This White Balsamic & Strawberry Kale Salad is a light and delicious salad with a tangy homemade dressing. Sweet strawberries and salty pine nuts make this salad irresistible.

kale salad with white balsamic vinegar

It wasn’t until recently that I noticed there are two types of balsamic dressing. I usually have dark balsamic in my pantry and it tends to be a bit more common. But white balsamic is a great ingredient to add to your pantry!

What is White Balsamic Vinegar?

What balsamic vinegar blends white grape must with white wine vinegar and it’s cooked at a low temperature. It can be aged in oak or steel barrels. The resulting vinegar is light in color and it’s a bit less sweet than darker balsamic vinegar. It also tends to have a more mild, clean aftertaste. 

kale salad with berries

Tips for the Best Kale Salad

  1. Kale is a tough green and it needs massaging to make it tender. After you’ve washed your kale, you want to literally massage it with your hands. I typically massage the dressing right in.
  2. Use the right dressing. Kale is a very bitter green and it needs something to help soften it a bit. An acidic dressing will help break down the fiber in the kale which will make it easier to chew. That’s why I love the white balsamic vinegar in this recipe!
  3. Remove the kale stems. The stems are extremely bitter and very hard to chew. Do yourself a favor and de-stem the kale. You can either fold the leaves in half and slice the stem off or you can just tear the leaves right off the stem.
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kale salad with white balsamic vinegar

White Balsamic & Strawberry Kale Salad

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

Description

This White Balsamic & Strawberry Kale Salad is a light and delicious salad with a tangy homemade dressing. Sweet strawberries and salty pine nuts make this salad irresistible.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon agave (or honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 large curly kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Wash and try the kale leaves, then tear into small pieces, removing the stems.
  3. In a large bowl, massage the kale leaves with the dressing.
  4. Once the kale has softened a little, slice the strawberries and add them on top.
  5. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve.

Keywords: White balsamic and strawberry kale salad

It has such an amazing flavor and the dressing is a healthier option than a lot of bottled salad dressings. Plus, it’s hard to beat fresh strawberries! If you don’t have any pine nuts, you could swap in almonds or walnuts. Pine nuts are pricey but they’re so delicious!

kale salad w berries

Looking for other kale salad recipes? Try one of these other ideas!

 

What’s your favorite kale salad topping?