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kale salad in a bowl

Spicy Kale Salad

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad


This delicious kale salad gets its heat from crushed red pepper flakes. Combined with salty cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice, this salad is simple to make but loaded with flavor.


  • 5 cups chopped kale (curly kale or dinosaur kale) or about 8 large leaves
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Crushed red pepper to taste (I used 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts or almonds (optional)


  1. Wash the kale leaves and de-stem the leaves by removing the ribs. (This is the bitter tough part in the center.)
  2. Shred the kale using a sharp knife into thin strips. Dinosaur kale is a little easier to make into strips but if you’re using curly kale, just roughly chop it.
  3. In a small dish, whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil until combined.
  4. Massage the kale leaves with the oil and lemon mixture until the kale begins to soften.
  5. Top with cheese, pine nuts, and red pepper just before serving.