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Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing

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 that will have you looking hot in that bikini this summer. Kale Fruit salad_IMG_6157

You probably will not see a green smoothie on Bam's Kitchen.  Unless, that vibrant green colour was from a white chocolate mint vanilla frozen yogurt as teenagers are not too keen on drinking their vegetables.

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However, we do every once in a while crave a good salad.  The weather is starting to warm, except for those such as Australia, and others in the southern hemisphere. It is time to start thinking about getting lean and trim for those bikinis and Bermuda Trunks.

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Tutti fruitti kale salad with citrus honey dressing 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 and these are my boys 2 favorite fruits. Tutti fruitti salad and citrus honey dressing is gluten-free, lactose free and vegan.

My teenage boys would never, ever in their right mind eat plain kale unless it is disguised as something else like just plain lettuce. I called it curly leaf lettuce and let me tell you with all of that delicious fruit and delicately drizzled citrus dressing it had them swooning over this salad.

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I think both of my boys must have secret girlfriends as they both have been eating their body weight in fruits and vegetables and much less unhealthy snacks. I mean like lots of fruits. I can buy a bag of apples, bag of grapes, bunch of bananas, a quart of strawberries and some blueberries and just one day, it is all gone. Really! I have been checking for hallow legs and checking to see if they have been feeding the dog but I can find no evidence of this. The mind baffles.

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On Thursdays, the Corner Market always re-stocks their fresh organic veggies. Today their kale looked so picture perfect. Kale can be slightly bitter and 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. If this process does not work for you, then maybe you can use the plain kale as grass in the kids Easter baskets.

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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.

The citrus and honey dressing was just a happy accident. As I was unloading the groceries I saw oranges, lemons and my limes falling out onto my kitchen counter. Sweet oranges with the tart lemons and lime was sublime. I already had the olive oil in the kale so just a little touch of honey to balance the flavors and it was complete.

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If you want to make this Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing 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 for Easter dinner Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing is fast, delicious, colorful and healthy too.

I feel healthier already and I did not even have to plug my nose to drink one of those green health smoothies. As a matter of fact for the calories I saved up on this recipe, I can splurge and have that white chocolate mint vanilla frozen yogurt.

 

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Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing

By HWC Magazine  , , , , ,

April 11, 2014

Light and zesty kale salad with plump strawberries, organic pineapples drizzled with a delightful citrus honey dressing.

  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

kale - 1 large bunch chopped and stalk and vein removed (about 4-5 cups chopped)

olive oil - 2 tablespoons

sea salt - 1/2 -1 teaspoon to taste

strawberries - 1 cup (washed and sliced)

pineapple - 1 cup (peeled and diced)

Citrus Honey Dressing

lemon juice - 1/2 of lemon juiced (1.5 tablespoons)

lime juice - 1/2 of lime juiced (1 tablespoons)

orange juice - 1/2 of orange juiced (1/8 cup)

honey - 2 teaspoons (or to taste)- if diabetic use sugar substitute

Directions

1Add 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.

2Add your sliced strawberries and pineapple or fruit of choice.

3Add the juice of half of a lemon, half of a lime and half of orange juices 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.

4Serve 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. 

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  • What a wonderful salad Bam, we are in the salad zone this time of year. Great tip for massaging the kale.

  • Your salad looks refreshing! I really like the strawberry and pineapple combination. We’re eating more kale salads, so I’ll be trying this! Your boys are lucky to be influenced by all your healthy meals!

  • Eha

    Now let’s face it ~ I shall never wear a bikini again [come to think of it don’t think my parents ever let me 😀 !!]. But this is a beautiful salad to look at and you can swear on the fact I shall copy it verbatim ere the weekend is over!! Glad your offspring has discovered the fresh and the green 🙂 ! Yummy to come!!!!

  • The citrus and honey dressing also macerates the kale (softens and “cooks”). I adore kale and have some at home right now (will be lunch today). I like the addition on fruits in this salad, I may have to add fruit to my salad too.

  • Joanna

    This salad is right up my alley!! So fresh and tasty!! Om nom nom…

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I will miss salad days til spring comes around again. I will start with this one!

  • Robyn

    Oh, I love this salad, BAM, and I had no idea I should be massaging the kale! Definitely will be doing that next time. This will be my starter salad for Easter dinner – so fresh and beautiful. I love the citrus and honey dressing – betting that the flavours just dance on your taste buds! Photos are so fabulous, my friend!

  • I love the dressing on this! The picture is just amazing and inviting, BAM. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • Woow this is really very good salad. Fruits and vegetables, honey, citrus what else can I look for… I can play with the ingredients forever:). Although my boys will say remove that green thing hahaha, I can substitute the kale with lettuce though. Very colorful and encouraging to eat healthy. Thanks Bam

  • This looks divine, so fresh and delicious!

  • What a pity we are heading into the cold season – fabulous salad.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  • I have been trying hard to get more into kale – that is one of the only veges I am just not crazy about. I like them roasted, but not raw…maybe this recipe will change that?

  • kitchenriffs

    Great salad! And good tip on using your hands to massage the kale. You can actually do it with a pair of spoons to toss the kale, but it takes awhile. More times than not when I make a salad, I end up using my hands anyway, so I don’t know why I don’t just start with them!

  • Such a creative salad, Bobbi. I have an 8-year old boy that I just cannot envision having a raw salad (ever) right now but I have to keep hope alive since I never liked salad as a kid either. Good thing I’ve grown up. This salad looks so vibrant. I hope your boys keep eating their fruits and veggies – girlfriend of no girlfriend! ; )

  • I love how healthy and colorful this salad is! And that’s great that your boys are eating so healthy! 🙂

  • I love how refreshing this looks! Big fan of kale with fruits, and this honey dressing could tempt a saint 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • As much as I enjoy kale salads, they tend to always be the same general mixture of veggies and dressings, no matter where you get them. Finally, something fresh and different! The strawberry addition sounds especially perfect for spring, too.

  • This looks so simple yet so colorful and delicious! Now that spring is here and kale is so cheap its nice to have some different ideas to eat. Have a good weekend!

  • Seriously gorgeous salad! Love all those colors! Pinned!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Trish! Have a super weekend. BAM

  • I count myself very lucky that my 8yr old boy adores salad and hates carbs. He’s a skinny scrawny thing but loves his vegetables. His favourites are also pineapples and strawberries and he would devour this whole bowl. This is a lovely salad Bam, and love the name too, definitely draws attention.

  • The salad dressing sounds like something I would love 🙂 I judged the girlfriend state by when they started to shower and wear clean clothes out of choice.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Uh oh! I should have known the whole wearing clean clothes things was different. Yikes, I also have been informed that a “Friend” will be joining us for dinner tomorrow. The drama continues… Have a great weekend Tandy.

  • Adri

    I always enjoy kale. but I never thought of putting it with anything sweet or fruity or a citrusy dressing. This is a great idea!

  • Gorgeous salad Bam. I love to add fruits to my salad and yours look so vibrant. Love the fruity flavors.

  • Lisa

    I think this is one of the most beautiful salads I’ve ever seen. Your photos are slammin’ with all that gorgeous natural light, natural light that continues to elude me. One day..one day lol Now I need to pin this so it’s easily nabbed when I want to make it 🙂

  • Ohhh… this salad just screams warm weather to me! It looks so fresh, healthy, and delicious!

  • I saw this salad on facebook and I just wish I could grab it from the screen! I ama salad and fruit person and this is something I am sure I would absolutely love.

  • Kumar’s Kitchen

    oh this is one perfect salad…with well balanced flavors..the hint of bitterness from kale is well balanced with fresh ripe strawberries and pineapple and with a squeeze of citrus…aromatic,lovely and nourishing dish,thanks so much for the inspiration 🙂

  • My kind of salad and dressing. The kale, strawberries and pineapple combo make this a very pretty salad.

  • What a beautiful and healthy looking spring salad!

  • hotlyspiced

    I love how you wrote about this and I love the name of the salad too. This is so colourful and pretty with a great lot of texture and flavour. Yes, things are definitely cooling down here in Sydney – so sad! But despite the cooler days, I think we can manage this salad xx

  • Yeah, I’m with you on the green smoothies! I’d much rather eat my kale in salads…and with pineapple and strawberries, it much taste amazing!

  • MmmMMmmm that looks sooo good! I prefer to eat my veges than drink it too. I must try using strawberries in my kale salad next time!

  • Oh, how I envy you!! Strawberries and pineapple at your market just ripe for the plucking!! I was at ours today and bought.. carrots. There’s other veggies, of course, but I refuse to pay market prices for food I know isn’t local. I’m crazy about this salad!! I love the idea of fruit salad and kale mixed together:) I’m making this for supper tomorrow!! xx

  • I love this salad, the combination of fruits and kale as well as the zesty sauce!

  • Buongiorno, BAM! Though I’ll gladly try this delicious salad, no amount of it will make me look good in a bikini this or any Summer. Trust me.
    Your photography is always top-notch and it really does add to the dish’s appeal. You could not hope for a more appealing salad than the one you’ve presented here. The colors are so vibrant and that dressing sounds wonderful. Good tip, too, about massaging kale with olive oil. I never would have thought that on my own.
    Have a great week, BAM!

  • Love this! So colourful, too!

  • Love the name and love this pretty salad!

  • Gorgeous salad & thanks for the tip on kale…I didn’t realize there was a way to make that a little more appetizing other than in a soup. But really, what are the boys doing with all the fruit? You should check out front & see if they’re running a fruit stand out there for some spending money for the girlfriends.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Diane, I have no idea what the boys are doing with all of that fruit. Good point, I am checking the front of the apartment now for a fruit stand… LOL Wishing you a super weekend. BAM

  • I’ve been celebrating Meatless Monday over at my Pinterest and this is an excellent addition! Kale is so versatile and this salad looks very refreshing.

  • I made a similar one in my son’s birthday party and it was a big hit! This one looks so fresh and delicious!

  • I love the name of this salad! Yup, I totally crave salad this time of year. This salad looks delicious. 🙂

  • Gorgeous salad!!

  • Such a refreshing and gorgeous salad. I always wondered about strawberries in salad, how they work there…

  • Kathleen Richardson

    I want to try your idea of massaging kale, BAM. I always thought it needed a little tenderizing. This is such a colorful salad. Can’t believe anyone would ever turn it down. Well done!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Kathleen. Wishing you a super holiday weekend. I hope the Easter bunny is good to you. Take Care, BAM

  • I love fruity salad but never tried strawberries on them, will have to do it next time

  • A wonderful spring salad with just the right touch of fruitiness to balance the flavors.
    The colors are an eye candy.

  • This looks great. And if one of my daughters is eating healthier or exercising more … I say nothing and just hope it continues!

  • 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!

    • Bams Kitchen

      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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

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  • Delicious! Always love new ways to get creative with kale:)

  • what an awesome recipe and interesting flavour combination. love the idea of using strawberries! thanks for the great ideas!

  • What a healthy looking salad. The honey is a nice touch!

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