Strawberry Kale Salad

This fresh strawberry kale salad recipe is tossed with a white balsamic vinaigrette, and is so delicious and easy to make! It's also naturally gluten-free and vegetarian, although it is great served with grilled chicken too.

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This weekend, I spent the most lovely morning in the garden.

But not just any garden.

I actually joined a bunch of my fellow CSA members to pay a visit to the enormous urban garden where my summer produce is being grown.  And it was pretty much the coolest thing ever.   As is the CSA (community supported agriculture) program that I’m a part of — New Roots For Refugees.   And of course, as is the super-cool Burmese refugee friend I met through ESL tutoring who is a first-year farmer with the program, Si Si Cho.

I have been hearing about her garden for months and months, as we have been working on vegetable and herb vocabulary and talking about all of the various seeds she has been planing in the greenhouse.  She was finally able to actually plant the garden outside in the past month or so, and sent me a few proud texts of her rows upon rows of starters.  And by now, the middle of May, it has turned into a huge, green, vibrant garden!!

I was so excited to finally see it with my own eyes, but I was even more excited to see the pride and joy in Si Si’s eyes as she took me on a tour up and down the rows identifying every single plant.  She was absolutely in her element, and I may have teared up just a tiny bit realizing the love and care she pours into this plot of land each day that will help feed people like me this summer.  So. Completely. Cool.

Even more cool?  Having her walk me all over the vast acreage of the training farm and tell me the names of other refugee farmers in the program and where they have come from.  Most are from Asia and Africa, while many spent time in refugee camps in other countries before coming to the United States.  Si Si Cho always points out, for example, “You are American.  I am three — Burmese Thai American.”  So many big moves already in her 30-year-old life.

Anyway, get ready for more stories about New Roots For Refugees this summer, because time with Si Si and that organization is turning into one of the best parts of my week.  And their crops are definitely a big part of my summer produce, including the first little surprise that Si Si sent home with me this weekend — fresh kale.

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I had actually made this salad a few weeks ago for the blog with some baby kale from the store.  (I’m in a rare season of being “ahead” with recipes, which probably won’t last long.)  But once Si Si sent me home with a fresh batch, I instantly hit up my carton of strawberries in the fridge to make another batch.

Because this salad is crazy good.

Strawberry Kale Salad | gimmesomeoven.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

It’s actually just a slight riff on my Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad that has been so popular on the blog for a few years.  But I have enjoyed replacing the spinach with kale recently (especially baby kale, which I highly recommend).  And I also swapped out blue cheese for goat cheese (although you can use any kind of soft cheese, or leave it out or sprinkle on some nutritional yeast if you’re vegan) and toasted pecans for almonds.

Instead of the typical poppyseed dressing, I made a white balsamic vinaigrette made with one of my new favorite ingredients — white balsamic vinegar!  I only just discovered the stuff this past year, and am obsessed with it on salads.  It has all of the great balsamic flavor I love, but it doesn’t turn your whole salad brown.  That said, though, the brown (traditional) balsamic vinegar totally works too.  ;)

Strawberry Kale Salad | gimmesomeoven.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

But I had to include the avocado again.  Sorry — it’s just a “must” nowadays with salads whenever strawberries are involved.  I’m crazy about the combination, and it happens to be lovely and colorful as well.

Strawberry Kale Salad | gimmesomeoven.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

Anyway, it’s a lovely and fresh salad that just sings of summer.  And when made with kale grown by my friend?  Well, I don’t know if it gets any better than that.  :)

New Roots For Refugees

A picture I snapped of Si Si and her sweet daughter on Saturday.

I hope you all enjoy it!  And by the way, if you’re interested in getting involved with a CSA program that works with refugees in your area, my friend Meredith recommended checking out local listings on this website.

Cheers!

Strawberry Kale Salad | gimmesomeoven.com #vegetarian #glutenfree

Strawberry Kale Salad

This strawberry kale salad is fresh and delicious and made with a simple white balsamic vinaigrette.

Ingredients:

!Salad Ingredients:
6 cups fresh baby kale (*or see note below for using other kinds of kale)
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
1-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese (or other soft cheese)
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
half a small red onion, thinly sliced
white balsamic vinaigrette (recipe below)
!White Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
3-4 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

Directions:

!To Make The Salad:
Toss all ingredients together with your desired amount of dressing until combined. Serve immediately.
!To Make The Vinaigrette:
Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

*If you choose to use traditional kale, pour an extra few teaspoons of oil onto the greens first and massage it into them with your hands for 1 minute to soften.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Iosune | Minimal Eats — May 19, 2014 @ 5:33 am (#)

    Your salad recipes are always amazing! I love all the ingredientes of this recipe, but I’ll use spinach instead of kale because I can’t find it here in Spain. Thanks Ali!

  2. Laura @ Raise Your Garden — May 19, 2014 @ 6:36 am (#)

    Yay for gardening, CSA’s and this beautiful salad. Spinach and strawberry salads are so refreshing.

    (I think I lost a pound just looking at it)

    And gardening is like Christmas, it just seems to bring us all together =)

  3. Jenny Flake — May 19, 2014 @ 7:34 am (#)

    So refreshing and vibrant! This will be perfect for my detox after Miami :) Happy Monday!!

  4. Leah Davis — May 19, 2014 @ 7:45 am (#)

    This is so gorgeous and bright!! I love the pairing of strawberries and goat cheese in salad. Combined with the kale and avocado this sounds delicious!

  5. Sandra — May 19, 2014 @ 7:49 am (#)

    Strawberries is one of my favourite fruits and this salad is fantasic! I love the combination of flavours and colors having the plate.
    Healthy, easy and delicious recipe!

    kisses!

    recetasdecocinadesandra.blogspot.com

  6. Melanie @ Carmel Moments — May 19, 2014 @ 7:55 am (#)

    Super yum! I can’t think of a better summer salad than this one.
    Have a marvelous Monday Ali!

  7. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — May 19, 2014 @ 9:24 am (#)

    This looks like the perfect spring/summer salad!

  8. sue/the view from great island — May 19, 2014 @ 11:26 am (#)

    Ali you are just so talented. Once again I’m blown away by these photos, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a prettier salad!

  9. Meredith — May 19, 2014 @ 11:30 am (#)

    Over the top delicious and just perfect for spring!

  10. Allison @ Lighten Up! — May 19, 2014 @ 11:51 am (#)

    I typically bring lunch to work and 99% of the time lunch ends up being salad. Thanks for the inspiration for a new kale salad, this one will definitely be in my weekly lunch rotation!

  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 19, 2014 @ 3:33 pm (#)

    This kale salad is killer, Ali! What a great flavor combination with the pecans, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

  12. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — May 19, 2014 @ 4:22 pm (#)

    Ali this is just perfect! Strawberries, avocado, goat’s cheese… you’ve literally picked all of the best foods ever. Love it!

  13. Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — May 19, 2014 @ 7:12 pm (#)

    This salad looks incredible! Adding strawberries (and sunflower seeds) to a spinach salad is one of my favorite things to do. I live out in the middle of nowhere, but I’m going to have to see if we have any CSA’s available around here. I’d love to be able to become a part of one.

  14. Paula - bell'alimento — May 20, 2014 @ 8:24 am (#)

    This is so cool on so many levels!

  15. Tori — May 20, 2014 @ 3:36 pm (#)

    I really want to eat this right now! Strawberries, pecans, balsamic, YUM!

  16. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 20, 2014 @ 4:56 pm (#)

    In love with this pretty salad!

  17. Julie @ Table for Two — May 20, 2014 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    I love the gorgeous colors of this salad! It’s so vibrant and FRESH!

  18. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — May 20, 2014 @ 9:55 pm (#)

    Beautiful salad, and love hearing about your gardening with Si Si!

  19. Jodee Weiland — May 21, 2014 @ 3:11 pm (#)

    I’ve made kale salads with strawberries and other fruits as well, but the addition of avocado is great…looks so delicious and healthy! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Luna Fleig — May 26, 2014 @ 11:47 am (#)

    I like all recepies you have shared.keep them coming please.

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