Grilled Kale Salad With Avocado, Lemon & Parm
This grilled kale salad is paired with avocado, lemon, garlic, toasted pecans, and parmesan. Grilling kale makes it SO flavourful and a little crispy – it’s one of my favourite salad recipes to date!
So I know I’ve said in the past that massaged kale salads are the BEST way to enjoy kale. Well, I wasn’t wrong, but I clearly had never tried GRILLING kale before.
Let’s just say…the two cooking methods are now tied for the best way to eat kale haha.
Anyway – if you haven’t tried grilling kale before, you are in for a serious treat! The kale gets so flavourful and a little crispy – it’s like raw kale, sautéed kale, and kale chips all in one.
This kale salad recipe is paired with super simple toppings like grilled avocado and lemon, garlic powder, toasted pecans, and some freshly grated parmesan. It’s just 9 ingredients, but it tastes SO good. I can’t wait for you to try it!
Let’s get cooking.
All you need to make this grilled kale salad are 9 simple, healthy ingredients (many of which you likely have already!):
How To Grill Kale
Grilling kale is incredibly easy and SO worth the extra little bit of effort! The flavour of it is just incredible.
Start by washing kale leaves and drying them well with a towel. Slice off any large stems that don’t have any leaves on them.
Place kale leaves in a large mixing bowl and gently toss them with olive oil and salt. I just mix things up with my hands. It’s a little messy, but no need to be perfect here!
Next, place the kale leaves in a single layer on your grill (heated to medium). Grill them for 1-2 minutes each side, depending on your grill and the size of the leaves.
You want them to be charred, but not burnt to a crisp. Work in batches if you need to.
Remove kale leaves from the grill and set aside to cool for a few minutes (during this time you can toast the pecans for this recipe).
Once cool enough to touch, tear kale leaves off of stems into smaller pieces. Add the rest of the salad ingredients, toss, and enjoy!
Leftovers of this grilled kale salad will keep for 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
The best thing about kale is that it doesn’t go soggy. That said, I doubt leftovers of this salad will last that long 😉
Note – if you’re intentionally planning to eat this salad at a later date, I would advise NOT grilling the avocado with the kale and keeping the toasted pecans separate. Instead, add slices of fresh avocado and toasted pecans right before eating!
What To Serve With Grilled Kale Salad
While you can definitely enjoy this grilled kale salad on it’s own, I would highly recommend pairing it with your favourite protein!
It would taste great with a simple baked salmon or chicken. Or, you can throw a hard-boiled egg or some roasted chickpeas on there too.
Here are some more easy protein ideas to pair it with:
- Garlic Shrimp With Smoked Paprika & Honey
- Honey Lemon Oven-Baked Salmon With Thyme
- Crispy Turmeric Salmon
- Crispy Baked Tofu With Maple Miso Sauce
- Salmon With Coconut Honey & Lime
- Easy Curry Tofu Scramble
- Honey Mustard Garlic Shrimp
- Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- The Best Canned Salmon Burger
To make this recipe vegan or dairy-free, simply swap the parmesan for a vegan alternative OR sprinkle some nutritional yeast over top for the same cheesy effect!
This recipe is naturally gluten-free.
Health & Nutrition Benefits of Kale
I probably don’t have to tell you that kale is healthy, but let me show you why!
Just one cup of kale provides over 100% of your daily needs for:
- vitamin A (206%)
- vitamin K (684%)
- vitamin C (134%)
Kale is also a good source of other micronutrients like:
- vitamin B6
That same cup provides 2 grams of dietary fibre, helping to keep your gut and heart happy.
In addition to micronutrients, kale is also loaded with antioxidants, which prevent cellular damage and provide a multitude of health benefits. Kale is truly a superfood!
More Delicious Kale Recipes
- Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash With Kale
- Kale Butternut Squash Salad With Farro & Goat Cheese
- Vegan Kale & Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad
- Massaged Kale Salad With Sweet Potato, Pomegranate & Goat Cheese
- Sweet Potato Hash With Red Pepper & Kale
- Roasted Butternut Squash With Kale & Spicy Coconut Cream
- Massaged Kale Salad With Maple Tahini Dressing
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Get the Recipe: Grilled Kale Salad With Avocado, Lemon & Parmesan
- Heat grill to medium.
- Wash kale leaves and pat dry with a towel. Slice avocado and lemon in half.
- In a large bowl, toss kale leaves with about 2 Tbsp of olive oil (enough to coat) and salt (as desired).
- Place avocado and lemon face-down on the grill and leave them there while you add the kale. Grill pieces of kale 1-2 minutes each side, keeping an eye on them to avoid burning. You want them slightly soft and browned (a little crisp is totally ok/recommended)! Work in batches as needed.
- Remove kale, avocado, and lemon from grill and set aside on a plate. Let cool.
- Meanwhile, heat pan on the stove over medium. Toast pecans for about 5 minutes (stirring frequently), or until they are lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Once kale is cool to touch, tear leaves off of hard stems. Add smaller pieces of kale leaves to a serving platter or bowl. Slice avocado and add to salad, along with 1/4 cup olive oil, toasted pecans, freshly grated parmesan, garlic powder, and extra salt + pepper (as desired). Squeeze lemon juice over top, toss well, and enjoy!
As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.
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