Kale Salad with Preserved Lemon & Walnuts

November/December 2013

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In this kale salad recipe, we massage dressing into the kale leaves until they’re tender and coated with flavor. Topped with bold Mediterranean flavors—olives, walnuts and preserved lemons—this healthy salad is as delicious as it is nutritious. Look for preserved lemons at specialty-foods shops or online at Or, to make your own, see the recipe on

Kale Salad with Preserved Lemon & Walnuts

Makes: 8 servings, about 1 cup each

Serving Size: about 1 cup

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  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 10 cups thinly sliced kale (from 1 large bunch)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts (see Tips)
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped rinsed preserved lemon rind (see Tips) or rinsed capers


  1. Mash garlic and salt together on a cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife (or in a bowl with a spoon) to form a paste. Transfer to a large bowl. Whisk in oil, lemon juice, oregano and pepper to combine. Add kale to the bowl. With clean hands, massage the kale until it’s well coated with the dressing and reduced in volume, about 1 minute. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with walnuts, olives and preserved lemon (or capers).

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Hold at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
  • Tips:
  • To toast chopped nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Preserved lemons are lemons that have been soaked in a salt-lemon mixture for at least 30 days. Their salty sourness is a signature flavor in Moroccan dishes. Find them at specialty-food stores or online at To make your own:


Per serving: 166 calories; 13 g fat (2 g sat, 7 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 11 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 4 g protein; 2 g fiber; 253 mg sodium; 420 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (258% daily value), Vitamin C (173% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable, 2 1/2 fat

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Recipe Categories

Type of Dish
Side dish, vegetable
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
30 minutes or less
8 or more
Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
Preparation/ Technique

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