gina | Running to the Kitchen
    July 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I’m still laughing at the thought of grilling a baby…haha epic line 😉

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 29, 2015 at 7:26 am

      I was desperately hoping no one would notice that line…you’re the 3rd person to point it out LOL

  • Reply
    Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen
    July 27, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    This is EPIC. Grilling + salad + peaches = calling my name. And that dressing… swooooon!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 29, 2015 at 7:26 am

      No but like for real it is EPIC. I’ve eaten this like 7 times in the last 3 days. Those bananas tho…

  • Reply
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    July 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I just grilled my first salad, and fell in love! Totally need to try it with Kale and that delish vinaigrette! Pinned!

  • Reply
    Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together
    August 3, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    This is the best line in blogging, duh -> But unlike a baby, there’s always the option of grilling.

    I had a salad mixed with raw kale and broiled kale last weekend… SO GOOD. So now I have to try this. With my grill pan which fills my studio apartment with smoke.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      August 5, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Okay you’re the 5th person to point out that line. I was hoping it might slip under the radar LOL guess not. I was totally inspired by a resto we ate at the last time we were in SF. P.S. SEE YOU SO SOON (okay like 5 weeks but still…)

  • Reply
    Terry Blackwell
    December 2, 2015 at 5:50 am

    These have been a major hit at the last few bbqs we have had, we didn’t find them bland at all!

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