You’ve never had kale salad like this before! This Sweet Kale Salad with Creamy Dressing is so delicious and satisfying. This recipe is oil-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, naturally-sweetened, and vegan-friendly.

bowl of kale salad on a green floral napkin with fresh purple flowers

This creamy kale salad recipe is an update to a very old recipe on my site called my Strangely Addictive Kale Salad recipe. If you are a long-time reader of this blog, then you probably remember that recipe.

I’ve updated the photos and refined the recipe to make it quick and easy. I hope you love it!

photo with labeled ingredients for kale salad

Recipe Steps

Step One

The easiest way to make a kale salad is to buy pre-washed and shredded kale. But, if you want to save money, then you can always wash and shred it yourself. Just buy one bunch of curly green or purple kale, rinse the leaves under running water, and then pat them dry.

Pull off each leaf from the stems, place them in a mixing bowl, and then use scissors or your hands to shred the leaves into bite-sized pieces.

bowl of shredded kale salad with no dressing

Step Two

The next step is to make the dressing. For this Sweet Kale Salad, we’re going to make a creamy dressing that is sweetened with dates.

To make the dressing, just combine your unsweetened plant milk with your tahini or almond butter, dates, lemon or lime juice, some shallot or onion, and salt and pepper, if desired.

dressing ingredients for kale salad in a vitamix blender

Step Three

Blend your dressing ingredients using a Blendtec or a Vitamix. This will ensure that the dressing is super creamy.

kale salad dressing blended in a vitamix blender

Step Four

Pour the dressing over your kale salad and use a spoon or your hands to mix together.

kale salad with dressing on top

Step Five

If you can, let your Sweet Kale Salad sit for 15 minutes before serving. The kale will become more tender as it sits with the dressing. Otherwise, you can serve it right away.

Either way, I think you are really going to love this salad. The date-sweetened, creamy dressing goes so well with the crunchy kale leaves. It is my favorite way to eat kale!

bowl of kale salad with purple flowers on a table

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FAQs

Can I make this recipe using baby spinach?

Yes, but the spinach doesn’t hold up as well as the kale, so it may become soggy.

Can I use Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale for this recipe?

Yes, but curly kale is the preferred type of kale for this salad. It is the most tender of the types of kale.

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Sweet & Creamy Kale Salad

two bowls of kale salad with gold forks and purple flowers

You’ve never had kale salad like this before! This Sweet Kale Salad with Creamy Dressing is so delicious and satisfying. This recipe is oil-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, naturally-sweetened, and vegan-friendly.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces shredded kale salad (from about 1 large bunch)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 pitted dates
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 1/3 cup tahini or almond butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the shredded kale in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Then, combine the almond milk, dates, lime juice, shallot, and tahini or almond butter in the base of a high-speed blender.
  3. Blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until the dressing is creamy.
  4. Pour the dressing over the kale and use a spatula or your hands to toss the salad. Make sure that the dressing gets evenly distributed on the kale.
  5. Serve immediately, or refrigerate before serving. The kale will get more tender as it sits with the dressing.

Notes

  1. Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  2. Serve the kale salad with your favorite cooked protein, including grilled or baked tofu cubes, crumbled tempeh, grilled sliced chicken, or cooked steak. If you use an animal protein, then the salad will no longer be vegan.

 

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