Warm Balsamic Kale Salad

Kale Salad

I’m gettin all healthy on ya today.

I’ve been at the grocery store A LOT lately. Grocery shopping has always been a weekly highlight for me, because obviously I live on the edge. Some people spend Saturday at the mall buying shoes; I spend Saturday at the grocery store buying new kinds of flour and chocolate. I mean, um, vitamins.

In one of my recent grocery trips, I discovered those bags of prewashed, precut kale in the produce section. I know, I’m a little behind the times and mayyyybe a little lazy in that I don’t like to spend one minute washing and cutting those huge kale leaves. But after living abroad for a year with a reduced number of fresh greens available and a thorough cleaning process required for all vegetables, my eyes popped out of my head and my jaw hit the floor when I saw this convenience superfood. They must know me.

Grocery shopping, though.

Something scary is happening to me, and it’s called I never want to go back to the grocery store ever again. Making the drive, zigzagging across the store to get what I need, waiting in line, bagging my stuff, awkwardly speed walking it out to my car because I’m apparently always in a hurry, and repeat that once, sometimes twice, daily for almost three weeks? It makes a person fall out of love quickly.

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Kale Salad

So confession: I actually really like eating this KALE salad, and so does Bjork (!). It makes me feel good and happy and lucky to have the opportunity to eat such healthy food. <– 100% serious. After living in a developing country for a year, I am much more aware that it’s a privilege to have access to nutritious food like this on a regular basis.

And if the choice involves warm olive oil and balsamic sauteed kale, tossed with garlic-butter mushrooms and tender sweet bell peppers and Asiago cheese, with a dusting of sea salt and a sprinkle of black pepper? I say thank you, YES.

This salad is like one million flavors in one, and here’s the funny thing: every time I make it, I add something new. It’s an everything but the kitchen sink kinda salad: fresh basil, or dried cherries, or grilled salmon, or feta, or brown rice, or rosemary garlic sauce leftover from one of my eCookbook recipes. It all just works.

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Warm Balsamic Kale Salad
Serves: 2
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 8 oz. baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups kale
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup Asiago cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of butter. Add the onions and peppers; saute for several minutes until softened. Add the mushrooms and one tablespoon butter; saute for several minutes until browned.
  2. Add the kale, garlic, and balsamic vinegar. Saute until the kale is deep green but not yet wilted. Remove from heat and serve topped with Asiago or Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
You can also add a protein for a more filling "meal" salad, like grilled salmon, chicken, white beans, etc. I also liked having this over a brown rice/ancient grain blend.



Eat kale and be happy, and someone please sign me up for Coborns Delivers.

(…Actually, for real, does anyone use a grocery delivery service?)

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  1. Those kale bags come in very handy!! And I’ve been falling out of love with grocery shopping lately too…probably for the same reason :)

    This salad looks amazing! I need a plate of health like that these days.

  2. for real, when i eat kale, i feel proud of myself. i do. and it is ALWAYS tastier than i think it will be. i think i’ll wash my own leaves though… i think…

  3. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! LOVE!

  4. I wiiiiish there was a grocery delivery service near me. I’d pay so much money to not have to deal with the sticky, crying children in the grocery store confusing me for their mom! This salad looks amazing, I love the addition of mushrooms

  5. One of my most dreaded task is washing and cutting kale. I have no idea why, but I really hate it!! I so wish my grocery store had the pre-cut stuff. Oh man, oh man that would be awesome!
    Now, this salad is also awesome! I love that it is warm and full of color! Those are personally my favorite kind of salads!

  6. Kale, something I always need to eat more of these days!

  7. I love those packages of pre-washed and cut kale. Except, it’s only available at the grocery store on the OTHER side of town, but definitely worth it :)

  8. Lizabeth K. says:

    I love kale! I haven’t done grocery delivery service, but my sister in Seattle does Amazon Fresh (which is only available in Seattle, sadly). She loves it and and was talking about it non-stop. After visiting her and seeing how awesome it is, I’m totally considering trying one here, though!! Right now I do most of my grocery shopping at complete opposite places – the farmers market and Costco. Ha!!

  9. I love kale salads – I will be trying this one soon!

  10. this salad sounds sooo good..I need get those pre washed stuff ASAP

  11. You had me at garlic-butter mushrooms. Those things are like kryptonite.

  12. I love Kale :) I want also to let you know that Pinch of Yum is now by far my fav food blog (I’m a new reader!). You guys rock!

    cheers from waaay up north 😉

  13. I use a grocery delivery service! It’s kind of a godsend in New York, when I have a huge shopping expedition I need to do. I get all the heavy stuff delivered- cans of food, milk, etc- and then I buy the produce myself in the store or farmer’s market because I’m picky like that.
    I love the warm olive oil on this salad! Kale salads make me happy these days, too.

  14. That just sounds tasty…then you see the pics and bam! I want to make it!

    On the not of grocery shopping my wife and I have noticed that our grocery shopping experiences are all reflective on where we go. If we go to the hi end markets, we pay more, but have a better “experience”. Ie there is lots to look at, samples galore, people with similar interests, and big pickles in a big jar. If we go to like a Fred Meyers, we want to get in, get out, and tend to hate and fight the crowds. We have started to spend more just so we can enjoy the grocery shopping experience!

    • That’s a really good point, Ed. The closes thing to me is just Cub Foods, but we do have a few high end grocery stores around that might just be worth the drive… eventually. :)

  15. I love it, especially the portobello and parm! I love grocery shopping too, except I really need to get better at meal planning and do less spontaneous buying of food just because it looks pretty ;}

  16. Grocery store trips are also my exciting weekend activity! Don’t fall out of love with the grocery store… I think it will be bad for your blogging (and husband) :)

  17. Beautiful salad! Sounds delicious and wonderful presentation. Great job!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  18. I love kale salads, and thank goodness for the pre-cut, pre-washed stuff. I don’t want to trim that stuff down and chop it all the time. This sounds heavenly with all of these great veggies and my favorite — balsamic!

  19. I wouldn’t mind buying pre-washed kale if it still meant that one huge bag of kale still only cost me 98 cents. Fat chance for that, though, right?! Recipes like this one in which you can add leftovers and make it different each time are so nice and easy!

    • Definitely true, although I don’t remember it being much more expensive. But you know, I’m kind of in a grocery store blur these days… so who knows. :)

  20. I totally just discovered the awesomeness that is kale, and now need to try this! Balsamic is like my favorite thing ever. Borderline obsession.

  21. This looks so good! And yes! I use grocery delivery. I get my product delivered through doortodoororganics.com … and other groceries I get through greenpolkadotbox.com … green polka dot box is awesome, they work like a natural foods/online version of Costco–so you pay a $50 membership fee and then you get wholesale prices for all of their stuff!

  22. So the lady I babysit for gets her groceries from Safeway delivered. She does all of her ordering online, and it’s delivered the same day every week. She SWEARS by it. But I don’t know, as a huge foodie, I personally LOVE the grocery store and would feel weird not making my weekly (and lets be real, more like daily) trips. But I can see how if you have a ton going out it can be pretty convenient.

    Ps. This salad looks amazeballs and I can’t wait to try it!

  23. Did I miss it?
    I cant find the link to sign up for the discount code to order your cookbook.

    Thank You,

  24. Yum! Looks super tasty!

    Isn’t it sad that healthy, nutritious food is a privilege? I’m an urban planner by education and a foodie by love and I find it so heart-breaking that the disenfranchised don’t have access to healthy food and, at least as far as the US goes, a lot of this has to do with policy and politics. So frustrating!

  25. This salad looks really delicious!

    I am usually not a fan of grocery shopping. Whenever I mention this, people always tell me the secret is to go really early, like 8 a.m. I try and when I do, it works out great and I tell myself I will always do this.

  26. Ahhh that is one gorgeous salad. As per usual the recipe does not disappoint. Amazing work :)

  27. Lindsay,
    I totally empathize with grocery store burnout, even though food shopping is one of my life’s greatest pleasures, even wen I go to Aldi. Some days, the lines and crowds and carts and multiple trips just turn it all sour. So, here’s what I used to do… I used Simon Delivers, which is now Coborns Delivers, for all the big, annoying or mundane items. (Think bags of flour, jugs of detergent, canned foods, boxes of cereal, bottles of water…) Then, I went to the store for the fun stuff or food that i wanted to personally check the quality, like produce. It cost a little more, so I usually just used the service iny final months of pregnancy, which was actually quite a big chunk of about four years of my life. Anyway, sign up for a delivery service! You’ll be so glad you did! :)

    • Interesting… I like the idea because then I can still go to the store for the fun stuff! I actually don’t mind going, it’s just when I have to go everyyy dayyy… then I get sick of it. :) But now the ecookbook is done and so is that phase of my life, I hope!

  28. I adore everything about this salad- such rich, wonderful flavours all in one bowl. I also love the versatility in this dish… thanks for sharing!


  29. Wow!!! I had this BIG bag of baby kale and was just out looking on Pinterest for healthy vegetarian sites and found yours. What a delicious salad!!! I am a new to the vegetarian world. You have a lot of great looking recipes. I appreciate you have many “normal” ingredients in your recipes. Food/seasonings I have in my pantry or fridge. A HUGE bonus to me is you post nutritional info with your recipes. I have about 10 pounds to lose so I appreciate knowing all the info. I made your cauliflower sauce over whole wheat fettuccine noodles. It was fabulous. I’ll make a fettuccine primavera next time. My husband is not vegetarian but loves what I’ve made so far.

  30. I am like 75% online groceries. I love grocery trips too, for fun stuff … but I find I buy less and stick to budget and don’t overbuy things as easily when I shop online. We have http://www.peapod.com as well as Door to Door Organics. Peapod is fantastic because I can get a wide selection of organics and “regular” stuff.

  31. Made this today & it was amazing! I adore mushrooms & I’m just getting into kale, so it was perfect.

  32. Can this salad be enjoyed at a pot luck or does it need to be really warm to bring out the flavors?

    • Sure! It might be a little less fresh-tasting since the veggies are sort of sauteed but if you took care not to overcook them I think it could work.

  33. Ok, I get a CSA box over the summer.. there is always Kale, and I needed something quick to go with supper. I had no Peppers, so I used Peaches and Beets instead! Oh My! and I used half Kale, half Frise Endive. Scrumptious!

  34. I had a big bag of kale and thought this recipe was a great way to try kale differently (I normally just bake it into kale chips or make a kale bean soup). This was easy to make, beautiful presentation and delicious. The taste really grows on you the more you eat so I was trying it hesitantly at first and then wolfing it down after a few minutes. Thanks for the recipe!

  35. Can’t wait to try this! Any idea if it reheats well?

  36. This recipe was fantastic. I used bottled red and yellow peppers and added a pinch of smoked paprika. It was delicious!

  37. My sister has been raving about this recipe! I am making it tonight. Trader Joes has a huge bag if ore washed and cut Kale for 1.99!!!

  38. This is sooooooo good! Made it this past weekend, I am in Love! I got mad when I ran out! The best ever!

  39. I served this salad along with a venison burger. It was the perfect side dish!

  40. I made a mini version of this for lunch with some organic baby kale from Aldi. Delicious!

  41. Delicious!! Will definitely be a go to from now on – excited to try some variations of this salad/meal

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