July 31, 2014 55

Herby Summer Kale Salad with Stone Fruit + Zesty Lime Vinaigrette

Summer's Bounty Chopped Kale Salad | @withfoodandlove

Life has been really good to me lately, I can’t shouldn’t complain. My heart is full and my days are long, really long, but in the best way possible. My plant-based chef certification program is in full swing, I have another Lean + Green group starting on Monday and of course I’ve been traveling like a crazy person {will I ever stop?}…and seriously, with an upcoming trip to Canada next week, I fear I may never slow down.

My assignment at Rouxbe this week was to create my go-to dish. Something that I tend to make over and over again. Something that just feels good. Since I’ve been craving all sorts of raw, earthy-goodness I decided to go the classic route, simple + easy. Because there’s nothing more satisfying than a flavor-packed salad full of all things summer.

This massaged + chopped kale salad {massaging kale isn’t as pretentious as it seems, get the scoop below} with cabbage and nectarines is super light yet grounding all at the same time. Exactly what I needed to detox my body and my mind as I prepare for another full week ahead.

Summer's Bounty Chopped Kale Salad | @withfoodandlove

Summer's Bounty Chopped Kale Salad | @withfoodandlove

Summer's Bounty Chopped Kale Salad | @withfoodandlove

Let’s call this the Summer’s Bounty Chopped Kale Salad with Nectarines and Zesty Lime Vinaigrette and it was totally inspired by my girl Julia’s new book, Let Them Eat Kale. Julia has an amazing blog called, The Roasted Root. She also wrote Delicious Probiotic Drinks which came out earlier this year and it totally RULES!! I’ve been transforming my kombucha home-brews into amazing elixirs ever since with this bad boy.

Let Them Eat Kale {I’m totally giving away a copy of this book, jump to the bottom of this post for details} is brilliantly crafted and beautifully illustrated. I think one of my favorite parts of the book is the Introduction, where she breaks all-things-kale down for you. Kale prepared raw is hard to chew and even harder to digest, most people I know don’t prefer it this way.

You can magically transform raw kale with a little massage action. In fact after you give your little leaf a rub down everything about its structure, texture + taste changes. Kale becomes less bitter and easier to digest the more you massage it; trust me your tummy + taste-buds will thank you. There’s a lot more to kale than green smoothies. This book is for vegetarians, health-freaks, omnivores, carnivores + anyone who just likes to eat good food. You NEED this book in your life.

In other news…here are some links + updates you should totally know about.

Wow wow wow! Parade Magazine named me one of the 18 Best Food Instagrams to follow, so I guess that means you should probably come follow me And if you already do, I love you to the moon and back.

My friend Ziggy + the Master Pickleteer behind Fox Point Pickles needs your help. Would you consider donating to his Kickstarter? I’m pretty sure there are pickles in it for you  if you do. Trust – they are AMAZE-zing.

I am totally loving my CSA this summer, can’t. get. enough.

I’m so bad with sending out my newsletter, but I’m sending out a very special summer edition at the beginning of next week. Be sure not to miss it and sign up for my month newsletter HERE.

And don’t forget you can win a copy of Let Them Eat Kale, enter at the bottom of this post…

Summer's Bounty Chopped Kale Salad | @withfoodandlove

Summer's Bounty Chopped Kale Salad | @withfoodandlove

Summer's Bounty Chopped Kale Salad | @withfoodandlove

Summer’s Bounty Chopped Kale Salad with Nectarines

Inspired by, Julia Mueller’s new book, Let Them Eat Kale

Notes: this will serve 2 hungry souls for breakfast, lunch or dinner + it takes just 10 minutes to make.


  • 10 stalks of lacinato kale
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 nectarine sliced into thin pieces {peaches, plums or cherries would also work}
  • small handful chopped fresh cilantro
  • large handful chopped parsley, I actually used the tops of the carrots from my CSA box – cousin of the parsley plant
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion

Wash, dry and remove the ribs from the kale and cut it into finely shredded pieces. Toss the kale in a large bowl with the olive oil, lime juice and sea salt. Massage it, with your hands for about 3 minutes.

Then add in the red and green cabbage, nectarine, cilantro, parsley and red onion and combine well.

Drizzle on the dressing {see below} and serve.

Zesty Lime Vinaigrette

This makes about 1/4 cup + you’ll use every last drop.


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • zest from 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • heavy pinch of black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk for about 15 seconds.

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Thanks to the folks at Skyhorse Publishing for gifting me an advance copy of Let Them Eat Kale! This post is in partnership with Philly FoodWorks; all opinions are my own.

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55 Responses to "Herby Summer Kale Salad with Stone Fruit + Zesty Lime Vinaigrette"

  1. Reply

    shanna mallon

    July 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I follow you on Instagram and I love kale because helllloooo it’s so good. I love it in pesto, in salad, in soup, sauteed with onions and toasted nuts. Plus also there is the fact that it’s nutritious and so high on the ANDI guide. Mostly though I like how it tastes.

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    July 31, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    I’m a new lover of kale. I’ve heard so much about it and have finally started eating it. I like that it is versatile. I throw it in lasagna or a quesadilla or any number of things. Thanks to kale, I finally had my iron count up enough to give blood for the first time.

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      August 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      That’s incredible – yay GO KALE!!

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    July 31, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Oh, I didn’t know you could eat carrot tops .. lol.

    I can’t say that I “love” kale .. and that’s why I stopped by because I’m always on the look out for a great kale recipe to try. I do like cooked kale better than raw though.


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      August 3, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      You can eat them + they’re awesome, enjoy!! :))

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    July 31, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Sherrie, thank you so much for your fabulous review of my cookbook and for your kind words! Your salad turned out so beautifully! A MILLION congrats on being named one of Parade Magazine’s top blogs to follow! This is so incredible, and SO well-deserved! I’m clapping my hands and giving you all the high-fives! xoxo

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      August 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      High -fives to you Julia – CONGRATS on this book!!

      can’t. get. enough. kale. XO :))

  5. Reply


    July 31, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Oh this salad is perfect for the kale and red cabbage we’ll be getting in our CSA this week! I’m still working liking kale… let alone loving it… but this looks really good!

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      August 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      I think this salad + Let Them Eat Kale could definitely get you to love it Janelle!! :))

  6. Reply


    July 31, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    That book looks incredible!! You can never get enough kale imo. And this is so fresh I could just eat it of the page.

  7. Reply


    July 31, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    I happen to have a HUGE amount of kale that I need to use up. Doing this tonight!

  8. Reply

    Jen Berry

    July 31, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing! I love kale because of its health benefits, I usually throw it in smoothies so this was a nice change! I follow you on Instagram & Pinterest, love your blog!!

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      August 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Thanks for reading Jen, means the world to me!! :))

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    July 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Just followed on Pinterest… going to be creeping your boards all night! I love kale because it is so versatile and you can easily add it to anything for more veggies!

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      August 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Hope you found some good stuff on there Cassie!!

  10. Reply


    July 31, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    I follow you on instagram! and Pinterest! I love both curly and flat leaf kale… especially raw in salads as a nice alternative to standard greens or spinach. I use it in so many recipes… it hold up so well!

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    Kari @ Cooking with Toddlers

    July 31, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Not only does this look amazing but I had no idea carrot tops were edible! We’re big fans of eating radish and beet tops but we’ve never ventured into carrots!. Thanks for sharing.

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      August 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Carrot tops are all the rage ;)

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    August 1, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    What a gorgeous and fresh salad! I could probably eat this all day long. Have a great time in Canada!

  13. Reply


    August 1, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    I had kale growing in the garden of our previous house, but now that we’ve moved I got to get some growing here too. I love being able to go to the backyard for a piece of kale fresh from the garden. And having it in this summer chopped salad would be perfect!

  14. Reply

    Jade Sheldon-Burnsed

    August 1, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I follow you on Pinterest and I LOVE Kale because of it’s incredible texture!

  15. Reply


    August 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    I love kale! Even my husband loves a good kale salad…and he’s not a big fan of vegetables. I would love to win this book to expand my kale repertoire!

  16. Reply

    Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri

    August 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I follow you on Instagram and Pinterest :) Hope fan of both of you and her cookbook looks AMAZING! I LOVE kale, it’s my favorite dark leafy green. My favorite way to eat kale is homemade kale chips or pan sautéed with pasture butter, lemon and some bone broth. Yum! Congrats too! xo

  17. Reply


    August 1, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Peach with Kale in this salad sounds and looks amazing. I’m not surprised you were mentioned in the IG list, love your work :)

  18. Reply

    Donna F.

    August 1, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    following on pinterest (username donnajustine)

    I love kale because it’s healthy and there’s so many great ways to make it delicious! This salad looks amazing!

  19. Reply


    August 1, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Kale has such a wonderful nutritional profile and it tastes so good too. My favorite is kale chips! I follow you on Pinterest.

  20. Reply


    August 2, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    I am a recent kale convert and can’t get enough. Book looks wonderful as does your beautiful salad. Looking forward to diving into both!

  21. Reply


    August 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Lady! I have gone back to look at this post 4 times this morning. Such beautiful pictures, and I am so craving that salad. Kale is my go-to, especially since my fridge is full from my in-laws bountiful garden. Kale fritters (so good), kale wraps, kale smoothie, crispy sesame kale salad with brown rice. Kale for the win!

    • Reply


      August 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      You’re too kind – seriously you’re making me **blush**


  22. Reply


    August 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    So glad I came across your website. I’ve been looking for new ways to cook more vegetarian and vegan dishes. A few years ago I switched to a vegan diet and feel in love with kale. It tastes so good in so many dishes. I add it to my eggs for breakfast, salads, and my favorite is sauted with peanut butter and red onions. I plan on making this kale and nectarine salad for dinner tonight.

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      August 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      I hope the salad was delicious + I’m so glad you came across my website as well. Thanks so much for reading, hope you visit soon Jenifer :))


  23. Reply


    August 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    I’m so in love with these vibrant photos! So fresh and full of goodness. And major yay for the good kind of busy! (Though I still hope that you get a chance to unwind here and there!) Love this salad so much.

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      August 3, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      I don’t think I was born with the unwind gene ;)

      Love you girl!!

  24. Reply


    August 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I follow you on instragram (vegchicblog) and probably on Pinterest soon. I love kale because it is a nutritional powerouse and delicious in so many dishes.

  25. Reply


    August 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    My girlfriends and I love sharing cool blogs we find. We’re big fans of “Food 5″2 and “Cooking With Mr. C.” I just found your blog and love it. I will share it with them.


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      August 3, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Food52 is the best, glad they sent you my way. Welcome Dolores :))


  26. Reply


    August 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    It def. took me awhile to become a kale lover but now I use it in salads, eggs, smoothies and I make kale chips! Thanks for sharing all your amazing recipes!!

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      August 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Anytime Nicole, thanks for reading <3

  27. Reply


    August 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    I have been loving kale this summer…..plenty of varieties available at my local farmers market. I use it in eggs and salads. I am always looking for new ideas. :-)

  28. Reply


    August 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    I follow you on Pinterest and saw this delicious looking salad pinned. I will definitely try it! I made jake chips recently and loved them. Yum!

  29. Reply

    Kimberley Owens

    August 4, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    I am amazed. For years “salad” was my favorite food. And did I ever make some ahhh-MAZING salads! Then in January my husband and I started eating whole foods to get healthy and lose weight. We stopped eating sugar and flour. We began to experiment with fresh beets and kale and thought “Kale my love, where’ve you been all my life?!” Kale changed our life!

  30. Reply


    August 5, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    I love kale every which way. Lately, I’ve been making a red kale and quinoa salad with silvered almonds, dried apricots, apples and a dijon vinaigrette. Delicious!

  31. Reply


    August 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    I followed you on IG and I loooove kale because it’s versatile: kale chips, kale salad, sauteed kale … I could go on. Would love a new cookbook with more new ways to eat it!

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    August 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    I love kale for its versatility. Drop it into smoothies, juice it, make dehydrated kale chips or crackers, steam it, sauté it, throw it into soups…. It’s good just about anywhere! Oh – and I follow you on Instagram, AND on Pinterest!

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    Angie Medbery

    August 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Sherrie!! Of course I follow you in facebook and pinterest but not instagram but inly because I dont use instagram :). I love love love kale and eat it every day whether in a smoothie, a juice, kale salad or saute it up and throw it in pasta or soup. Kale make my body feel good. If I go a few days without kale I definitely can tell a difference. When I go out of town and there isnt a great blender or juicer where I am going I even bring my vitamix so I can still make my kale smoothies…haha. call me crazy :). Needless to say, I would love a copy of this book :).
    Oh yeah, I started making the salad above and LOVE IT! I have been adding pistachios or pomegrante seeds or both as well :)
    Thanks for all your beautiful posts and updates!

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    August 6, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Hi! I am following on both Instagram and Pinterest! I love how versitile Kale is! From salads, to soups, to cold to hot! Its also so delicious and healthy! I love sneaking it into a smoothie!

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    August 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    I think I am too late for the giveaway, but this salad is so beautiful!

  36. Reply


    August 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    I looooove me some kale salad. This one looks and sounds spectacular! Your photos are absolutely stunning. Glad I stumbled across your blog this morning!

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      August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Hey Kate!

      Super stoked you stumbled across my blog as well. I am huge fan of your work, thanks for all the kind words. Made my day!!


  37. Reply

    Claire Ragozzino

    August 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Gorgeous! I’m putting this one on my list of weekend meals to try out :)

  38. Reply

    Leticia Arreola

    May 7, 2015 at 2:08 AM

    To the moon and back my new favorite person. U R amazing !!

    • Reply


      May 7, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      Hahaha, why thank you Leticia. So happy you’ve found my blog and you’re loving it, xo!!

    • Reply


      May 7, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      Hahaha, why thank you Leticia. So happy you’ve found my blog and you’re loving it, xo!!

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