Monday, March 11, 2013

Kale Salad with Mango, Pepita, and Honey-Lemon Dressing

Kale is so trendy right now, I seem to see it everywhere! A few years ago, I was first introduced to it through Aarti on Food Network and we immediately loved it when used in a salad. I've made this salad a handful of times but since it was on the menu again, I thought it deserved a better photo.

This salad is simple to throw together and because kale is so hearty, this is a salad that {even once dressed!}can stand up in the fridge to be eaten the next day! To get the kale tender, you literally massage it with the help of some salt and lemon juice. Then simply toss with diced mangoes, pepitas, and a quick homemade dressing of lemon and honey. It's light, fresh, and healthy!

This recipe was previously shared in 2011.

Note: I adore pepitas but found the crunch of sunflower seeds (pictured) worked great in a pinch!

Kale Salad with Mango, Pepitas, and Honey-Lemon Dressing
1 bunch kale, stalks removed and discarded and leaves thinly sliced
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons honey
Freshly ground black pepper
1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)
Small handful toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), about 2 rounded tablespoons
In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing.
In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Pour the dressing over the kale, and add the mango and pepitas. Toss and serve.

Source: Aarti Sequeria


  1. I saw your post over at Recipe Newz. I'm looking for a great salad to try -- getting ready for a trip to FL. This looks filling and delicious!

  2. Another winner, Aimee! Loved this!!!


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