Hot roasted potatoes in this healthy kale salad recipe wilt the kale just enough to make it tender. Bacon and blue cheese layer on smoky, salty flavors to stand up to the flavor of the kale. Go for a strong blue cheese--we enjoy the tanginess of Maytag. Serve this salad with steak or chicken.

Katie Webster
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2014


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Toss potatoes, 1 tablespoon oil, thyme and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread out on a large baking sheet (reserve the bowl). Roast the potatoes, stirring once or twice, until tender and browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Place kale in the large bowl, add the hot potatoes and let stand for several minutes, tossing occasionally, until the potatoes are warm but not hot.

  • Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, blue cheese, shallot, mustard, parsley and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the warm salad. Add bacon, endive and currants (or cranberries); toss to combine. Serve immediately.


Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

189 calories; protein 5.1g; carbohydrates 21.1g; dietary fiber 3.4g; sugars 6.5g; fat 10.1g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 6.7mg; vitamin a iu 2414.9IU; vitamin c 29.2mg; folate 85.1mcg; calcium 82.1mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 35.2mg; potassium 630.4mg; sodium 346mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 1g.

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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
This may be the best kale recipe that I have tasted! I used all the ingredients listed but increased the amount of kale and dressing and added some grilled small tomatoes. With a squash soup it made a wonderful summer supper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Even works for vegetarians! My husband and I love this salad even without the bacon! I've tried it with both kale and spinach and I prefer spinach since it isn't quite as crunchy as the kale even after putting warm potatoes on it. I also like it with some sun dried tomatoes for a strong taste in place of the bacon. Pros: healthy easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fantastic and flexible My husband and teenagers love this as much as I do. I've made it like the recipe except with feta cheese instead of blue and omitted the bacon (although it would be good I don't eat much meat). I've used lacinto kale and that works perfectly. Pros: Easy to make and delicious! Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great take on a Kale Salad! I made the salad as stated. Added 2 extra slices of bacon since that is what I had left over from brunch and added a little extra blue cheese. The salad turned out great. We ate it still warm but I look forward to eating it chilled tomorrow as my lunch. If my fiance is willing to eat kale; I know it's a success! Pros: Easily functioned as both my starch and vegetable as my side to a protein Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Kale torn in bite size pieces overwhelmed the potatoes and kale needed to be blanched. I think curly kale cut into ribbons will work better. Nice idea baking the bacon with the potatoes! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious entree salad I absolutely loved this salad. Got the hubby to eat kale - which is always a plus! I am not the biggest fan of blue cheese so we used goat cheese. I also only had about 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and definitely felt like that was enough. We only had dried cherries so we used this instead and they were a pleasant sweet kick in this salad. Trader Joe's turkey bacon instead of real bacon helped lower the calories a bit as well. Definitely will be a repeat dinner! Pros: Quick filling and so flavorful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The dressing is fantastic! Made exactly as written. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was fantastic. I cut the recipe in half for two Because that is what I had left I used 4 C of kale for the two of us and only one piece of bacon. I skipped the endive at the end and can't say I missed it. I used the cranberries and a good flavorful gorgonzola. I served it with a piece potato crusted cod - it made a complete meal and we ate it all. I followed the directions but I did mix in the dressing about 5 minutes before serving to help soften the kale. I used red Russian kale from my farm box. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious and filling as a main course Used fresh beet greens instead of kale and it turned out great. There's a lot of flavor in the dressing and the endive strips add great crunch. I baked the bacon on the baking sheet with the potatoes to avoid using an extra pan. Definitely can be used as a main dish salad. Pros: Hearty flavorful Read More