Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing is a zesty kale salad with plump strawberries, organic pineapples drizzled with a delightful citrus honey dressing.
You need Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad with Citrus Honey Dressing in your Life
This salad is so delicious as it is half a fruit salad and half healthy kale salad. Sweet plump strawberries and pineapples were bountiful at the markets but feel free to exchange with any fruits in season that you desire. . In addition, this recipe is gluten-free, lactose free and vegan.
Bikini season and swim trunk season is well on its way. You need some quick and easy refreshing recipes to make at home and bring with you to BBQ's and events that can keep you looking fit. Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing is one of those 15 minutes wonders you can prep ahead and then toss in the dressing just before serving. You gotta love that!
We did not even want to bother needing to wash a dish or worry about getting a dish back at a party so we served our salad right inside the pineapple boats. Super Cute, right?
We know what you are thinking kale, really?
However, trust us on this as it is superb with fresh fruits. Kale's firm green texture is the perfect accompaniment to this salad.. You may substitute kale with any green you like such as rocket (arugula), spinach or romaine but these greens due tend to wilt faster. When you are hosting a outdoor party or bringing a dish to pass ,you want to be able to make it ahead and have it stay fresh.
Kale can be tough so there is one important step you must do to make this salad perfectly tender and well seasoned. First drizzle your chopped kale with a drizzle of olive oil and then sprinkle with sea salt and with your bare hands massage your kale like you would a new-born baby with baby oil. You really need to get in there and massage it good. Spoons, forks and spatulas are worthless for this job. You must use your hands as it is the only way to soften and moisturize the kale. Your kale will go from a light green to a bright "kelly" green as the oils penetrate into the leaves. You are seasoning the kale too.
Kale is one of those veggies you hear people adding to their smoothies. Have no fear you will not see a green smoothie on Healthy World Cuisine unless of course you would like us to make one. If you see a green smoothie like recipe on Healthy World Cuisine, it is most likely a Matcha Chocolate Chia Parfait. You see the family is not too keen on veggies in their smoothies. Did you know that the bitter green, kale is good for your liver? Read more about this on our Love Your Liver; Self Care and Meal Plan post.
Did you know that Fresh Pineapple Juice contains an enzyme bromelain, which is a natural meat tenderizer and it can wilt the salad. If you want to make in advance, prepare your kale and chop your fruit and prepare your dressing separately and then toss everything together before your guests arrive. You can do this several hours in advance. Be sure to check out our post on How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple for helpful hints.
We will let you in on a little secret. Our pineapple was so sweet and delicious that we did not even end up adding any honey to our salad dressing. We have kept the honey in the recipe as not everyones pineapple is this sweet. Please adjust the sweetness and tartness to your desired effect.
You can put in any fruit you like in Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing such as Grapes, kiwi, papaya, mangoes all would go great in here. You could also add fruits such as apples, pears and other fruits that oxidize as you will be using a citrus dressing that will help stop the oxidizing process. With all the fresh fruits of the spring and summer season, you may also enjoy our Quinoa Fruit Salad.
Low Carb Options
If you want to make this Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing lower carb or diabetic friendly, exchange the pineapple with another berry such as blueberries, raspberries or blackberries. Exchange the honey with a sugar substitute and do not add the juice of the orange but instead add a little of the orange zest.
If you are looking for a dish to pass, this recipe is fast, delicious, colorful and healthy too.
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Nutty Ginger Tamari Quinoa Salad
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Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing
- 4-5 cups kale 1 large bunch chopped and stalk and vein removed (about 4-5 cups chopped)
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup strawberries (washed and sliced)
- 1 cup pineapple
(peeled and diced) If diabetic exchange with a berry or just increase the amount of kale to berry ratio.
Citrus Honey Dressing
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ⅛ cup orange juice
- 2 teaspoon honey (or to taste)- if diabetic use sugar substitute
- Add your washed and chopped kale to a large bowl. Make sure to remove the stems and the stiff veins as well. Add the olive oil and salt to taste and massage your kale leaves for about 2- 3 minutes or until the leaves change from a light green to a bright kelly green in colour.
- Add your sliced strawberries and pineapple or fruit of choice.
- Add the juice of half of a lemon, half of a lime and half of orange juices and honey to the salad. Toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning. If you like it more salty add more salt. If you like it sweeter add more honey.
- Serve tutti fruitti kale salad with citrus honey dressing along the side of any delicious main dish or as a light lunch all on its own.
- If you want to make in advance, prepare your kale and chop your fruit and prepare your dressing separately and then toss everything together before your guests arrive.
Must admit I do not oft add fruits to my salads but this one of yours is interesting already for its oil-less dressing ~ I do not mind kale but our supermarkets sell such beautifully mixed bags of rocket and spinach I think I shall go that way first . . .
HWC Magazine says
Hi there Eha, you can certainly do the mix bags of greens. That would be lovely. However, this dressing is not completely oil free as we use the oil to massage the kale before adding the citrus dressing. Maybe, if you try this recipe with mixed greens, you can skip the massage step but add a dash of olive oil to the dressing before serving. Stay well and take care
Well this looks fun! and delicious!
HWC Magazine says
Thanks so much Mimi. Hope you give this tutti fruitti salad a try soon. Take Care
What a healthy looking salad. The honey is a nice touch!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
what an awesome recipe and interesting flavour combination. love the idea of using strawberries! thanks for the great ideas!
Delicious! Always love new ways to get creative with kale:)
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
I love kale and always in the fridge to use for my smoothies and salad. I need to grab some nice citrus fruits today and make this for dinner! My mouth water thinking of this delicious dressing~~~ Looking forward to eating a huge bowl of salad tonight!
I'm sorry for my belated comment my dear Bam... your salad looks really tasty! I'll try it for sure, not only because the summer is coming but even because I'm sure it's amazing!
Geni - Sweet and Crumby says
Wow, this salad literally jumps off the screen and demands to be eaten soon! It's gorgeous, bright, and so spring-y. Love the honey vinaigrette. Yum!
Krissie - Pearls of Style says
This sounds like a delicious combo and such a great way to use kale. Thank you for sharing.
Krissie x - http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com.au
What a great combination Bam - looks beautiful. I love kale... I'm still rejoicing about the fact that it's easy to get here compared to France. I never would have thought of mixing it up with pineapple and strawberries... I'll give it a try for sure!
[email protected] Creekside Cook says
This does look SO good, Bam. I agree 100% about massaging the kale - it makes such an enormous difference in the texture and flavor of raw kale. I also wanted to comment on the spring roll post, but it looks like comments are turned off for that one, so let me say here they look fantastic!
Healthy World Cuisine says
Hello Donalyn, thanks for stopping by. I am sorry you were not able to comment on my Rainbow Veggie Spring Rolls. I am working with my hosting company. We are having a bit of server issues so hopefully we will have this sorted soon. Have a super Easter Holiday. BAM
This looks great. And if one of my daughters is eating healthier or exercising more … I say nothing and just hope it continues!
A wonderful spring salad with just the right touch of fruitiness to balance the flavors.
The colors are an eye candy.