This is the very BEST kale salad dressing recipe ever. I know that is a big claim, but I've been told it so many times and by so many people that it must be true. The honey helps balance kale's bitter flavor and the two types of vinegar (apple cider and balsamic) create an irresistible flavor.

Kale salad dressing in a glass jar with a spoon in it.

I've been told that this is the best kale salad dressing recipe ever. When I used to run an underground restaurant, this is the dressing that I would make when I served a kale salad. Each time, guests would rave about it. Even if you don't think you like kale, try it with this dressing. I bet you'll fall in love.

Why we think this kale salad dressing is the best one ever

  • It's sweet. Let's be honest, kale is bitter. It's what most people don't like about it. But all kale needs is a little help from some honey and suddenly that bitterness disappears. It's a little like magic.
  • Two types of vinegar. By using both apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar you create an incredible depth of flavor.
  • It's creamy. By slowly whisking in the oil (it only takes about a minute) you emulsify the oil and make the dressing creamy.
  • We've been told. ← we can't ignore all those rave reviews when talking about why this kale salad dressing is the best.

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Try it on our Roasted Beet and Kale Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts:

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BEST Kale Salad Dressing

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ¼ cups 1x
  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Whisk
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This is the very BEST kale salad dressing recipe ever. I know that is a big claim, but I've been told it so many times and by so many people that it must be true. The honey helps balance kale's bitter flavor and the two types of vinegar (apple cider and balsamic) create an irresistible flavor.


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Ingredients

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey (use maple syrup for vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves grated on a Microplane or very finely minced
  • A pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients into a 2-cup mason jar.
  2. Shake well until the ingredients are mixed together and the dressing is creamy.

Notes

This dressing will keep for a week in a jar in your fridge. The oil will solidify a little; run the jar under warm water and give it a shake before using it.

Note: the instructions used to say to whisk the oil into the other ingredients. We've changed the method as we found it works just as well this way and it is easier.

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