A satisfying ZIPPY kale salad packed with delicious ingredients and a light honey dressing. Crisp pear, seasonal kale, goat cheese, and more! Just like your favorite restaurant style salad, but easy to make make fresh at home all in one bowl. Just toss and go! Great as a healthy vegetarian main or a side salad for any dish! Sooo good ya’ll!
Have you had a restaurant salad that you’ve tried to recreate at home only to fail miserably. Um, ya. That’s how I feel about kale salads. You know, the ones with pears, goat cheese, pecans and all the fixins? I swear, I try. But then I realized it’s not the salad’s fault. It’s mine!
Seasonal produce has more nutrients which Supports our body’s natural nutritional needs. Think more VITAMIN C, Vitamin D, and power greens. It’s fresher which means it has better flavor, more “ooomph” if you ask me. And lastly, it supports local farmers. YEA! Which makes you feel better because food is love! Support! Okay way off topic, but you get my point.
Back to this PARTICULAR Kale salad. The other reason I was failing miserably at making the perfect “restaurant style” kale salad was that I didn’t really have a technique or a good dressing to combine it with. I mean, I just chopped, added oil/vinegar, and tossed. Which is normally great for some seasonal salads, but not for kale salad. Kale salads need a good compliment to make them shine. They can still be made all in one bowl, but the layers of ingredients are key!
Wanna know how I know this? Um, my friend Jo, the infamous blogger behind Jo Cooks, has mastered the art of one bowl amazingness in her new 30 minute One Pot Meals Cookbook! In this cookbook she has also mastered the art of kale salads, as you can see. Pear Goat Cheese Kale Salad with a Honey Lemon Vinaigrette.
Dude (or dudette) –> THIS IS THAT SALAD (the crave-able restaurant salad) you can make at home with SUCCESS! ALL IN ONE BOWL!
Joanna knows good food and how to keep recipes simple and flavorful. Praise God. Yes, I just praised God for a salad and Jo! Legit.
Crisp Green Pear, Seasonal Kale, Goat Cheese (ALL the GOAT CHEESE), Sunflower Seeds, Pepper (available year round), honey, lemon, olive oil, and spices. That’s it! Yet it’s so so flavorful, nourishing, and delightful.
A satisfying ZIPPY pear goat cheese kale salad packed with delicious ingredients and a light honey dressing. Vegetarian, Gluten Free
- 5 oz (140 g) kale (winter red kale works too)
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) honey
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- Sea Salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 large pears, seeded and cut into thin strips (I used Anjou Green pears)
- 1 bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips or chopped (see notes for winter seasonal produce option)
- 1.5 ox (43 g) sunflower seeds
- 4 oz (115 g) goat cheese, crumbled
- see notes for optional garnishes
- Prepare the kale by washing it, drying it and cutting into small, thin pieces. You can also buy the pre shredded bagged in produce section.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, cumin, sea salt and black pepper to taste.
- Add the kale, pears, bell pepper, sunflower seeds and goat cheese to the bowl and toss really well.
- Serve right away or place in fridge for later.
- This salad keeps really well so it’s great for meal prep or lunches to go!
Other seasonal vegetables to use don’t have bell peppers – radish, celery, or leeks would be tasty!
I also added a little parsley to garnish on top. It was delish!
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As soon as I finished making this salad, I called mom. She has the same restaurant salad obsession. Like mother like daughter. I told her I had created the perfect salad and saved her some. This was right before we left for Utah and after Christmas. It was like the Salad Gods (or in this case, Jo’s cookbook) wanted us to share in this moment together before I left her. Gosh, bittersweet memories.
Needless to say, I will be making this Pear Goat Cheese Kale Salad on a regular basis. It’s a great reason to eat more kale, more memories, right?
I’m also thinking this Kale salad would make a great mason jar salad. For lunches on the go or for the Kiwi’s work lunches. Just adding some protein or even a nice hot bowl of chili to go with it. Ahhh… bliss!
If you haven’t checked out Jo’s 30 Minute One Pot Meals cookbook, I highly recommend you do! She’s amazing. Her food is amazing (trying her Greek pork loin next). And her recipes ares so EASY to follow with minimal mess! I bought her cookbook on amazon for my mom for Christmas but ended up keeping it myself. Shhh.. don’t tell her. Hey, at least I made her a kale salad from it. That counts, right? I’m a good daughter. … kinda.
Favorite Restaurant Salad or Kale Salad? Do you eat seasonally?
Cheers to my talented friend Jo! Seriously, she amazes me in all she does. Have I said the word amazing enough? Haha, truth. SIMPLY AMAZING!