This refreshing summer kale salad is packed with seasonal superfoods and topped with creamy goat cheese and crunchy candied pecans.
Kale salads. How do you feel? I was a little suspicious back in the day, but if I give the kale a good massage and add a lot of different toppings, I can now get pretty excited about them. If you’re not into kale salads yet, let me see if I can sell you: we’re adding juicy peaches and blueberries, creamy goat cheese, and perfectly salty-sweet candied pecans.
CANDIED PECANS! Sorry to shout, but they’re so good, and they’re super easy and quick to make on the stovetop in less than ten minutes. No fuss, no oven. And you may want to make a double batch, because it’s hard to stop snacking on them. I ate a lot of mine before the salad even got dressed!
In other news, I have a serious peach problem. Last summer, we got down to Chattanooga at the end of peach session, right after The Peach Truck had left town. I was so mad I had missed out. All year I waited and checked the schedule. And when they came to East Ridge a little over a week ago, I was there. I bought a 25-pound box of peaches and a one-pound bag of pecans.
Since then, it’s been all peaches all the time. In addition to eating an embarrassing number of them out of hand, juice dripping everywhere, I’ve made a peach dutch baby, peach margaritas (I shared the full recipe on Insta–they’re so good!), peach muffins, and peach ice cream.
I have a few more peaches stashed in the fridge, and finally got around to a savory application: this summer kale salad. It’s pretty much an all-local salad because the kale is from my Big Sycamore Farm CSA and the peaches and pecans are from Georgia (I live in TN but I’m just a few minutes from the GA border).
I picked the blueberries this weekend up at my friend Lindsey‘s family’s place on Lookout Mountain, and they gave me this amazing goat cheese they made themselves with milk from their own goats. I’m pretty sure I live in the best, most delicious place on earth!
This summer kale salad is so easy and so fast, and you’ll feel a wonderfully healthy glow after eating it. Happy summer! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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Serving Size: 1 small serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372 Total Fat: 31g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 14mg Sodium: 127mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 10g Protein: 8g
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I’ll take an extra side of the candied pecans!
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