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pouring homemade dressing over kale salad ingredients
Created by: Meredith

Kale Salad Recipe

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Don't be afraid of this delicious kale salad recipe!  Easy to make with dried cranberries and packed with flavor with a simple five ingredient dressing.


  • 1/2 pound raw kale rinsed and without stalks
  • 1 carrot stick
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup quality mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Using a sharp knife, remove the center vein and stems from 1/2 pound of kale.
  • Rinse the leaves well to remove any dirt. Pat them dry with paper towel or use a salad spinner.
  • Using a food processor, finely chop the kale leaves and place them in a large bowl. Next, using the same food processor, finely chop one carrot stick, one celery stalk, one small onion, one large garlic clove and half a green bell pepper.
  • To make the five ingredient dressing, whisk together 3/4 cup quality mayonnaise, 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 1/2 lemons), 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Pour the dressing over the veggies and mix well. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. If desired, add toasted nuts and/or dried fruit.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4150IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg

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