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12 Crave-Worthy Kale Salads

Nov 17 2014 - 6:45am

Whether you're looking for something green to bring to your next potluck or options to get you out of a brown-bag-lunch rut, these kale salads will do the trick. Scroll down for a variety ranging from an almond- and quinoa-enhanced Hollywood restaurant favorite to a Flamin' Hot Cheetos-topped bowl (really!).

Photos: POPSUGAR Studios, Nicole Perry

Kale Salad With Pine Nuts and Feta

Don't let the simplicity of this recipe [1] fool you; it packs plenty of bold flavor.

Source: Fresh Tart [2]

Kale Caesar Salad

Give a classic Caesar a kale-lover's twist [3] by swapping the toothsome, slightly bitter green for romaine.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Brussels Sprouts, Kale, and Beluga Lentil Salad

Beluga lentils bulk up this shredded kale and brussels sprouts salad [4], while dried cranberries and clementine segments add a pop of fresh flavor.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Flamin' Hot Cheetos Kale Salad

Topping a tangle of kale ribbons with crushed Flamin' Hot Cheetos [5] might seem entirely ludicrous — and it kind of is — but that shouldn't stop you from trying this surprisingly delicious dish.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Chopped Kale Salad With Gorgonzola and Pears

This pear- and gorgonzola-topped bed of greens [6] is like Fall on a plate.

Source: Cooking for Keeps [7]

Kale, Quinoa, and Blueberry Salad

Don't knock this unusual combination of toppings [8] — blueberries, tomatoes, nori, and almonds — till you try it.

Photo: Leta Shy

Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Kale With Sunflower Seeds

Toss shredded kale and brussels sprouts with juicy golden raisins, sunflower seeds, and a zingy maple-mustard dressing for a sturdy salad that'll steal the show [9].

Photo: Susannah Chen

Chicken and Kale Salad With Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette

The secret to this salad [10]'s greatness is twofold: it offers up a mix of colors, textures, and flavors and is also dressed with a bracing lemon-cumin vinaigrette.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Kale Caesar Mason Jar Salad With Chicken and Avocado

Get in on the mason jar salad trend with this recipe that adds diced avocado, tomatoes, and chicken to a kale caesar base [11].

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Kale Chopped Salad With Lemon-Parmesan Vinaigrette

Kale, quinoa, and almonds join forces in this crave-worthy salad [12] from celebrity favorite Napa Valley Grille.

Photo: POPSUGAR Studios

Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Kale With Kumquats and Tamari Pepitas

Like its golden-raisin- and sunflower-seed-topped sister, this hearty green salad [13] is as good on day two as it is fresh, making it a great brown-bag lunch. That is, if you have leftovers.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Beet, Kale, and Apple Salad With Mustard Dressing

Given this beet, kale, and apple salad [14]'s impressive pedigree — it's a Richard Blais creation — it's hardly surprising that it brings bold, balanced flavor.

Photo: POPSUGAR Studios

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