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.
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 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 – feel free to purchase feta cheese crumbles or a log of feta cheese that you crumble yourself. Either option works. If you’re not a feta cheese fan you can always swap in goat cheese or your favorite cheese.
dried cranberries – for some chewy sweetness.
roasted sunflower seeds – I prefer roasted sunflower seeds because they tend to have more flavor and crunch.
One of the reasons I love this salad is how customizable it is! Here are some suggestions for variations and substitutions:
Dairy-free and vegan – simply skip the feta cheese (or use a vegan option).
Different dressing – craving a different dressing? This creamy poppyseed dressing and creamy balsamic vinaigrette are both delicious on this salad! You may find that you don’t need much dressing at all, maybe just a drizzle of oil and balsamic vinegar. You could also check out the balsamic vinaigrette dressing I used on my detox salad. It’s delicious!
Add grains – I love adding grains to my salad for some extra volume and nutrients. Toss in cooked quinoa, rice or farro to make this a heartier salad.