Kale Salad with Peach Vinaigrette


It’s officially summer, which means it’s peach season.

kale salad with peach vinaigretteIf you already have a few peaches on hand, I highly recommend you use one to whip up this peachy vinaigrette. It pairs perfectly with tender kale leaves, but I have a feeling it would taste pretty fantastic over any leafy green salad you like.

In fact, I’m tempted to drink it straight out of the blender.

This dressing is actually the result of a bruised peach I had sitting on my kitchen counter this weekend. The bruises made it unappealing to eat as-is, but once I sliced off the bruised areas, I threw the rest of the chopped peach into my blender with a splash of raw apple cider vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, and a touch of honey. The result is a velvety dressing that I simply can’t get enough of!

Best of all, this summery salad can be made ahead of time and stores well in the fridge, thanks to the sturdy kale leaves. It would make a perfect packed lunch or quick pre-dinner salad.

Kale Salad with Peach Vinaigrette
Serves 4-6

Dressing adapted from this recipe

Ingredients:

2 bunches kale, stems removed
1/2 red onion, diced
1 ripe peach, pitted and chopped

Peach Vinaigrette:

1 ripe peach, pitted and chopped
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

To prepare the dressing, combine the chopped peach, vinegar, oil, water, honey (if using), and salt in a blender, and blend until completely smooth. If the peach you’re using is very sweet, you may not need the honey, but this particular batch needed the extra sweetness.

pouring dressing over kale peach salad

Rip the kale into small pieces, and then use your hands to massage the dressing into the leaves until they are tender and slightly wilted. Toss in the red onion and chopped peach, and allow the salad to marinate for 30 minutes before serving. Save any leftover salad in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

kale peach salad

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Kale Salad with Peach Vinaigrette
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A peachy summer salad that's durable enough to make ahead of time.

Course: Salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 165 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches kale , stems removed
  • 1/2 red onion , diced
  • 1 ripe peach , pitted and chopped
  • Peach Vinaigrette
  • 1 ripe peach , pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. To prepare the dressing, combine the chopped peach, vinegar, oil, water, honey (if using), and salt in a blender, and blend until completely smooth. If the peach you're using is very sweet, you may not need the honey at all.
  2. Rip the kale into small pieces, and then use your hands to massage the dressing into the leaves until they are tender and slightly wilted. Toss in the red onion and chopped peach, and allow the salad to marinate for 30 minutes before serving. Save any leftover salad in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

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Comments

Kezia

I have never heard of massaging kale – does this make it nicer for salads? I have tried kale salad raw found it too spikey so sounds like i need to give it some tlc!

    Kathleen

    Hi, Any food handled with loving care will improve its flavor. Also I find that steaming kale for any recipe for just a quick minute takes out a bit of the bitterness. Kathy

Alia Vo

The pictures looks fantastic. Thanks for another awesome looking and sounding recipe, Megan! xx

Erica

Mmm, this sounds amazing! I love roasting or sautéing stone fruits with a little cinnamon and ginger.

Denise

Another delicious recipe!!! Thank you!

Julie (A Case of the Runs)

I just love biting into a nice, juicy peach. My second favorite is peach tea. =)

Laura @ Raise Your Garden

Peaches that are sliced up with a dollop of homemade, real whipped cream (ok, maybe more than just a dollop, maybe a whole lot of it) on top of angel food cake. Pure bliss.

A wise old lady in her 90’s once told me to be very careful about peaches because they stain your clothes. I didn’t believe her because they seem so harmless. She was right! Peach stains are nearly impossible to remove from your clothing so be careful =)

Jude from Australia

The only way to digest kale is to ferment it. Cows have 4 stomachs and they won’t eat it, so I don’t!

Charlene@ thatgirlcookshealthy

I’ve never had peaches in a light salad before. This recipe has made me reconsider incorporating some peaches into my kale salad.

julie bell

my daughter and i thought this was AMAZING! i added a chicken breast to it and that was lunch. thanks!

Marilyn

This salad is GREAT!!!! Im going to try making the vinaigrette with Mango also. Love the recipe

Athletic Avocado

Yum! I love peaches and this looks so amazing! I love to put peaches into pumpkin bread!

Josey

I made the dressing and it just tasted like vinegar. It was a pretty color but I threw it out.

Valerie

I just wanted to tell you that this recipe is amazing. I love homemade dressings and find it difficult to make creamy ones and this one is simply delicious. Thank you very much!

Rachel Druckenmiller

I love everything you post! I spotlight a lot of your recipes on my blog, too (always linking back to the site for the full recipe, of course!). Sending IIN love 🙂

Beckie

I thought you weren’t supposed to combine fruit with other foods…I’m confused; can someone help me?

    Megan

    Fresh fruit can combine with leafy greens, either in a salad or in green smoothies. The key is not adding more dense items, like nuts, meat, or cheese. (Avocado is okay, since it’s technically a fruit, too.)

      Beckie

      Thank you for clarifying!

Kim

Just made this salad with the dressing – Wonderfully yummy! Added some leftover grilled chicken for protein. Thanks so much for your awesome recipes! Have been a fan of yours for a while. 🙂

Rachel Druckenmiller

I’ve made this recipe for several summer parties, and it is a hit every time! Thanks so much for posting. I also featured a little “how to de-stem kale” portion in a video I posted along with my review of the recipe: http://rachelsnourishingkitchen.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/peachy-keen-kale-salad/. Thanks again for another winner!!

Rhonda

Wonderful recipe.

I always mix fruits with salads.

This is gonna be my next.

Thank you.

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