Summer Berry Kale Salad

When deciding what to serve at a summer picnic I think about two things, taste and color, and of course the ability to hold up.  Often times I end up making things the night before.  This Summer Berry Kale Salad is all of those things plus a green salad packed with nutrition!  I combine the kale with a simple light flavorful lemony dressing; add berries for color and sweetness, some sweet corn (it is so delicious this time of the year), and some crunchy pecans for texture.  I have ate a whole bowl of this salad for dinner, but it is wonderful as a side dish at a picnic alongside a protein or combined with other hearty salads; it is on the lighter side.

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, zest, vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, and sea salt until well combined. Place the kale in a large bowl and pour the dressing over. Massage the dressing into the kale with your hands until it is all coated. Add the basil, berries, corn and pecans and toss to combine. Serve!

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Recipe Type

  • Allergen Friendly
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Heart Healthy
  • Paleo
  • Raw
  • Salad
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Salad
  • Side Dish

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Easy