The BEST Kale Salad Recipe is packed with so much flavor yet such a light and healthy salad! Kale with romaine, pecans, feta cheese, bacon, sunflowers, and tangerines tossed in our delicious Homemade Dressing.

A white salad bowl loaded with kale salad mixed in the dressing.

This salad is tossed in a homemade Salad Dressing. Try our other homemade dressings like the classic homemade Ranch Dressing or our Greek Salad dressing.

BEST KALE SALAD-

You are not going to regret making this hearty salad recipe! The kale combined with the romaine, feta cheese, bacon, craisins, pecans, and tangerines gives you such a big and flavor-packed salad!

This is such a healthy salad and you can have it ready in no time, making it a great party salad!

Kale salad unmixed with all the ingredients laid out.

INGREDIENTS FOR KALE SALAD-

  • Kale– You want to use fresh kale for this salad and be sure to slice as thin as you can.
  • Romaine– Fresh romaine adds crispness.
  • Cheese– For this salad you want to use Feta cheese.
  • Onion– Red onion works best for this salad but also totally opt out of the onion.
  • Pecans– Halved, chopped or whole pecans will work great for this salad!
  • Tangerines– We use canned tangerines for this salad but you can also use fresh tangerines(cuties) if you don’t have canned.
  • Bacon– Chopped cooked bacon is called for this recipe. We love using our Air Fryer Bacon for this recipe.
  • Sunflowers– Add crunchiness.
  • Craisins– You can use craisins, or your favorite dried fruit.
  • Dressing– The dressing we used was our Poppy Seed Dressing.
Do I use raw kale? Yes, you want to use uncooked kale for this salad recipe.
A white salad bowl with kale salad and the poppy seed dressing being poured into the salad.

HOW TO MAKE KALE SALAD-

Making this kale salad is so easy and simple, you can have it ready in under 10 minutes!

  1. Make the dressing– Prep the homemade dressing.
  2. Prep veggies– Chop up your kale and romaine, slice the onion and add to a large salad bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients for the salad into the salad bowl.
  3. Combine– Toss with the dressing and serve.

MAKING AHEAD-

This salad is great to make for gatherings or when having an event and you can even make this salad ahead of time!

  1. Make the salad and dressing up to one day in advance, just don’t toss. Keep refrigerated tightly.
  2. Then, just add the dressing and toss before serving.
A white salad bowl with kale salad and the poppy seed dressing being poured into the salad.

MORE SALAD RECIPES-

We love that Salads can be served as a side dish or a main course for lunch or dinner. Here are some of our favorite salads:

Kale Salad Recipe

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5 from 3 votes
The BEST Kale Salad Recipe packed with so much flavor yet such a light and healthy salad! Kale with romaine, pecans, feta cheese, bacon, sunflowers, and tangerines tossed in our delicious Homemade Dressing.
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1 head of romaine chopped
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 red onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 15 oz canned tangerines drained or 2 fresh clementines
  • 8 oz cooked bacon chopped
  • 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup craisins
  • double portion of poppy seed dressing

Instructions

  • Prepare a double portion of the poppy seed dressing.
  • In a large salad bowl, add the chopped kale, romaine, feta cheese, sliced onion, pecans, tangerines, cooked bacon, sunflower seeds, and craisins.
  • Toss the salad, drizzle in the poppy seed dressing and then toss again until well incorporated.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 556kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 19gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 1214mgPotassium: 567mgFiber: 3gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 3755IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 2mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)