Your new favorite summer salad has just arrived. My Lemony Parmesan Kale Salad is a bright, vibrant salad that tastes so delicious, you’ll actually forget that it’s healthy. 😉 This salad also happens to be gluten-free, grain-free, and uses only 8 simple and easy and ingredients, so it’s perfect to whip up any time!
Friends, how many of you have spent some time at the Whole Foods salad bar? It may not sound like the most exciting place in the world, but to be honest, I love it. In fact, not only is it a great way to throw together a healthy salad in a pinch, but their prepared salads are also so delicious. Specifically, one particular lemon-kale-parmesan salad that I used to eat at least once a week – true story. In fact, I loved this particular salad so much that I knew I needed to recreate it. And hence, this Lemony Parmesan Kale salad was born!
Even though we’re barely into Spring, I already know that this is going to be my new favorite salad of the Summer. It is so light and refreshing, I just know that it will be perfect to cool me down on those hot California days! Plus, the best part is that my boys love this salad too, so it’s something that the whole family can enjoy together. After all, who doesn’t love a dish that’s bursting with tons of lemon and fresh parmesan?!
Plus, it’s about time I bring another kale recipe to the blog. As the Kalejunkie, it’s only right that I provide you with the best kale salad recipes to make! Whether you make this one, my Hillstone Emerald Kale Salad, or my famous Ultimate Kale Salad with Creamy Tahini Lemon Dressing, you truly can’t go wrong.
As mentioned above, you only need 8 simple ingredients to put this summertime salad together!
Since my name is Kalejunkie, I hear so often from people that they wish they could like kale, but they just can’t get themselves to like it. And if that’s you, then trust me when I say that understand! On its own, kale can be rather bland, and sometimes hard to digest. And that is why the trick to making your kale perfect every time is to massage it!
This step is so easy, and truly makes your kale taste so much better. To massage it, simply start by removing the stems and chopping the kale into your desired size. Next, rinse it thoroughly, then place it in a bowl. Finally, add about a teaspoon or so of sea salt to the kale, and use your hands to massage it into the leaves, until they start to soften. This should only take about a minute or two!
By manually massaging it, you’re helping to break up some of the tough fibers, making it softer and easier for your body to digest!
To make this kale salad, simply start by preparing and massaging your kale as described above.
Then, chop or crush your croutons finely and add them to the bowl. Once that is done, prepare the dressing by mixing the remainder of the ingredients together in a small bowl, and adjust the seasonings as desired.
Finally, toss the dressing, along with the parmesan cheese, into the bowl and mix well to combine. Serve immediately, or store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. Enjoy!
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