How to Jazz-Up Your Kale Salad

By on October 6, 2015

By Christina Fleming –

Kale has a variety of health benefits. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, five grams of fiber and fat-free, but does include significant quantities of essential fatty acids that are good for you.

This makes it a great choice if you are looking for an ingredient that can help you lose weight. There are many other health benefits of including kale in your diet that you can read about in an article found at

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However, kale can taste very bland without jazzing it up a bit. This recipe will give your taste buds the salt, crunch and flavors that make kale easy to incorporate into your daily diet.  


Turkey bacon - chopped, a lemon and kale

Turkey bacon – chopped, a lemon and kale

4 cups of kale (chopped and rib removed)

5 slices of turkey bacon (chopped)

1 scallion (diced)

1/2 tsp. garlic (or more if you are not planning on attending a social event)

1/4 cup pine nuts

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. grated parmesan

1 tbsp. lemon juice

kale saladPreparation:

  • Heat olive oil on medium, add scallions, garlic and turkey bacon. Cook until turkey bacon is crisp to your liking (my husband says the crispier the better!).
  • Add kale and lemon juice, toss many times so it soaks up all the yummy flavors (usually about 4-5 min).
  • Remove from heat and toss with pine nuts and parmesan.


Voila! Another spin on how healthy doesn’t have to be tasteless. (For those of you that have husbands that believe salad is not a sufficient meal, feel free to add a side protein of your choice).


Christina is an at-home mom who enjoys DIY projects and cooking and baking with her two daughters, while supporting her husband in his ministry as a youth pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Mesa, AZ.



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How to Jazz-Up Your Kale Salad