Easy Kale Salad Recipe with Walnuts and Shallots

kale salad recipe

Eating raw kale might sound kind of…chewy…but if you do it right, raw kale can be just as tender and tasty as cooked kale! This kale salad recipe is so delicious and simple to make – it’s become a staple around my house.

Summer might not be officially here yet, but Atlanta’s weather has not gotten that memo. It is h-o-t, and turning on the oven or stove hasn’t seemed super appealing for a while now. We’ve also been crazily busy between clearing out the house in case we decide to put it on the market and taking care of Darrol Henry. That’s meant a lot of take out, and one of our go-to meals lately has been hitting the Whole Foods prepared bar for a bunch of salads.

The thing is, Whole Foods doesn’t do a super great job making kale salad for some reason. They have one that’s the right texture but too sweet, and the one that’s seasoned well isn’t marinated properly. After yet another kale salad that missed the mark, I decided it was time to take control of this situation and make my own.

This recipe is based on my friend Tanya’s kale salad recipe that she posted at Eat Drink Better. I changed it up to use ingredients that I had handy, and I’ve been super into making this! I didn’t call it a raw kale salad, because the walnuts I used weren’t raw. If you want this to be a raw kale salad recipe, though, you can sub in raw sunflower seeds or raw cashews for the walnuts.

Kale Salad Recipe with Walnuts and Shallots


  • 4 cups kale, chopped into bite-sized pieces. I leave some of the stems in, but remove the stems where they’re thickest.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small or 1/2 of a large shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves and pieces
  • nutritional yeast, optional


  1. Combine everything but the walnuts and nooch in a large bowl, and massage the kale until it gets nice and wilted. This takes a couple of minutes, so be patient!
  2. Toss in the walnuts, and chill until you’re ready to serve. Pass the nooch on the side, so folks can add it if they want to.
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5 comments on “Easy Kale Salad Recipe with Walnuts and Shallots
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    • Ooh that looks delicious! So simple. I’m not sure about the bread crumbs, though…don’t they get soggy?

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