Kale Salad with Honey-Chipotle Dressing

In honor of National Kale Day, not only did I have kale in my smoothie this morning but I thought I’d share my favorite kale salad recipe (originally posted back in January). Some may think it’s like putting lipstick on a pig, but I think the right dressing makes raw kale salad palatable for anybody and everybody.The Honey-Chipotle Dressing I created for this kale salad is sweet, smoky goodness. Bonus, it is even better the next day so you can plan to take any left-overs (if there are any!) to work.

Kale, as you may have learned from my Kale Caesar Salad, Honey-Ginger Kale with Carrots, and Sweet Sesame Raw Kale Salad posts, is a supergreen and an excellent source of vitamins A and K, calcium, and disease-fighting antioxidants. If you’ve never made a raw kale salad, fall–when you can get this dark, leafy green in abundance from your local farmers’ market–is the time to give it a try. It’s easy, delicious, affordable and will help fortify your immune system against seasonal sicknesses like the cold and flu.

Kale Salad with Honey-Chipotle Dressing

Best Kale Salad

What You’ll Need:

(for the dressing)

  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 Chili in Adobo sauce
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

(for the salad)

  • 2 bunches (or about 6-8 cups chopped) kale
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds


  1. Mix all salad dressing ingredients together in your blender.
  2. Chop, wash and dry your kale–removing any of the really thick, woody stems. Add it to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Pour dressing over kale and massage into the leaves for a minute, or until well coated.
  4. Cover and let it refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours before you plan to eat (like I said, it is great the next day!)
  5. When you’re ready to serve, remove it from the refrigerator and add your cranberries and almonds (goat cheese would also go well if you’re so inclined).

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