Kale Salad Recipe with Pecorino, Strawberries, Pine Nuts

Wilted Kale Salad with Strawberries Pecorino and Pine NutsA slightly wilted kale salad recipe kissed with a honey-lemon dressing, and tossed with crunchy pine nut, nutty pecorino cheese, and bright blushing strawberries!

Wilted Kale Salad with Pecorino, Strawberries, and Pine Nuts

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Several weeks ago I was talking to a few friends about kale salad. What else?

I’m not exactly sure how the topic came up; maybe we had already covered weather, family, business, politics, and pop-culture.

Nevertheless, each friend gingerly described their favorite kale salad recipe in glorious detail. I noticed when each person finished picking apart the recipe, they stated… “And I think it might have had bread crumbs in it.”

DELISH! Wilted Kale Salad with Pecorino, Strawberries, and Pine Nuts

Bread crumbs may seem a strange ingredient to add to salad, but there is good reason to mix breadcrumbs into a kale salad recipe.

Raw kale, as wonderfully healthy as it is, can be tough to chew. Wilting the kale makes it much more pleasing to the palate. And the best way to wilt raw kale, without cooking it, is to soak it with an acid ingredient.

You can do this easily by tossing kale with a dressing, made with vinegar or lemon juice, then letting it sit for a while.

Making Wilted Kale Salad with Pecorino, Strawberries, and Pine Nuts

Now here’s where the breadcrumbs come in. (You thought I forgot about them, didn’t you?)

A thin vinaigrette will always pool at the bottom of the bowl, meaning most of the kale won’t actually be soaking in it. And you certainly don’t want to over-do on the dressing. So the best way to fully coat the kale in the acidic dressing is to sprinkle it with breadcrumbs and toss in the vinaigrette.

As you toss the kale the breadcrumbs absorb the vinaigrette and stick to the leaves. Then as it sits, the acid works its magic over the entire surface of the kale.

Makes sense, right?

Making my favorite Wilted Kale Salad with Pecorino, Strawberries, and Pine Nuts

We enjoy all sorts of wilted kale salads. However, as we’re edging closer to spring, I’ve got berries on my mind.

Wilted Kale Salad with Pecorino, Strawberries, and Pine Nuts is one I’m partial to at the moment.

It’s super easy to make, with only eight ingredients, other than salt and pepper. Plus, it offers lovely contrast with the sweet tangy strawberry slices, crunchy pine nuts, and salty pecorino.

Spring Kale Salad with Pecorino, Strawberries, and Pine Nuts

Seriously, I cannot get enough of it right now.

Wilted Kale Salad with Pecorino, Strawberries, and Pine Nuts makes a great make-ahead or lunchbox item, because the kale continues to soften, but won’t get mushy over time.

A slightly wilted kale salad recipe kissed with a honey-lemon dressing, and tossed with crunchy pine nut, nutty pecorino cheese, and bright blushing strawberries!

Wilted Kale Salad with Pecorino, Strawberries, and Pine Nuts is also wonderful for spring picnics, potlucks, or pretty much any other occasion you can think of.

You should try it. Just sayin’

Lovely Kale Salad with Pecorino, Strawberries, and Pine Nuts

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12 comments on “Kale Salad Recipe with Pecorino, Strawberries, Pine Nuts

  1. Aggieposted March 6, 2015 at 8:52 am Reply

    Oh my goodness I want this for lunch!!! Tuscan kale is my favorite.

  2. Liz @ Floating Kitchenposted March 6, 2015 at 8:57 am Reply

    Totally makes sense to me! This salad is gorgeous. Love the colors!

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted March 6, 2015 at 9:02 am Reply

    This sounds delicious! Love the strawberries in there!

  4. Mariaposted March 6, 2015 at 11:54 am Reply

    I love Kale…. this salad look AH- mazing!!!

  5. Lizposted March 6, 2015 at 12:28 pm Reply

    The BEST way to eat kale! I’m sending this to my BIL, too, who is always inundated with these greens from his CSA.

  6. marlaposted March 7, 2015 at 11:16 am Reply

    Such a great way to enjoy kale!!

  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted March 8, 2015 at 8:58 am Reply

    I’m so envious of your gorgeous lacinato kale! Hard to find sometimes!

  8. Jenny Flakeposted March 9, 2015 at 7:21 am Reply

    Lovely salad! Healthy and gorgeous!

  9. Marlyposted March 16, 2015 at 6:31 pm Reply

    Kale, strawberries, and pine nuts…oh my! That’s what I call my kind of salad! :)

  10. Betty Lynneposted May 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm Reply

    Made this for dinner along with some grilled red potatoes. The salad was amazing! Great flavor and just enough wilting to make it deliciously edible. Will definitely make this again!

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