Warm Kale & Feta Salad

by Khushboo on August 24, 2015

I’m going to be honest- I haven’t done much cooking at all this summer. Sure I’ve been eating plenty of meals at home but most of them involve throwing together a sandwich, smearing hummus on rice cakes, sautéing some vegetables, whipping up an omelet or sticking a piece of fish in the oven.  What can I say, we keep it fancy over here ;)!  Another thing I’ve been hooked on is this Warm Kale & Feta Salad.

Warm Kale & Feta Salad (3)

At the risk of sounding like a total cliché, I love love kale.  Kale chips, dehydrated kale, sautéed kale…gimme!  They say that anything that tastes good is either immoral, illegal or fattening but I guess kale is the exception…at least in this recipe.  Fortunately kale is one heck of a nutritional sucker too.  It’s one of the few veggies that dispels the myth that you can only get protein from meat, calcium from milk or iron from beef.  A single cup of raw kale (about 67 grams or 2.4 ounces) contains 3g of protein & per calorie, kale has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk.  The calcium in kale is also better absorbed by the body than dairy – kale, freaking, yeah!

Warm Kale & Feta Salad (1)

I was a bit hesitant to post this recipe because it’s so simple.  However since it’s been my go-to for the past month, I couldn’t resist.  Some days I eat it as a side & others I make a meal out of it.  I’ve been experimenting with different forms of dairy to see how my body handles it and luckily cheese seems to fit the bill, especially feta given its relatively low lactose content.  

Warm Kale & Feta Salad (2)

If you’re vegan, avoiding dairy or just don’t like cheese (er what), sub in avocado for the feta…it works a treat.  And because there’s only so much I can wax poetic about a salad, how about the recipe for this Warm Kale & Feta Salad:

Warm Kale & Feta Salad
Serves 2
A refreshingly delicious kale salad that can be eaten both warm or cold.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups kale (=200g), chopped
  2. 2 cup sliced mushrooms
  3. 8-10 cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  4. 1.5 ounces of feta (=40g)
  5. 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  6. 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  7. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Coat a large skillet with olive oil or cooking spray & place over medium heat. Once heated, add mushrooms & cherry tomatoes and sauté until the mushrooms start to release water, about 3 minutes. Remove from skillet & set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, add kale & use a spatula or tongs to move it around the skillet. Continue cooking until slightly wilted but still crisp, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add back the mushrooms & cherry tomatoes to the skillet. Mix in the Italian seasoning, balsamic vinegar & salt, stirring to ensure everything is well combined. Reduce & simmer for a further minute until all the balsamic vinegar has been absorbed by the kale.
  4. Turn off heat & transfer kale mixture to a plate/bowl. Crumble feta over and serve.
Notes
  1. i) For a dairy-free alternative, replace feta with avocado
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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 24, 2015 at 4:21 pm

I’ve been on a salad bender too mainly because I get giant heads of lettuce in my CSA every week and someone’s got to eat that stuff. I’m not complaining, and simple or not, I love your kale salad, especially the feta. Yum.

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Khushboo August 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Feta makes errrrthang betta ;)!

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Cat August 24, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Kale yeah I love kale! Erm… #hlbstereotype…

But seriously, a warm kale salad is just beautiful thing. It’s so versatile too!

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Khushboo August 25, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Agreed- it pairs well with just about anything!

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Parita @ myinnershakti August 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Love kale as well! Have you ever had a massaged kale salad – yum! I think I used an avocado dressing when I made it last. Definitely something you’d enjoy!

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Khushboo August 25, 2015 at 8:27 pm

I have made a few massaged kale salads in the past- would love to try out your recipe!

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig August 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

I’ve only ever had kale chips and I thought they were disgusting… This recipe looks delicious though! Anything with cheese has me intrigued.

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Khushboo August 25, 2015 at 8:28 pm

You and me both- cheese can make just about anything taste good!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick August 24, 2015 at 6:59 pm

I LOVE kale but unfortunately we can hardly find any here in Switzerland….so weird! I had it a lot when I was over in the US and hell yes, combined with feta it’s so delicious!

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Khushboo August 25, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Ah that’s a shame- although I’m sure the copious amount of delish cheese & chocolate more than makes up of it ;)!

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dixya | food, pleasure, and health August 24, 2015 at 11:36 pm

i like kale too esp kale chips..

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Khushboo August 25, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Yum!

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Jen @ Chase the Red Grape August 25, 2015 at 7:20 am

I adore kale and I don’t care if it makes me sound like s cliche! It’s seriously one of my favourite foods and I could eat it everyday!
Loving being here in Australia as I can get kale from the local farmers market – the best tasting kale ever! All I could get in Scotland was prepared and bagged from the supermarket!

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Khushboo August 25, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Ooh I bet the farmers markets in Australia are amazing- I’ve only heard wonderful things about the food out there!

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Beverley @ sweaty&fit August 25, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Haha who DOESN’T like cheese? So crazy. I can see why you’re obsessed with this salad! Mm it looks amazing. Saving this for later

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Khushboo August 25, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Hope you enjoy the salad, Beverley :)!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan August 25, 2015 at 11:16 pm

“kale, freaking, yeah” indeed!!! I love kale too – and I LOVE simple recipes so I sure am glad you posted this!

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Khushboo August 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Hope you give it a try, Shashi 🙂

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 26, 2015 at 5:33 am

This looks perfect! I love kale and I really love a warm salad. And what isn’t better with salmon on top?!

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Khushboo August 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

You know it- salmon and cheese ;)!

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