A beautifully bright kale salad with brussels sprouts & red cabbage in lemon garlic vinaigrette topped with Asiago cheese, cherry tomatoes & Asiago croutons.

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Lemon Asiago Kale Salad

At the beginning of 2022 I had the great idea of eating a salad everyday for the year. Since 91% of people don't achieve their New Year's Resolutions, I don't really need to tell you how that's going. 

What did come out of it were some delicious salad recipes that wasn't boring lettuce and store bought dressing and calling it a "salad". A good salad should be full of colors, texture and flavors. This kale salad hits all of those marks. 

  • Kale
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Red Cabbage
  • Asiago Cheese
  • Lemons
  • Garlic
  • Honey or Agave
  • Shallot
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Bread

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Massage the Kale

Massaging kale softens the leaves so they aren't so tough and less bitter. Some recipes massage kale in oil and salt. I prefer not to use either. I'm not the most health conscience person, however I want to control the portions of each of these especially when I will be adding dressing in addition. Those calories and sodium levels in add up quickly.

Instead I massage kale in water. Here's how to do it:
  1. Remove the stems and place the leaves in a bowl filled with cold water. 
  2. Gently massage the leaves in bowl till they become a vibrant green and begin to slightly wilt. 
The kale will further breakdown as it sits in the dressing giving you even more tender leaves.

How To Store & Make Ahead 

For the vinaigrette, mix the ingredients and store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Follow the directions for making the asiago croutons store in air tight container in a dry cool place for up to 4 days.

For the salad, wash and chopped or shred all the veggies and message the kale. Toss in a large bowl and cover tightly in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. The salad will stay fresh for about 3 days. 

To serve, pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Top with asiago cheese and croutons and cherry tomatoes. The salad can be served as an entree for 4 or a starter/side for 8 people. If you plan on use it a an entree I suggest adding some protein like salmon or tofu. 

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Tips For Making This Recipe
  • Massage the kale for a more tender and less bitter salad.
  • This salad can easily be served as a side salad for 8 or an entree for lunch or dinner for 4.
  • If you plan on use it a an entree, I suggest adding some protein like salmon or tofu. 
  • Make it Paleo: Omit the asiago cheese & croutons from the recipe. Make it Keto: For a Keto version of the dressing, replace the maple syrup with a sugar free syrup like Lakanto Maple Syrup