Easy Kale Recipe for Beginners

There are three kinds of people in this world. Those who love kale, rave about the benefits and consume it religiously. And then there are those who have never tried kale but know that it’s supposed to be good for them and just haven’t worked up the nerve to try it. And finally, there are those who want to try it but are turned off as soon as they see the large, somewhat unruly head of greens with that fibrous stem. I have a solution for those of you who fall into categories 2 and 3.

let’s make kale recipe for beginners

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that kale is THE food to eat-primarily for the health benefits. Loaded with Vitamins A, C, and K, packed with fiber and full of antioxidants, kale has made quite a name for itself lately.

Enter my simple kale salad made with pre-cut kale. Four ingredient salad (+ dressing) with a five-ingredient salad dressing (you can buy bottled dressing, too) and a no muss, no fuss preparation method.

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Kale Salad for beginners ingredients

For the salad

  • 1/2 to 3/4 containers of kale greens or 1 small bunch kale, washed, trimmed and torn into small pieces  
  • 1 cup red, yellow and orange tomatoes, sliced into halves or quarters, depending on the size
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic dressing (recipe below)

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Directions to make Kale Salad for beginners

Step 1

Place all the dressing ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake vigorously to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Step 2

Mound kale pieces in the center of a bowl or plate.

Step 3

Add chopped tomatoes and pistachios around the top of the mound.

Step 4

Add the dressing 15 to 20 minutes ahead of time to allow kale to break down.

Step 5

Add cheese and serve.  

Yield: 1 serving

Easy Kale Recipe for Beginners

This kale salad recipe is perfect for beginners who are starting to take the healthy road. It would be perfect for your lunch or dinner!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1/2 to 3/4 containers of kale greens or 1 small bunch kale, washed, trimmed and torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup red, yellow and orange tomatoes, sliced into halves or quarters, depending on the size
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic dressing

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place all the dressing ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake vigorously to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  2. Mound kale pieces in the center of a bowl or plate.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and pistachios around the top of the mound.
  4. Add the dressing 15 to 20 minutes ahead of time to allow kale to break down.
  5. Add cheese and serve.  

Are you a beginner at eating kale salads? Let us know how you find this recipe suited for you!

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