Parmesan Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

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If you’re looking for a tasty way to incorporate more leafy greens into your diet, this is it! This kale salad is tossed with parmesan, lemon, and pine nuts for a bright and fresh flavor combination you won’t be able to resist!

Want to see more summer salad ideas? I’ve got you covered! This watermelon arugula salad, Summer cobb and saladAnd triple berry kale saladThese are only a few of my favorites. They have incredible flavor! My complete list of salad recipe can be found here Here.

Top-down view of kale salad in a brown serving bowl, garnished with a lemon.

Delicious Kale Salad Recipe

It has been hot, hot, hot in Utah and so I’ve been gravitating towards recipes that are fresh and cool. This incredible lemon parmesan and kale salad quickly became a favorite of mys! This combination of fresh kale and garlic with shredded parmesan, crunchy nuts, and a lemony dressing is something I love. It’s everything you could want from a summer salad- it’s fresh, light, flavOderful, and has the most amazing texture! Don’t get me wrong- I love a good caesar or wedgeSalad loaded with dressings and toppings is great, but sometimes simplicity is better!

This amazing kale slaw is perfect for that. This kale salad is so simple but packed with incredible flavor. It takes only a few ingredients (dressing included) to put it together. It’s the perfect addition to any potluck. This salad is perfect for any meal! You’ve got to try it out!

What ingredients are needed to make your salad?

This easy, budget-friendly salad has only a few ingredients. Most of the ingredients you need are already in your home. Because this kale salad recipe is so simple, it’s great for customizing. You can combine and match toppings according to your taste!

  • Kale Leaves: You’ll want these to be washed and chopped. Baby kale has a delicate flavor so I prefer it!
  • Lemon Juice For the best taste, use fresh lemon juice!
  • Olive Oil: Allows all seasonings and flavors to stick to the greens.
  • GarlicMinced garlic makes this kale salad delicious.
  • Kosher Salt: I like using kosher salt for salads because it doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste that table salt does.
  • Cracked Black Pepper: To enhance the overall flavor of your kale-salad, you can add salt to taste.
  • Parmesan CheeseParmesan makes everything better! You can make the best flavor by grating your own parmesan!
  • Pine NutsThese are my favorite crunch. You don’t like pine nuts? No worries! No problem!

How to Make the Best Kale Salad

This salad and dressing is perfect for busy moms. They take only 10 minutes to make. It’s a quick and easy side dish to keep on repeat all summer!

  1. Prep Kale The ribs and stems should be removed from the kale leaf leaves. Break the kale leaves into small pieces.
  2. Rinse: Put the chopped kale into a colander. Then rinse with warm running water.
  3. Dry: To drain the kale, use a colander or a salad spinner. Next, transfer the kale into a large container. Mixing bowl.
  4. Toast Nuts: (Optional) Toast the nuts in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant. Stir frequently. Set aside. Toasting nuts always brings out the flavor, but it isn’t necessary.
  5. Whisk Together Dressing: In a small bowl, add olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined and pour over salad.
  6. Toss: Using clean hands, gently massage the dressing into the salad mixture.
  7. Garnish: Top the massaged kale salad with parmesan cheese and toasted nuts. Serve and enjoy!
3-photo collage of salad and dressing being prepared.

Delicious Ways to Customize Your Salad

The bright, savory flavor of this kale salad works well with so many different mix-ins! Here are a few more to try.

  • Add Croutons: Croutons are a great way to add more crunch to your salad. They’ll absorb the delicious lemon dressing, too! Try making some from scratch with this recipe.
  • Swap Dressing: Although I love the combination of lemon and garlic, some other fun dressings to try with this salad are honey mustard and Italian.
  • More Mix-Ins: Try adding in other chopped nuts like pecans, cashews, or slivered almonds. Things like sunflower seeds or dried fruit are great too for added flavor and texture!
  • Lemon Flavor: If you want more lemony goodness in your salad, try adding lemon zest to your dressing or toss it with your greens!

Storing Leftover Kale Salad

Kale is notorious for wilting quickly, so I recommend serving your salad as soon as possible. If you have leftovers, store them in the fridge in an airtight container or cover your bowl with plastic wrap. Your leftover kale salad will stay fresh for 1-2 days.

Closeup of a fork skewering a bite of lemon parmesan kale salad.


  • Remove the rib and stem from the kale leaves. Chop into bite-sized pieces.

  • Add the chopped kale to a colander and rinse with warm water.

  • Transfer the washed kale to a colander to drain or a salad spinner and spin.

  • Transfer the kale to a large bowl.

  • If you desire, toast the nuts in a skillet on medium heat until fragrant, stirring often. Set aside. Toasting nuts is a great way to bring out their flavor but it is not essential.

  • To a bowl, add olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth and add to salad.

  • Use clean hands to gently massage the dressing into your salad mixture.

  • Top the salad with parmesan cheese and toasted nuts. Enjoy!



Serves: 5

Serving1cupCalories111kcal (6%)Carbohydrates1gProtein3g (6%)Fat11g (17%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Polyunsaturated Fat3gMonounsaturated Fat6gCholesterol3mg (1%)Sodium197mg (8%)Potassium49mg (1%)Fiber0.3g (1%)Sugar0.4gVitamin A41IU (1%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium61mg (6%)Iron0.4mg (2%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish

Cuisine American

Keyword kale salad, kale salad recipes



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