Strawberry Kale Salad with Walnuts

This massaged kale salad is made with juicy strawberries, toasted walnuts and nutty Parmesan cheese. 

Kale Salad with Strawberries and Toasted Walnuts Recipe

Everyone loves a good kale salad and they’re all the rage on restaurant menus these days, am I right? With that said, when’s the last time you made a kale salad at home?

Massaged Kale Salad with Strawberries and Walnuts Recipe

I often hear friends try a kale salad at a restaurant and say “If I could make kale salad like this at home I’d eat it every day!” Well guess what friends? You can! The secret? It’s all in the rub.

Kale Salad with Roasted Walnuts and Strawberries Recipe

That’s right, you need to literally massage the kale with your hands. As you rub the oil and acid (olive oil and lemon juice in this case) into the kale, the acid in the lemon juice helps break down the tough kale resulting in a tender, flavorful salad.

Kale Salad with Strawberries and Toasted Walnuts Recipe

For added sweetness, I like to toss in seasonal fruit like strawberries but peaches, pomegranate seeds or blueberries work too. Toasted walnuts add a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture which brings the whole salad together.

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Strawberry Kale Salad

Strawberry Kale Salad with Walnuts

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This massaged kale salad is made with juicy strawberries, toasted walnuts and nutty parmesan cheese. 
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 6 cups kale (shredded)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cups strawberries (quartered )
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (grated or shredded)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place kale in a large bowl and drizzle with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Massage with your hands for 45 seconds or until the kale turns bright green and starts to tenderize. Add strawberries and toss to combine.
  • Gently toast walnuts in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until they start to brown, about 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. You’ll know they’re ready when you can smell them. Add to the salad and toss well.
  • Sprinkle in the cheese then toss one more time. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly before serving.


Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 7gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 596mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 10090IUVitamin C: 147.7mgCalcium: 238mgIron: 1.9mg

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2 thoughts on “Strawberry Kale Salad with Walnuts”

  1. Do you use fresh lemon juice or the bottled type? Do you think it will be just as good if I cut the recipe in half? It’s just me and I can’t eat 6 cups of kale.

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