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 in a white basket.

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!

Two women looking at the camera smiling, one of the women is carrying a baby in a wrap across her body.

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.
  • balsamic dressing – this amazing dressing ties the salad together.
Strawberry Summer Salad in a bowl.

Notes and Substitutions

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.
  • Add protein – want to enjoy this as a meal-sized salad? Add a protein of your choice! I’ve served it up with grilled chicken, but it would be delicious with crispy tofu or roasted chickpeas.
  • Add red onion – want a little added zip?! Add sliced or diced red onion to the salad.
  • Switch up the fruit or add more fruit – I think this would be delicious with apples or blueberries as well!
  • Swap the seeds for nuts – not a fan of sunflower seeds? You can swap the sunflower seeds for pecans or almonds. These rosemary candied pecans would be a great addition.
Strawberry Summer Salad in a bowl.

What to Serve with Strawberry Kale Salad

This is a great recipe to bring to a potluck or to serve as a meal. Here are some recipes that would be delicious with it:

Strawberry Summer Salad in a bowl.

More Summer Salad Recipes to Try:

More Recipes with Kale to Try:

Strawberry Kale Salad

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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.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 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


  • Prep salad: Place kale in a large mixing bowl, top with all remaining ingredients and mix well. Portion salad into bowls for serving.
  • Serve: Drizzle dressing over salad and toss or portion the salad and pass around the dressing to serve.


Different dressing – craving a different dressing? This creamy poppyseed dressing and creamy balsamic vinaigrette are both delicious on this salad! 
Red onion – feel free to add 1/4 cup sliced red onion to this salad for extra flavor.


Serving: 1serving without dressing Calories: 141kcal Carbohydrates: 18g Protein: 5g Fat: 6g Sodium: 31mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 13g
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry kale 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. 🙂

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