Apr 9

Strawberry & Kale Salad Recipe with Feta Cheese

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This is a kale salad that you will not be able to stop eating. Sweet strawberries and creamy feta cheese add flavor in all the right ways.
Strawberry & Kale Salad Recipe with Feta Cheese | cookincanuck.com #kale #vegetarian

It was inevitable. The slivered almonds were perfect for this salad. I set them in the pan to toast and then turned to chop the kale and strawberries. And then came the smell that I’ve come to know so well.

Scorched nuts. It sounds like the punchline of a bad joke or the title of a low-budget movie. In my world, we’re on the sequel…times 50. I’m a slow learner.

Strawberry & Kale Salad Recipe with Feta Cheese | cookincanuck.com #kale #vegetarian

And that is how we ended up with hazelnuts in this salad instead of almonds.

A very happy accident.

Strawberry & Kale Salad Recipe with Feta Cheese | cookincanuck.com #kale #vegetarian

The rest is a breeze from there. Toss tender chopped kale in a bowl with fresh, sweet strawberries, creamy feta cheese and those perfectly (!) toasted hazelnuts, and finish it off with a quick citrus dressing.

Strawberry & Kale Salad Recipe with Feta Cheese | cookincanuck.com #kale #vegetarian

Thanks to the kale and strawberries, this salad is rich in vitamins A, B, C and K, and iron. It’s a powerhouse and could beat up an iceberg lettuce salad with both hands tied behind its back.

If you want to make this into a dinner salad, top it off with chopped cooked chicken or seared shrimp.

Other strawberry recipes:

Strawberry Recipes | cookincanuck.com #strawberry
Cookin’ Canuck’s Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail
Cookin’ Canuck’s Healthy Strawberries & Cream Scones
My Whole Food Life’s Strawberry Creme Truffles
Beard & Bonnet’s Strawberry, Banana, Oat Smoothie {Gluten-Free & Vegan}
Naturally Ella’s Strawberry Granola Muffins

Strawberry & Kale Salad with Feta Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: About 1 1/2 cups

Calories per serving: 169 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 12.7g / Saturated Fat 2.7g

Strawberry & Kale Salad with Feta Cheese

Calories 169.9 / Total Fat 12.7g / Saturated Fat 2.7g / Cholesterol 9.5mg / Sodium 213.9mg / Total Carbohydrates 12.1g / Fiber 3.2g / Sugars 4.9g / Protein 4.6g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 5


    The salad:
  • 4-5 large kale leaves, stems removed, leaves chopped (about 5 cups)
  • 1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 ½ oz. (1/4 cup) crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tbsp toasted chopped hazelnuts
  • The dressing:
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp agave nectar or honey
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper


    The salad:
  1. Place the kale in a colander and massage in warm running water until tender.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the kale, strawberries, feta cheese and hazelnuts. Toss gently.
  3. The dressing:
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, olive oil, agave nectar (or honey), salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve.


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1 Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living April 9, 2014 at 6:23 am

Love the dressing you came up with for this beautiful salad Dara!


2 Heidi @foodiecrush April 9, 2014 at 7:32 am

I eat a version of this salad at least twice a week for lunch! I love leafy greens with strawberries and almonds, and the cheese! Just icing on the healthy cake!


3 Katrina @ WVS April 9, 2014 at 8:11 am

I love the looks of this salad. I make a similar one with goats cheese, but feta sounds great too!


4 cheri April 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

What a beautiful salad! love the salad dressing. The feta is a good contrast with the sweet strawberries.


5 Helen @ Scrummy Lane April 9, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Oh my goodness, I love this! Feta cheese goes so so well with any fruit, and any kind of nut works well in the mix, too. I often end up adding ingredients just because I have them, as well … sometimes it works but other times … nah, not so much! Glad that this worked out so well for you!
Pinning on my healthy pinterest board!


6 Kirsten June 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Last weekend I visited my folks to help them pack up for a move from the retirement community to an independent living facility. That means leaving their community garden plot, and my dad harvested no kidding a trash bag full of kale for me.
Since AnnieRie has been raving about strawberries from Larriland farms, and I drive right past the sign for them when I’m barely into my 500 mile drive home, I decided to swing by and pick up several quarts of fresh strawberries.
All the way home I was envisioning ways to use the kale and the strawberries, and yes–a kale and strawberry salad did pop into my brain!
I’ve already used them all putting up strawberry jam and strawberry salsa, but I’ve still got kale and now my patch of strawberries is starting to ripen–thanks for a wonderful idea!


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