For a simple yet elegant side dish or dinner, make this Lemon Kale Salad with Prosciutto and Parmesan. This brings a ton of flavor to your basic Kale Salad Recipe with a lemon garlic dressing, salty prosciutto, pine nuts and shaved parmesan cheese. Serve as a side or entrée. This recipe is gluten free and grain free with Paleo, Whole30 options.
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Sometimes you just feel like making a simple dish with loads of flavor. This is my favorite type of recipe. No cooking, minimal effort and maximum flavor!
As with most of my ‘Lemon’ flavored recipes . . . this lemon garlic kale salad dressing is NOT timid. If I say it tastes like lemon . . . it. tastes. like. lemon.
You have been warned. So if you prefer a mild lemon flavor, reduce the amount of lemon juice or use Meyer Lemons if available. Meyer lemons tend to be quite a bit milder that regular lemons.
The bright lemony dressing is a nice contrast to the earthiness of this kale salad.
Which type of kale is best for salad?
I use baby kale because it is convenient (comes in a bag), is already tender and bite sized. You can use the large leaf kale with a little extra prep. This will require you to remove the stems and massage longer to tenderize.
Can this be made Paleo or Whole30?
Yes! Just omit the cheese and this is a Paleo, Whole30 compliant recipe. Omit the prosciutto and cheese for vegan, vegetarian friendly recipe.
Why is kale salad good for you?
Kale is low in calories, rich in vitamins Beta-Carotene, K and C. Overall it is considered a super-food! Anything that green has got to be good for you!
What tools do you need for this recipe?
What should you serve with this kale salad?
This can be a complete meal for 2 or a side dish for 4. If serving this as an entrée, bread and wine are the perfect sides. If this is a side dish, it would be great with Spinach Garlic Meatballs, Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumsticks or Oven Roasted Chicken.
Tips → Tricks → Suggestions →
- Buy pre-washed bagged baby kale and pre-shaved parmesan for a shortcut. Then this meal can be ready in less than 15 minutes!
- Massaging the kale makes it tender. We are using baby kale that is already more tender than mature kale, so feel free to skip the massage if you prefer.
- Watch out for any cuts on your hands while massaging the kale. That lemon will really sting! 😆
More tasty kale recipes for your menu →
Kale Turkey Soup
Citrus Kale Guacamole by Whole Kitchen Sink
Spicy Pomodoro Sauce with Kale & Penne by Saving Room For Dessert
Chicken Tortellini Soup with Kale by Family Food on the Table
Grapefruit Kale Smoothie
Kale & Quinoa Bites
- 5 ounces Baby Kale
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice*
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1-2 Garlic Cloves, (grated)
- 1/4 Cup Toasted Pine Nuts
- 1/2 Cup Shaved Parmesan, (or a shaved Italian Cheese Blend)
- 2-3 ounces Prosciutto
- In large bowl, combine kale, lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Massage for 1-2 minutes or until tender.
- Toss with remaining ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste.
*If you prefer a mild lemon flavor, reduce the amount of lemon juice or use Meyer Lemons if available. Meyer lemons tend to be quite a bit milder that regular lemons.
**This can be a complete meal for 2 or a side dish for 4.
***Just omit the cheese and this is a Paleo, Whole30 compliant recipe. Omit the prosciutto and cheese for vegan, vegetarian friendly recipe.
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