Strawberry Kale Salad

This strawberry kale salad works great as a starter to serve before your main entrée but you can also top it with lean protein and have it as a meal.

Perfectly ripe, freshly picked strawberries might just be my favorite summertime fruit. And store-bought berries simply don’t compare. I grew up picking fresh berries with my mom but don’t do it regularly as an adult for some reason! I see that changing now that Olivia is here. I can’t wait to take her with me even if she won’t quite remember.

Freshly Picked Strawberries

A few years ago, I visited my cousin and her new baby, June in North Carolina and we went to the strawberry patch at Gillis Hill Farm. It was so fun to hunt for the best looking berries and taste test a few along the way. 😉 We went home with our bounty of berries and made this strawberry salad and strawberry lemon sangria. It was the best way to celebrate summer!

Strawberry Picking Gals

Strawberry Kale Salad Ingredients:

  • baby kale – kale is basically a superfood! It’s packed with nutrients like vitamins A, C and K and low in calories.
  • strawberries – besides tasting amazing, strawberries are packed with fiber and surprisingly a lot of water!
  • cucumber – you might be surprised to learn that cucumbers actually have a lot of important vitamins and minerals! Make sure to keep the peel on for maximum benefits.
  • fresh mint leaves – mint adds amazing flavor to this salad and can help with digestion.
  • crumbled feta
  • dried cranberries
  • roasted sunflower seeds
  • balsamic dressing

Strawberry Summer Salad

This salad is amazingly flavorful, especially if you’re using fresh strawberries. The berries steal the show but you’ll also get a pop of flavor from the fresh mint, a chewy sweetness from the dried cranberries, a little salt from the feta and a nice crunch from the roasted sunflower seeds.

You may find that you don’t need much dressing at all, maybe just a drizzle of oil and balsamic vinegar. If you do want to make your own balsamic vinaigrette dressing, check out the dressing that I use on my detox salad. It’s what I used and it was delicious!

Strawberry Summer Salad

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Strawberry Kale Salad

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This strawberry salad works great as a starter to serve before your main entrée but you can also top it with lean protein (like grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu) and have it as your meal.


  • 5 ounces baby kale (I used Earthbound Organics)
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint leaves, thinly chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (fruit juice sweetened)
  • 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • balsamic dressing, for topping


  1. Place kale in a large mixing bowl, top with all remaining ingredients and mix well. Portion salad into bowls for serving.
  2. Serve with balsamic dressing and enjoy!
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving without dressing
  • Calories: 141
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 31mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Baby Kale and Strawberry Summer Salad

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    1. Lucy
      August 16, 2018 AT 11:44 am

      Is 5oz definitely correct for amount of kale? Seems small – doesn’t that correlate to around 1/2 a cup? Just making sure I’m understanding this correctly!

    2. JoAnn
      June 14, 2018 AT 1:35 pm

      Oh my goodness…this is an AWESOME salad. I’m starting a vegetarian lifestyle and this salad is going to be a definite go to.

    3. Debra K
      July 30, 2014 AT 8:13 pm

      Loving this salad, fresh and simple. We shared it on, thanks!

    4. Lauren
      June 5, 2014 AT 12:57 pm

      I’m obsessed with baby kale! I love how it isn’t as chewy as regular kale. This salad sounds like a winner – such a light and Summer dish!

    5. Heather Englund (@FitMamaRealFood)
      June 3, 2014 AT 1:26 am

      Love strawberry picking ! I went last week AND I have baby kale growing in my garden. Perfect timing for this? I think 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 4, 2014 AT 1:34 pm

        Yay!! Yes, definitely perfect timing. 🙂

    6. Hillary
      June 2, 2014 AT 1:02 pm

      beautiful post! i love strawberry kale salads.

    7. Mona
      June 2, 2014 AT 11:46 am

      Looks like fun. What a lovely day, topped off w memorable baby time!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 4, 2014 AT 1:33 pm

        Indeed. The baby time was the best. 🙂

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