A side view showing the sliced persimmons and sliced apples over a massaged kale salad with spicy lentils

Kale Salad with Spicy Lentils

This is really not your average salad, it’s the BEST Kale Salad recipe there is! Loaded with flavor and a heartiness from the spicy lentils and a balsamic vinaigrette. Now add in your favorite fruits and veggies and dig in!!
Course Salad, vegetarian
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword Kale Salad, Kale Salad Recipe, Massaged Kale Salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 852 kcal
Author Mahy


For the Salad

  • 4 cup Kale leaves washed and massaged with a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup apple thinly sliced
  • 1 cup persimmons thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion a small one of half a bog one thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/3 cup figs halved
  • 4 eggs hard boiled egg halved
  • 1 cup black lentils spicy lentils recipe below

Spicy Lentils:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups black lentils cooked
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley adding cilantro if you prefer
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Fig Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup figs quartered
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. Prepare the spicy lentils by sautéing the garlic in olive oil for a minute. Add in the lentils, salt and chilli flakes and then mix for another 2 minutes over medium high heat. Finish off with the parsley and a squirt of lime.
  2. Make the vinaigrette, put all the ingredients in a high speed blender and pulse until smooth. Store in a fridge, and save about 3 tablespoons for the salad.
  3. Assemble the salad. Toss the kale with a tablespoon of the vinaigrette and start assembling the remaining ingredients. Drizzle the remaining vinaigrette over the salad. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Always always massage your kale. Massaged kale can keeping the fridge for 3 days. It’s best to use a fruity/sweet salad dressing with kale to balance some of the bitterness. Making a homemade salad dressing can last for up to 3 months in your fridge, so it’s always best to try that! A good blender is all you need. The spicy lentils can be stored for a week in your fridge and used in salads, topped over soups, eggs, pasta, rice, salads or just as is. The final assembled salad makes great lunch the next day, and can stay fresh for at least 24 hours in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts
Kale Salad with Spicy Lentils
Amount Per Serving
Calories 852 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 356mg15%
Potassium 670mg19%
Carbohydrates 124g41%
Fiber 32g133%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 7025IU141%
Vitamin C 137.1mg166%
Calcium 225mg23%
Iron 14.3mg79%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.