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This Baby Kale Salad can and should be enjoyed year-round! It uses baby kale as a base, and is topped with grapefruit, tomatoes, burrata cheese, and a honey-mint vinaigrette that you'll want to eat by the spoonful!
Say hello to a very simple salad recipe: this baby kale salad!
Honestly, it kind of reminds me of my burrata peach salad because it's SIMPLE yet incredibly flavorful at the same time.
The thing is, I don't love grapefruit, so I'm trying to find fun ways to incorporate it into my diet. While I love my grapefruit smoothie, this salad is now my favorite way to do so. It's tastes light and fresh, mostly due to the minimal ingredients and the fresh mint leaves.
- A great way to use up garden tomatoes, fresh mint and/or grapefruit
- Can easily be customized to your liking (see below for other options)
- The vinaigrette is made with avocado oil OR olive oil and is absolutely delicious
Baby kale - Or sub other kale varieties, like curly kale or lacinato kale, instead. Alternatively, you could use arugula, baby spinach or even mixed greens as a base if you prefer.
Grapefruit - No substitution! It's one of the main ingredients.
Tomatoes - Any variety will work (I used a vine ripe tomato and it worked great)
Burrata - Or try fresh mozzarella cheese or even feta cheese instead.
Fresh mint - Mint leaves are a must for this salad! You can opt to only use them in the dressing, or to add a few to the actual salad as well.
Oil - I used avocado oil because it's pretty neutral tasting and I had just purchased a large bottle from Costco. You can also use high quality extra virgin olive oil -- both work really well in this recipe. I don't recommend using canola oil or coconut oil.
White wine vinegar - Or substitute champagne vinegar for a slightly sweeter flavor.
Step 1: Make the vinaigrette. Whisk the oil, vinegar, honey, mint, mustard, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl or jar; set aside.
Step 2: Make the salad. Next, spread the kale out onto a large platter, or divide it into bowls. Top it with the grapefruit, tomato and burrata cheese, along with any additional salad toppings you'd like.
Step 3: Assemble. Drizzle the honey mint vinaigrette overtop and enjoy!
Tips and tricks
- Want to bulk this salad up? Try adding sliced almonds or chopped walnuts, sliced apple, thinly sliced radishes, dried cranberries, and/or chickpeas (plain or roasted).
- If you're not using baby kale and using regular kale instead, consider chopping it into bite-sized pieces so it's easier to eat.
- Make ahead: To save time, you can make the vinaigrette in advance and store it in a sealed jar in the refrigerator until you're ready to make the salad.
- As with most salads, I don't recommend adding the dressing on top until you're ready to eat/serve it; otherwise, the lettuce will get soggy.
Can this baby kale salad be made vegan?
Of course! Simply omit the burrata cheese altogether, or substitute your favorite plant-based cheese or nuts (think: almonds, walnuts, pecans) instead.
Do I need to massage baby kale?
In my opinion, no. It's significantly less bitter than traditional kale, and therefore the massaging step isn't necessary. You can if you'd like to though!
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Baby Kale Salad with Honey-Mint Vinaigrette
for the vinaigrette:
- Start by making the vinaigrette: whisk the oil, vinegar, honey, mint, dijon, salt, and pepper together in a bowl or small jar; set aside.
- Next, assemble the salad: place the baby kale on a large platter, or divide it into two bowls. Top with the grapefruit, tomato and burrata cheese, then drizzle some of the vinaigrette overtop. Enjoy!