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Strawberry Kale Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing
Prep Time
35 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Fresh, healthy and delicious this make-ahead Strawberry Kale Salad is perfect for summer picnics, potlucks and parties. The honey lemon dressing and candied pepitas take it over the top!
Course: Salad, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberry Kale Salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 330 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the candied pepitas:
  • ½ cup salted roasted pepitas
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
For the dressing:
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2-2 ½ tablespoons honey start with 2, add more, to taste
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
For the salad:
  • 8 cups thinly sliced kale about
  • 1 ½ cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
For the candied pepitas:
  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a sheet pan with parchment. Spray parchment lightly and rub to coat with a paper towel.
  2. Combine pepitas, honey and olive oil on the prepared sheet pan. Place pan in the oven for 2 minutes then remove and stir well. Spread pepitas out to a single layer and return to oven for 3 minutes. Repeat stirring and spreading pepitas then bake for 2-3 more minutes or until a nice golden brown.

  3. Remove from oven, stir and spread out to cool. Store in an airtight container once cooled.

For the dressing:
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well.
For the salad:
  1. Place thinly sliced kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the dressing. Stir well with a large spatula to coat the kale with dressing. Using your hands, rub kale between your fingers for about 30-45 seconds to thoroughly coat it with the dressing.
  2. Add strawberries, blueberries and dried cranberries and gently toss to combine. Drizzle with a bit more dressing and top with candied pepitas. Pass extra dressing at the table.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above for more detailed instructions and tips for making this salad.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Kale Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 274mg12%
Potassium 392mg11%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 7060IU141%
Vitamin C 101.1mg123%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.