Jun 23
2014

Chopped Kale Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola & Dijon Yogurt Dressing

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Everything is better with Gorgonzola cheese! Perk up this healthy, crunchy kale salad with creamy Gorgonzola, roasted red peppers and an easy Dijon yogurt dressing.
Chopped Kale Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola & Dijon Yogurt Dressing | cookincanuck.com

It was a proud parenting moment when I found my younger son (T) sitting on the side of our raised garden beds, chewing on a raw kale leaf.

“What is this, Mum? It’s pretty good. Can I give some to my friends?”

Of course, his baffled friends looked at him as though he was Looney tunes. Thankfully, that didn’t deter my little veggie lover. He started begging for kale smoothies every afternoon. Happy to oblige.

Kale

Last year was the first time that we grew kale in our garden and no idea that it would bounce back on its own. It had been covered by a blanket of snow for most of the winter. The good luck garden gnomes were watching out for our cruciferous friends!

Chopped Kale Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola & Dijon Yogurt Dressing | cookincanuck.com

I’ve always made salad with light vinaigrettes, like in my strawberry and feta cheese, pomegranate and avocado and grape and feta cheese versions. It was time to bust out something a little different.

Chopped Kale Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola & Dijon Yogurt Dressing | cookincanuck.com

I looked in my fridge and pantry, and just started pulling out ingredients – yogurt, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, agave nectar and olive oil. Whisk…and done!

Chopped Kale Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola & Dijon Yogurt Dressing | cookincanuck.com

Store-bought roasted red peppers can be used, but it’s so much cheaper to make your own at home. Check out my post on How to: Roast a Bell Pepper for the easy step-by-step directions. I always make extras and use them in sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes.

Other kale recipes:

Kale Recipes | cookincanuck.com
Cookin’ Canuck’s One-Pot Beet, Rosemary & Kale Arborio Rice Pilaf
Cookin’ Canuck’s Kale, Mushroom & Sun-Dried Tomato Lasagna Rolls {Vegetarian}
Foodiecrush’s Skinny Slow Cooker Kale & Turkey Meatball Soup
Running to the Kitchen’s Smashed White Bean & Kale Quesadillas with Creamy BBQ Dip
Gimme Some Oven’s Kale Salad with Warm Cranberry Vinaigrette

Chopped Kale Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola & Dijon Yogurt Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Calories per serving: 128 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 10.2g / Saturated Fat 2.9g

Chopped Kale Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola & Dijon Yogurt Dressing

Calories 128.4 / Total Fat 10.2g / Saturated Fat 2.9g / Cholesterol 10.1mg / Sodium 321.1mg / Total Carbohydrates 7.8g / Fiber 1.9g / Sugars 1.3g / Protein 4.8g / WW (Old Points) 3 / WW (Points+) 4

Ingredients

    The salad:
  • 4-5 large kale leaves, stems removed, leaves chopped (about 5 cups)
  • 1 (2 halves) roasted red pepper, cut into small strips
  • 1 ½ oz. (1/4 cup) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • The dressing:
  • 1 tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp agave nectar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

    The salad:
  1. Place the kale in a colander and massage in warm running water until tender.
  2. In a large bowl, combine, roasted red pepper strips and Gorgonzola cheese. Toss gently.
  3. The dressing:
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, agave and salt. While whisking gradually pour in the olive oil.
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve.

Notes

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1 Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness June 23, 2014 at 4:24 am

So the fact that he wanted to give some kale to his friends just made my heart melt. ADORBS!
I need to eat more kale. I just always forget about it…I don’t know since it’s kinda everywhere. This is sounding like a good way to get into it! YUMMO! Pinned!

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2 Ali | Gimme Some Oven June 23, 2014 at 6:31 am

Your garden looks awesome! As does this salad. Love that gorgonzola! :)

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3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 23, 2014 at 6:36 am

Love that you are growing kale in your backyard!!!!!

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4 KalynsKitchen June 23, 2014 at 8:35 am

Having a serious case of garden envy here! And the salad sounds delicious.

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5 Christine from Cook the Story June 23, 2014 at 8:42 am

Your garden sounds awesome and your salad looks delicious!

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6 Rachel June 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Yummy! I love kale salads! I am growing kale for the first time this year. Any tips? Thanks!

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7 Dara June 30, 2014 at 8:03 am

Thanks, Rachel! I wish I could give you all sorts of pearls of wisdom, but I feel as though we’ve just been lucky. My husband planted the kale in our raised bed, using organic soil. It gets full sun for a good portion of the day and we water regularly (it can get pretty hot here). Good luck with your kale!

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8 Millie l Add A Little June 24, 2014 at 1:13 am

Mmmm looks so delciious!

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9 Kari@Loaves n Dishes June 24, 2014 at 8:40 am

How awesome is it that your little guy loves healthy kale?! While I adore kale, for me a salad is only as good as its dressing, and this is one mighty fine dressing!

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10 Olivia - Primavera Kitchen June 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

What a great garden you have!!! So nice you are growing kale in your backyard ;-) Love kale salad. I always make it at home. We enjoy a lot. And your dressing is amazing ;-)

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11 Carol at Wild Goose Tea June 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Wow you aren’t kidding your kale bounced up. Impressive. You HAD to make this salad. Simply delicious. I love the color of kale. I like that you put a bit of red in there to highlight that greenness.

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12 Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens June 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Ok … so you had me with that very first statement … everything really IS better with Gorgonzola cheese! But then it just got better and better! A happy kiddo snacking on kale gardenside? Awesome! Roasted red peppers and a healthy dressing featuring Greek yogurt?!? My, oh my! This is kale salad nirvana! Pinning as fast as my little fingers can! :D

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13 Louise July 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm

You mentioned agave in your text but not in your recipe. Did you put it in, and if so, how much? Thanks.

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14 Dara July 9, 2014 at 3:34 pm

I’m sorry about that, Louise! I edited the recipe to include the agave nectar.

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15 Theatrenut July 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm

This is absolutely delicious. I love Dijon mustard and will make this dressing often. The salad is a wonderful combination, and I’m happy to learn about the technique of running warm water over the raw kale. First meal, I ate it as is; second I added some grilled shrimp I had on hand; third I added chopped pecans.

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16 Dara July 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this! And I love your ideas for varying the salad on different days.

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