Mexican Kale Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette

Enjoy a delicious and easy to make Mexican Kale Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette!

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The weather here in New York was a little crazy this weekend. On Saturday, it was hot and sunny one minute, then pouring rain the next.

My husband and I walked down to the Lincoln Center for a Beatles exhibit, and we just missed getting drenched. Have I mentioned that I hate rain?

By Sunday, the storms were gone, and we spent most of the afternoon in the park enjoying the weather.

It seems like everyone in the city was out and about, and there was some seriously good people watching. Like the Grim Reaper rollerblading around the Central Park loop … only in New York?

Mexican Kale Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette ... this fresh, flavorful vegetarian kale salad recipe makes a delicious, filling meal that everyone will enjoy! | Hello Little Home

Of course, a lazy day in the park wouldn’t be complete without a picnic!

Now, I’m a huge fan of taco salad (the kind with crushed Doritos), but it’s not exactly healthy. So I did a little experimenting and created a Mexican Kale Salad with a Chili-Lime Vinaigrette.

It’s the perfect thing for a lazy weekend picnic.

Making Mexican Kale Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette

This isn’t your typical kale salad. Have you ever had one with tough, chewy bits of kale? Sure, it’s healthy, but it’s not exactly enjoyable to eat.

I think that’s what my husband was expecting when I told him this Mexican Kale Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette was on the menu!

Mexican Kale Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette ... this fresh, flavorful vegetarian kale salad recipe makes a delicious, filling meal that everyone will enjoy! | Hello Little Home

There are a few tricks to an enjoyable kale salad.

First, I like to use lacinato, or “dinosaur,” kale, which isn’t as tough as curly kale.

Next, toss the kale with a little olive and salt. This softens up the leaves and breaks down their waxy coating.

Finally, instead of just tossing the vinaigrette with the kale, use your hands hands and massage it in. Yes, it’s a little strange, but it makes big difference.

My husband was pleasantly surprised by this Mexican Kale Salad, and I think you will be, too! It’s full of flavor and filled fresh veggies and other healthy ingredients. The Chili-Lime Vinaigrette is sweet and mildly spicy, and it adds just enough richness to the salad.

Give it a try at your next picnic.

 

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Mexican Kale Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This Mexican Kale Salad is bursting with fresh, delicious flavors!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 main dish servings
Calories: 483 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale (flat leaf kale)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
For Vinaigrette:
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp ancho chili pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch pepper
For Salad:
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 15- oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (lightly packed), chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • tortilla chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry kale.
  2. Remove kale leaves from stems (see note for help).
  3. Stack kale leaves and roll up. Slice about 1/4-inch thick.
  4. Add sliced kale to a large bowl. Toss with 1 tbsp. olive oil and 1/2 tsp. salt. Set aside while you prepare the remaining salad ingredients.
Prepare Vinaigrette:
  1. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, apple cider vinegar, cayenne, ancho chili pepper powder, maple syrup, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Whisk ingredients together.
  3. Taste vinaigrette and add more salt, if necessary. Set aside.
Finish salad:
  1. Pour vinaigrette over kale.
  2. Take a minute to massage vinaigrette into kale, using your hands.
  3. Top kale with cherry tomatoes, black beans, cilantro, and corn. Toss to combine.
  4. Add avocado and feta cheese to salad. Fold in gently.
  5. Serve salad topped with tortilla chips (optional).
Notes

To remove tough stems from kale leaves, grab onto top of stem and quickly slide your hand down, separating leaves from stem as you go.

If you can't find ancho chili pepper powder (I got it at Penzeys), replace it with regular chili powder.

This Mexican Kale Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette has become a favorite in my home, and I know you’re going to love it, too!

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  1. Ginnie, your salad looks fabulous! I love kale And I love Tex-mex flavors so I am sure this would be a winner in our house….pinned to try. found at sweet bella roos linky. Hope you are having a wonderful week..And, tee–hee…cutting back on carbs at my house too…funny….

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  3. I’m going to have to add this to my Meatless Monday rotation! Fresh, local dinosaur kale is only available for another month or so until it gets too hot to grow it in the valley!

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