Summer salads don’t get better than this Kale Cherry Salad! It’s packed with hearty kale, juicy cherries and blueberries, creamy goat cheese and almonds, and it’s tossed in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette!

summer kale salad in white bowl

I was on a family vacation last week for the Fourth of July and feel like I’ve been gone forever!  We had a lot of relaxation and fun in the sun, so I’m refreshed and ready to go.  

I’m always thrilled to get back into my kitchen after vacation.  I’ve really missed cooking.

This Kale Cherry Salad is pretty much what I was living on before I went on vacation, and I’m so happy that I’m finally sharing it with you today!

summer kale salad in bowl before tossing

I don’t keep my love of kale a secret….I just can’t get enough of it.  I grow lacinto kale variety in my garden and love being able to grab what I need for soups, smoothies, pasta, and salads like this.

Kale is phenomenal any way you cook it as far as I’m concerned, but my favorite way to enjoy it is raw.  I love the bold flavor and hearty texture in salads and that it won’t get limp and lifeless once it’s tossed with dressing.

Quite possibly you’ve steered clear from kale because of its bitter flavor, but that can be remedied.  If you give kale a massage, the fibrous leaves break down and wilt slightly and the bitter flavor mellows.

See my massaged kale salad for all the details!

summer kale salad with dressing pouring

Superfoods are nutrient-rich powerhouses that promote good health.  The kale, blueberries, cherries, green onions, and almonds all fit into the superfood category.  They’re foods that you can easily incorporate into your diet to get an extra dose of vitamins and minerals.

Not only is this kale cherry salad recipe packed with super foods — it tastes super too. 🙂

I’m a huge fan of sweet and savory foods, and this salad has it all.  These ingredients were meant to be together and I’ll be making (and eating) this salad all summer long.

This is the best kale salad ever. 🙂

close up of summer kale salad with cherries and goat cheese

Recipe notes

  • The nutrition information contains only half of the dressing.  Store the remaining dressing in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to one week.
  • To toast your almonds, place in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant.
  • Sub the goat cheese with feta or omit it altogether to make it gluten-free.
overhead shot of summer kale salad with fork

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Kale cherry salad in a white bowl

Kale Cherry Salad with Goat Cheese

Kale Cherry Salad with Goat Cheese is an addicting superfood kale salad tossed in a tangy balsamic maple vinaigrette!
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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch lacinto kale torn (discard tough inner stem)
  • 1 cup fresh cherries stemmed, pitted, and halved
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 green onions both white and green parts, sliced on the bias
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Instructions 

  • Place the kale, cherries, blueberries, green onion, goat cheese, and almonds in a large bowl.
  • Pour the 1/2 of the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.  Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • The nutrition information contains only half of the dressing.  Store the remaining dressing in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to one week.
  • To toast your almonds, place in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant.
  • Sub the goat cheese with feta or omit it altogether to make it gluten-free.

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 102mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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