There are a lot of recipes for kale salad floating out there, but many of them are on the savory side of things, usually with roasted mushrooms, garlic, and other savory accompaniments. Kale such a versatile green, though, that it can be used in a variety of recipes from savory to sweet.
Since I enjoy raw kale salads often (usually at least 3 times per week), occasionally I find myself doing new and exciting things with the, such as adding a few sweet ingredients such as bananas and strawberries, and occasionally it turns out to be an absolutely terrific idea. Kale makes a wonderful base for this delicious and subtly sweet fruit salad.
For those of you who may be skeptical, I realize the combo of everything may sound a little odd, but trust me- it’s terribly delicious. This recipe is much closer to a fruit salad than a traditional kale salad, but an open mind will go very far when enjoying this unorthodox dish.
You can use any type of fruit you'd like, but I recommend staying with the banana, as it makes a lovely base for this salad with its slight sweetness and silky texture. Try adding grapes, blueberries, mango, kiwi, or even cherries. The combinations of variations on this fruity kale salad are truly limitless!
- For the Salad:
- 6 large leaves of fresh kale (rinsed and dried)
- 1 banana (peeled and chopped)
- 3 strawberries (sliced: I like to leave greens on)
- 4 cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
- 1 clementine (or mandarin orange, or half of an orange, peeled and divided)
- 1 apple (cored and chopped)
- 1 tablespoon cilantro (chopped fresh is best, but dried will also do)
- 1 half of an avocado (cubed)
- Dash salt
- For the Dressing:
- 1/4 cup dried shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoon agave
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds)
First, chop up kale into bite sized pieces, about 1 to 2 inch pieces, and place into a large bowl. Salt the kale leaves lightly and toss.Next, mix up the shredded coconut, lime juice, olive oil, agave and ground flaxseeds in a separate, smaller bowl until very well blended.
Massage the dressing (using your very clean hands) into the leaves until the kale becomes wilted and evenly coated with the dressing. In a separate bowl, toss the banana, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, clementine, apple and cilantro together until well mixed.
Mix the fruit with the wilted kale and then top with the chopped avocado and a little more of the dried coconut.
Voila… fruity kale salad!