Easy Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing

It already feels like summer here in New York.

Temperatures are in the 80’s, leaves are green, and my sundresses and shorts are in heavy rotation. All of that is wonderful, but the hot weather also means that turning on my stove heats up my whole apartment. Not so fun!

Takeout is a constant temptation in summer … ordering from Seamless is just too easy! Rather than stop cooking altogether though, I’m working no cook dinners into my meal plan.

One dish that’s always a favorite is a hearty salad, like this easy Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing!

This delicious and easy Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing is the perfect no-cook summer recipe! | Hello Little Home

I’ve always liked salads, but what I don’t enjoy is feeling hungry again a couple hours later. You won’t have that problem with this easy kale salad. It’s full of protein from the the chickpeas and almonds, plus healthy fats from the avocado and olive oil.

If not prepared properly, kale can be overly chewy. To avoid this, I started by massaging olive oil and salt into the greens. After a couple minutes of this, I set the kale aside to prepare the other ingredients. Massaging a vegetable sounds funny, but it really softens up the kale and makes it more palatable when eaten raw.

My favorite part of this salad is the Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing. The creaminess comes from Greek yogurt and a little olive oil, and the bright flavors come from the lemon and garlic. It’s super easy to make, and I love how the crinkly kale leaves catch a bit of dressing in every bite.

Add chickpeas, tomatoes, almonds, and avocado to the kale, toss everything together with the dressing, and dinner is served. Try this easy Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing the next time you’re tempted to skip cooking on a hot summer day!

Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing

Yield: 4 main dish servings, 6-8 side dish servings

Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing

Ingredients

    For kale:
  • 2 bunches kale (dinosaur or lacinato)
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • For dressing:
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • For salad:
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 avocado, diced

Instructions

    Prepare kale:
  1. Remove kale leaves from stems, then slice.
  2. Place kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Put your hands in the bowl and take a couple minutes to massage the oil and salt into the kale. Set aside.
  4. Make dressing:
  5. Zest lemon, then mince zest.
  6. Cut lemon in half and juice it.
  7. In a small bowl, combine zest, lemon juice, yogurt, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  8. Mix well, then adjust seasonings, if necessary. Set aside.
  9. Assemble salad:
  10. Top kale with tomatoes, chickpeas, almonds, and avocado.
  11. Toss salad, then drizzle with dressing.
  12. Mix salad until kale is coated with dressing.
  13. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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This delicious and easy Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing is the perfect no-cook summer recipe! | Hello Little Home The avocado in this easy kale salad is the perfect complement to the creamy lemon-garlic dressing.

This delicious and easy Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing is the perfect no-cook summer recipe! | Hello Little Home Don’t you just want to take a bite?

This delicious and easy Kale Salad with Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing is the perfect no-cook summer recipe! | Hello Little Home What is your favorite no cook summer recipe?

P.S. If you like this easy kale salad, try my Mexican Kale Salad and Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad recipes, too!

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