Easy Lacinato Kale Salad

Ok, let’s talk about kale. There are lots of different types: curly kale, baby kale… but today, I want to talk about lacinato kale, sometimes called dinosaur kale. Lacinato kale has large, flat, textured leaves. It’s my favorite, because it’s easy to wash and easy to de-stem. (Any time I make kale, I remove the stems. That’s the really bitter part, and it’s really hard to chew.)

While I certainly won’t pass on a curly kale salad, I’ve been making more lactino kale salads because the speedier cleaning/de-stemming process means and easier salad. And I’m all about easy. So after a few kale salad combinations and some inspiration from this fall salad recipe by Sarah, I think I’ve settled into my new kale combination. I like it because it’s super crunchy, even the leftovers!

lactino kale salad

Easy Lacinato Kale Salad
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This easy Lacinato kale salad is crunchy and delicious!
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 4
  • For the salad:
  • 1 bunch of Lacinato kale (about 10 large leaves)
  • ½ head of purple cabbage
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • OR
  • Your favorite Caesar dressing
  1. Start by washing and de-stemming the kale. Discard the stems.
  2. Slice the cabbage into long thin strips. You can do this with a knife or mandoline slicer.
  3. Toss with almonds and parmesan cheese.
  4. Top with dressing before serving. (You can put it on a few hours ahead of time, or top it right before eating.)
  5. For the dressing, simply whisk together and drizzle over the salad.

Sometimes I do an olive oil + lemon juice dressing. Sometimes I use my current favorite Caesar dressing. (Which, at the moment, is Drew’s.) I try to make this salad in big batches so I have lots of leftovers. This serves 4 as a small main dish or a large side dish.

lacinato kale salad

I made this salad on Saturday afternoon, in between packing up boxes, but I made sure to have leftover to pack for lunch today! Seriously, I can’t get enough kale.

This crunchy kale salad is easy to throw together. The salty parmesan makes this salad hearty enough for a main dish!

I’ll be making lots of easy recipes this week, since it’s only a few more days until the move! I’m trying to clean out the fridge so that we have a little less to pack. We’ll see how that goes.

 Have you tried lacinato kale?


  1. What a simple yet deliciously satisfying salad recipe. Parmesan is usually my go to cheese for salad toppings. There was once a time where I forgot all about poor Parmesan Cheese. Haha !

  2. This is so simple but it looks so complex and fancy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have never tried that, but I’m so wanting to now!!

  4. Yum! I don’t know if I’ve ever tried lacinato kale before. I hate taking off the stems, though, so maybe I need to be using this kind!

  5. I love kale salad! I also love the addition of purple cabbage here. Yum!

  6. I had no clue there were different types of kale! Mind blown!

  7. I don’t think I knew there were different types of kale.. I know there was baby kale and “regular” kale lol buttttt clearly I was wrong. I love all kale, but now I want to look out for lacinato kale.

  8. This reminds me of the “What Type of Kale Are You” quiz that was floating around a few months ago, haha! I don’t think I’ve tried lacinato kale, but I would like to! I feel like kale is so hit or miss for me, depending on how it’s prepared. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    • Hahaha YES! I was some kale I’d never heard of. I’ll have to find it, just so I can try the kale that best describes me 😉

  9. This salad looks and sounds really good. I loved all the crunchy textures in there.

    Good luck with your move.

  10. yum! this sounds great. We love lacinato kale!!

  11. I haven’t tried lacinto kale yet, but I am going to now. I hate the bitter stems but it is sometimes hard to get the other kales de-stemmed. Thanks so much for sharing. Picking some up at the grocery store today 🙂

  12. I am always looking for new ways to eat kale, and this salad is calling my name. Pinned :).

  13. Thanks for sharing this- I’ve JUST gotten back into enjoying kale. It’s good…not great. this recipe will rectify it 😉

  14. Mmmm! That salad looks delicious! We’ve been on a big kale kick lately!


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