Kale Salad

“Well, if you like burgers give ’em a try sometime. Me, I can’t usually get ’em myself because my girlfriend’s a vegetarian which pretty much makes me a vegetarian. But I do love the taste of a good burger.” 

I don’t even like them, but I was dreaming of a Big Kahuna Burger, as my husband turned all vegetarian on me last weekend.  Our good friend from Denver was visiting, and instead of barhopping with my man every night (like they always do when Jayson flies in), he brainwashed Dave on healthy lifestyle and hit every vegetarian joint in the area.

After long negotiations, we agreed that at least our weekend diet remains unchanged.  However, weekdays are vegetarian.  Ouch!  While mourning my beloved chicken, fish, and occasional beef, I got totally high on ice cream and chocolate. Which I think is a good start to any diet, since I cannot look at chocolate.. nah… more than 4 pieces of chocolate at once.

This Kale salad (Whole Foods recipe) was our first vegetarian dinner.  It turned out tolerable I suppose… The husband ate two bunches of Kale, and I didn’t turn green after eating a bowlful either.  I paired the salad with baked sweet potatoes, which complimented the dish very well. 

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bunches kale, stems and tough ribs discarded, leaves very finely chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seed discarded, cubed
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds


In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, chili powder and salt. Add kale and avocado, toss to combine. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Make ahead: this salad will keep well refrigerated in an airtight container for a couple days.


  1. Shira says:

    Love it Anastasia! It looks very similar to the marinated kale recipe I posted a while back….these ingredients are totally dynamite! Congrats on your decision to go veggie (for a portion of your time) – I love it!

    • Anastasia says:

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m not sure I’ll last. The husband seems to be happy with eating raw carrots for lunch. I just keep stuffing myself with chocolate!

  2. theplumpalate says:

    I ate buckets of that salad when I visited my dad last summer. So glad to have the recipe! Hope your veggie diet gets more appealing. Have you seen Forks Over Knives? That might help, in theory anyway. :)

    • Anastasia says:

      I hope so too ;-) my husband thinks I’ve been sneaking around eating meat at lunch time while he is at work! ;-) Will try to find the movie! Thanks for the advice.

  3. Messy Jessie says:

    That salad looks wonderful! Trust me, eating vegetarian is easier and more fun that you’d ever think:) I find that I have become infinitely more creative in my cooking, since I can’t use the age old meal plan of meat + starch + vegetable. Good luck!

    PS. I live in SF too! I love this city:)

  4. samology says:

    Kale is one of the healthiest greens out there!! It does taste a little bitter somewhat though. Nevertheless, I actually enjoy kale! And I love it even more when it’s baked!!

  5. lcmaybelle says:

    Your photos are beautiful and the recipes sound deliscious. I think I may have drooled on my keyboard while looking at the Farmers Cheese triangles! Scrumptious!

  6. Meenakshi says:

    Hey Anastasia, it looks really wonderful! I have come across so many recipes with kale in the past few weeks…I am looking for an Indian substitute and can only think of spinach! But it is not the same. Vegetarian can be fun and exciting, and the choices are endless. Before we got married, my husband could not think of a meal without a non-vegetarian dish. But now, he enjoys vegetarian cooking. We still eat meat, fish and poultry, but a few times a week at most.

    • greenwichcda says:

      Good plan to reduce intake of meat. It does take more thought to prepare a non-meat meal if you are not used to it, but there is plenty of support out there if you have access to the internet.

  7. marthastoever says:

    kale salads are a new favorite of mine! if you “massage” them… really work in the dressing… and then let it sit for a while it cuts down on some of the bitterness of the kale and i think enhances the overall flavors of the salad quite a bit! i will have to post one of my favorite recipes… thanks for stopping by Martha Stoever!

  8. 2weeksinthemountains says:

    I absolutely love kale, and this recipe looks delicious. I hope you survive your vegetarian experiment! My husband and I end up eating about 3 or 4 vegetarian meals a week. At first he had a hard time (meat being necessary to manliness, or so many guys think) but after he realized that veggies could actually be tasty, and that eating vegetarian meals doesn’t mean eating carrot sticks for every meal, he has been fully on-board. Check out my post on Brussels Sprouts: http://littlehouseinthemountains.com/2012/02/04/brussels-sprouts-for-everyone/ for another idea. Happy cooking!

  9. annatheodoraphotography says:

    aaaah, so beautiful and yummy! :D

    And I read the post about you, here in my city most people I know eat products from local farmers, everything fresh, and some cultivate herbs in the garden as well (almost all the herbs I use come from my garden)…

    I get that in most parts of USA there’s a hard winter, but I really don’t get how can people eat canned or frozen pre-cooked food ALL the time…

    I lived in USA for one year, as an exchange student… I got 15kg fatter in that period and it took me 2 years to lose it all in a healthy way.

    • Anastasia says:

      Ohm, I think I’m safely out of the age group that orders pizza for dinner every night and buys frozen pre-made meals. But you are right – food convenience is part of the culture, but I think it’s getting healthier and healthier though. We are lucky to be in Northern California, where greens grow the whole year round. But take it easy on the States – everyone has something to be proud off – Europe and its smoking, Russia, and its drinking (and smoking), US, and its eating, of course… ;-)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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