The Best Kale Salad
Of all the salads I've tried, I think this is The Best Kale Salad. It's loaded with crispy bacon, toasted pecans, sweet tomatoes, and creamy avocado, and Boursin cheese. There are also some caramelized onions in here, which might sound a bit strange, but taste incredible. You will LOVE it!
I feel like I need to start by telling you that I really do believe that the title of this post is justified. I know that ‘the best' is a little out there. Boastful even. The thing is that at least a few times a week my dinner consists of a giant salad, 99.99% of the time a kale salad. And of the 1.24 billion (ish) kale salads that I've made, this one is, without any doubt, the best I've made.
It still holds that status even when I add in all the kale salads I've ordered in restaurants.
I'm starting to think kale might play too big a role in my life. Or not. Can that even be a thing?
The first time I made this it was really a ‘throw everything that's in the fridge into the salad bowl' kinda dinner. It rocked my world. Even the handsome man said it was the best salad he's ever had.
I've made it a few times since and loved it each time.
The thing is it has basically every flavor and texture there is so it's impossible not to love. ♥
There's creamy avocado, salty bacon, crunchy toasted pecans, bitter chewy kale, sweet dressing and caramelized onions and tart tomatoes. I think my favorite part is how the avocado coats everything in an almost cheese-like creaminess. And the caramelized onions. The sweet, delicious caramelized onions.
Or wait. What am I talking about? My favorite part is obviously the bacon. Bacon.
More seriously though it is how every bite seems to have a bit of everything that I love. Every good thing in each mouthful. ♥♥♥
I'd love to hear what you guys think of the salad if you make it. I know ‘the best' is highly personal and my fingers are crossed that you and I have similar tastes. I'm thinking that if it's not your first time here then there's a good possibility that we like at least some of the same things. Hope you love it as much as I do!
If you love The Best Kale Salad as much as I do, don't forget to give it a 5-star rating in the comments below!
The Best Kale Salad
If you love this recipe as much as we do, let us know with a 5-star rating!
- 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, or sub apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 small shallot, very finely minced
- 1 small garlic clove, very finely minced
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- A pinch of sea salt and pepper
- ¾ cup pecans
- 4 strips of bacon
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 4 cups curly kale, packed, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces, from about 4 stalks
- 2 tablespoons Boursin cheese, omit for paleo
- 1 medium carrot, grated
- 1 ripe avocado, chopped
- 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the white balsamic, honey, dijon mustard, shallot, and garlic. Slowly whisk in the oil in a slow and steady stream. Whisking the oil in slowly will help it to emulsify and become creamy. Season the dressing lightly with a pinch of sea salt and a few cranks of fresh cracked pepper.3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 small shallot, 1 small garlic clove, ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil, A pinch of sea salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375. Place the pecans on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 6-7 minutes, or until they are light brown and fragrant. Watch them carefully as they burn easily.¾ cup pecans
- Cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces and place them in a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry the bacon for 7-8 minutes, or until it is crispy but not burnt. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and, using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the pan. Remove all but 2 teaspoons of bacon fat from the pan Reserve the bacon fat for another recipe..4 strips of bacon
- Add the thinly sliced onions to the pan. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes, or until they are quite soft and light brown.1 large onion
- Add the kale, Boursin cheese, pecans, bacon, caramelized onions, carrot, avocado, cherry tomatoes to a large bowl. Toss with the dressing and serve immediately.4 cups curly kale, 2 tablespoons Boursin cheese, 1 medium carrot, 1 ripe avocado, 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
You got some really awesome salad recipes lady! Thank you!
The ABSOLUTELY best kale salad ever! Even my guys enjoy it as a complete meal!
I love this!! Are you a mind reader? It drives me crazy to flip back and forth in recipe between the instructions and the quantities needed!! I love the way you have all information needed at both places. Thank you so much for making this such a wonderful and useful recipe!!
It’s perfectly balanced, filling and DELICIOUS. No modifications needed, in my opinion. Thank you for this gem of a recipe!
This really is one of the most delicious salads I make. It is a staple for my lunches! I sub in pickled onions to make it a little easier and they give a nice bite to the salad.
Just made this salad! A new staple in this house! Absolutely delicious! Keep the recipes coming!
Yay! So great to hear!
I feel like it’s necessary to leave a review after making this salad because it was JUST THAT GOOD – my husband freaked out over it. I also made a flank steak which i put on top and it was amazing with this salad – especially with the boursin!!! Have made this salad again and again since. Just love how healthy but also delicious this is. Also great to make even if you don’t have all of the ingredients but some variation of, it’s still delicious and the salad dressing recipe is such a great base for any salad.
That’s so great to hear! Thank you for letting us know Kathryn!
Yup! This is the Best Kale salad recipe I’ve ever tried! Followed to the tee – YUMMMM! Now one of my go-to fix ups!
That’s so wonderful to hear!
Can you make this ahead of time, mix everything and it still will taste good or is it necessary to mix it all together just before you eat it? Want to take to potluck but don’t want it to go bad before I get to destination. Thanks!
Kale is pretty good at lasting a little while. What I would suggest though is to add all the ingredients to your salad bowl and put the dressing in a mason jar and put that in the bowl, too. When you get to your party, just quickly toss the salad before serving it. 🙂
I just made this for a potluck birthday party that I’m going to later and it looks UH-MAY-ZEEN!! The only thin I did differently was add grated, raw beets for the gorgeous color and another layer of texture… I CANNOT wait to try it! Will report back on what I and everyone else thought.
Good call on the beets!
Today, for the second day in a row, I am making this salad. This is, hands down THE BEST SALAD, KALE OR OTHERWISE, that I’ve ever tasted! The combination of ingredients and textures was amazing! I made it for a dinner with friends last night and the dish was emptied; everyone loved it! Tonight, my husband and I are enjoying it again. Thankful that I can use kale and carrots from my own garden.
Please don’t miss the chance to try this delicious explosion of tastes with kale.
I’m thrilled that you love this recipe! Thank you for taking the time to come back and let us know!
This is hands down my favorite Kale salad of all times!! Thank you!!
Yay! I’m so happy you agree!
This was excellent. We used ACV and feta cheese. A new fave salad that will surely be served often. Thank you!
I’m so happy you love the recipe!!
Loved it. I used feta cheese but I’m sure any other would be just as good.
Yay! I’m so happy to hear that!
Absolutely fantastic! I didn’t have the cheese but used parmesan instead. Can’t wait to try it with the cheese in the recipe. Thank you for sharing.
I love parmesan in this salad, too. I often shave it thick using a vegetable peeler. It’s so good in salads that way!
The best salad!! Taste delicious!
I’m so happy to hear you agree!
Very good. I probably still slightly prefer a Kale BLT salad, but my wife has a more discreet palate and she said this is the best salad I have ever made. And, our 3 and 5 year old boys each finished a bowl!
So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe!
Eating this now. It turned out really well. I would give it a second name of “cheeseburger topping salad”. Seems to have everything an amazing burger would… aside from the beef and bread. And I definitely thought of cheeseburgers while eating it. yum. Thanks for introducing us to Boursin Cheese!
I love it! Might just have to serve it in a burger next time!!
Made this salad last weekend and it was just as the name proclaimed. It is definitely THE BEST Kale salad ever. Easy and ingredients I had on hand. There were no leftovers as my husband ate more than half the bowl! I have already made it again and look forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks for posting so many delicious looking ones to choose from!
That makes me so happy to hear!!
This was very delicious! I tried it over the weekend and it was a hit! Thank you for sharing this great salad recipe!
That makes me so happy to hear! Hooray!!
You’re right … this is THE BEST! I served it with some grilled chicken and it was the perfect dinner.
Yaaaa! So happy you agree!
i made it last night and its super deli… I will definitely make this again and again.
I’m so happy you liked it as much as I do!
Mmmmm I’m so hungry all of a sudden. I’m probably the only pregnant woman who’s craving salad 24/7. Beautiful food!
Haha I totally get you girl! When I was pregnant all I wanted was fruit and veggies. I spent a whole month eating mandarin oranges like nobody’s business lol. Your body knows what it needs!
WOW, This is an amazing recipe! Kale salads are normally a miss for me but figured I’d try this one out because I love all of your recipes and I was not disappointed. Only thing we did differently was throwing a chicken breast on it. Will be making again!
That makes me so happy to hear! Hooray for a winning kale salad!!
Gosh this baby looks a m a z I n g!!! We’re right in the middle of a salad obsession at the moment and I can’t wait to try this. I’m not sure I’ll be able to find Boursin cheese in NZ – is it similar to feta? Ricotta? Thanks x
I’m so the same this time of year! It’s all about salads! Boursin has a texture that is similar to whipped goat cheese and is lightly flavored with herbs. Shaved parmesan would be quite different but also really delicious in this recipe. 🙂
This looks phenomenal! I love any salad based on kale. And that dressing sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try it!
Thank you so much!!!
THE BEST SALAD EVER!!
I’m so happy to hear you think so, too!
I made this salad last night and it was delicious! I have always massgee the dressing into the kale leaves when making kale salads. I used half the dressing and massaged it into the kale, then put all other ingredients, accept avocado on top and covered it in the fridge for about 3 hours. At serving time, I added the avocado and the remaining dressing and tossed it all together. It was fantastic and looks so nice with the colourful veggies.
Thank you so much for your comment! Another reader had asked if the salad could be made ahead of time. I had expected that it could, but it is so great to know for sure. Thank you!
Could this be made a day or two ahead, without the avocado, which could then be added just before serving?
You can definitely make all the components a few days ahead of time but I wouldn’t toss it together until you’re ready to eat it. I have eaten this as leftovers a few days after and it’s ok but not awesome. I would recommend making the dressing, toasting the nuts, caramelizing the onions and even cleaning the kale in advance to save you time the day of.
Hope that helps!
This looks as if it’s meant for me!!! Looks like a perfect healthy and delicious meal altogether.. gonna try it
Thank’s, Fa! It really is my favourite salad. 🙂
Delicious with lots of different textures. I will make this again.
So happy to hear you enjoyed this!
I finally made this salad last night and it is amazing. It surely is the best kale salad I ever had! Thank you.
This looks and sounds delicious! I will definitely try this. I have made many ‘best’ kale salads, only to be disappointed.
I hope you love it as much as I do. Let me know what you think once you’ve made it. I’d love to hear your feedback!