Wilted Kale Salad with Shrimp and Avocado

Fresh salad with kale

The next time you use fresh kale in a salad, try getting a little more intimate and give it a nice massage.

Did you know you could salt fresh kale and then knead it to make it softer and more desirable for a fresh salad? I’ve also seen a couple of recipes using fresh kale where the vinaigrette, or a combination of lemon and olive oil, was used to make it less leathery. The pliable kale is then more receptive to a vinaigrette which means less of a pool of liquid at the bottom of the bowl.

Taking the cue from Food and Wine Magazine and adding ingredients I had on hand made this a great summer salad and a breeze to put together for a midweek meal. We’ve been enjoying some of the indulgent Summer fare lately. With the likes of burgers, brats and pasta salads, I really needed to feel better about myself and eat something green and clean. Sprinkled with my Sweet Red Wine Vinaigrette we liked this combination.

Let’s take a look:

Wilted Kale, Shrimp And Avocado Salad
Serves: 2
  • 2 T. pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup packed chopped fresh kale leaves
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 avocado, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup packed arugula leaves
  • 1 small tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 2 radish, sliced
  • 6 large pitted green olives, halved
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • ¼ pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked
  1. In a skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat. Transfer to a plate.
  2. In a bowl, knead the kale with the salt until it begins to wilt. Add the avocado and lime juice and mash until chunky. Add the arugula, tomato, radish, olives, cilantro and pine nuts, toss gently, top with shrimp and serve. Serve some avocado slices on the side of the plate.
  3. Sprinkle with vinaigrette if you want.

Wilted Kale Salad with Shrimp and Avocado…It’s What’s for a light Dinner.


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  1. says

    Yum. Love me some kale. Tonight at my house we are also having kale salad with pepitas, roasted beets and goat cheese my very favorite combination! I massage w dressing a hour or 2 before dinner. Never heard of the salt method? Was it salty tasting?

  2. says

    Kale is now on my grocery list. This salad is what I should have had for dinner…instead I had dessert first and haven’t gotten to a real meal yet. It’s my first day without company for dinner in about 3 weeks and I am thrilled to eat whatever I want!

  3. says

    I love kale but never knew about kneading it with salt! Thanks for the tip. I know what you mean about the BBQ foods adding up — I’ve eaten way too much potato and macaroni salad this summer –not good for my already too thick waistline!

  4. says

    Interesting tip on the kale. The question I have, does it take away any of the bitterness by rubbing it with salt? It’s the one thing I can’t seem to get past when it comes to kale. The salad looks mouth watering though… love shrimp and avocado together!

  5. says

    This looks delicious and perfect for summer! I love your blog. The photos are beautiful and you have so many, many wonderful recipes. Can’t wait to keep reading. Thank you!

  6. says

    Hi Lea Ann, Thanks for joining Julie and I at the networking party, I’ve been following you on G+ from the Chef Dennis’ Food Community for a while. I’ve found that community so very helpful! You have some great recipes and very good pictures, I’ve been really focusing on my pictures lately so I’m particularly focused on them at the moment! Following on Pinterest and G+, Have a great weekend.

  7. says

    I’ve learned something new today about kale! I’ve tried to enjoy it in salads but it hasn’t hit a home run here. Next time I’ll try kneading it!

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