Take a look at the picture above. No, that’s not a floating grapefruit. If you look closely, you can see the tip of my younger son’s fingers lifting a grapefruit from the bowl of salad. This quick and easy (and of course gluten-free) salad is delicious anytime of year, though perfect right now as we approach the end of citrus season.
Kale Salad with Grapefruit
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ⅛ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 grapefruit, sliced and chopped
- Chop the kale into thin ribbons
- Drizzle the olive oil onto the kale and then massage the kale with your hands
- Sprinkle with salt, then add lime juice and vinegar
- Add grapefruit to kale and toss salad
- Allow to sit for 15 minutes so that kale softens and flavors integrate
Although I made this salad with what we call “curly kale,” I think it tastes a bit better with dino kale. I find that dino kale works better for raw salads as it seems to “soften” during the marination process more easily. The curly kale seems a bit tougher. My husband loves this salad, though my boys still prefer their kale cooked.
How do you do kale? Stay tuned in upcoming weeks for one of my family’s favorite side dishes, Sauted Kale.
Krista- I am with you on the buggy kale, unfortunately I have no solution. I look forward to what Elana has to say!
Raw kale salads are always a winner with me and I’ve never tried grapefruit with one before, mmm mmm! Hope you are doing well Elana!
Hi Elanya! We love Kale too. I shop at a Whole Foods Market (suburb of Chicago) for my Kale. While it is always in stock, I find the bug infestations sometimes unbearable. Often times the itty bitty bugs hang on for dear life. I submerge and swoosh the leaves in a large bowl of water several times, and they are still on there! I feel like I use more water to wash my kale, than my new high efficiency washing machine uses to wash our clothes! :) Then, I go on a kale boycott until I have the courage to try again. I’ll get a few o.k. bunches, and then more buggy ones. Do you have any magic tricks to help the bugs let go??? How do you get them off? We would eat Kale alot more if I could de bug it better. Thanks so much!
Ali (Whole Life Nutrition) says
This looks very tasty – two of my favorites – kale and grapefruit! I would not have thought to put the two together!
We saute kale in olive oil and a little water with loads of crushed garlic a few times a week. It is one of our favorite cool-weather foods!
Your book looks amazing. I always thought that you should be writing cookbooks and now you have, congrats! I plan on buying it for sure!
Thanks, -Ali :)
Mmmm! Starring this in my google reader so that I can make this for dinner this week. Simple, refreshing and inexpensive.
Thanks for the recipe!
Yum, Elana! I think grapefruit is one of my all-time favorite combinations with any sort of greens. I like throwing in some dried cranberries or goji berries and some walnuts, too. I love lime in my salad dressings, and usually combine 1 part olive oil, 1 part fresh lime juice, a splash of balsamic and a couple of drops of stevia. Can’t wait for my kale to start growing, so I can try a salad with it!
I have made kale chips before. They are very good, but you really have to spread them out and make sure they don’t burn. I am going to try the salad, I have a ton of kale just sitting in the fridge. I was going to make soup, but this looks so much better.
This looks light and delicious! I love raw kale salads, especially with black beans, sesame seeds, diced tomato, and some braggs liquid aminos
Dinosaur Kale is great as kale chips! Just chop up kale in big chunks, then drizzle on some olive oil and salt. Roast them on a baking sheet at 400 for about 20-30 minutes until they’re crispy! Great, salty chip alternative.
Simple and perfectly delicious- as per usual ;)