It finally feels like spring has arrived here in Berkeley. I’m so excited to see the first batch of seasonal strawberries.
To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with a variety of talented bloggers and recipe developers for a strawberry party on Instagram, hosted by Square Meal Round Table. We’re sharing our favorite ways to use strawberries. You can check out everyone’s Instagram posts on Wednesday, April 25. You can also type the hashtag #strawberriesarethejam.
I love strawberries in all sorts of sweet and savory foods. I especially enjoy eating them straight from the market. They really are nature’s candy. Here, I wanted to share my recipe for strawberry kale salad.
I first made this salad in cooking school at Bauman College in Berkeley. With my first taste , I let out a gasp. I had never tasted a kale salad this delicious. Since then, I have adapted the recipe. It’s so versatile because you can change the fruit throughout the season; apples or persimmons in the fall, blood oranges or pomegranates in the winter, blueberries or strawberries in the spring and summer.
It’s a light but hearty salad made out of dino or lacinto kale, shaved parmesan, red quinoa, sunflower seeds and red onions. The kale is cut into chiffonade ribbons and massaged gently with salt and EVOO. If you are new to chiffonade, here’s some information on how to cut kale into thin long ribbons. The kale is left to sit for a bit to soften and later dressed with a sweet aged balsamic vinaigrette. The dressing makes a few cups so you can save the rest to enjoy for later. Did you know that salad dressing freezes really well? Store in an airtight glass container or freezer safe bag. Defrost the night before and stir well.
The red onions are soaked in a combination of apple cider vinegar and water to mellow out the flavor of raw red onions.
I hope you enjoy my version of strawberry kale salad. This salad will make a perfect accompaniment to any spring or summer meal. It also makes a lovely light lunch. The leftovers will stay good in your fridge for a few days because kale leaves are strong and soften over time.
If you try this salad, I would love for you to share a picture on Instagram and tag me @myberkeleykitchen or leave a comment below.
Strawberry Kale Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Free from: tree nuts, peanut, sesame and gluten. Vegan option( See Notes)
For the salad:
- 1 teaspoon, salt, divided
- 1/2 cup red onion, very thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 large bunch dino or lacinto kale or 2 small bunches, stems removed, chiffonade ( about 4 cups, tightly packed)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shaved
- 1/2 cup red or tricolor quinoa, cooked or brown rice
- 1/2 pound strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
For the balsamic vinaigrette:
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 small clove garlic, crushed
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
For the quinoa:
- 1 cup red or tricolor quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Add quinoa, water and salt to a medium size pot. Bring to a boil. Lower heat. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Turn off heat. Let sit for 5 minutes. Remove quinoa, stir and spread evenly to cool on a sheet pan. Set aside or store in a container in the fridge to use later. Leftover quinoa freezes well up to a few months. You can prepare quinoa a few days in advance.
Place the onion in a small bowl with apple cider vinegar and cover with water. Let soak for 10 minutes. Rinse and squeeze out extra liquid.
Prepare kale as directed above and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Massage the kale with your hands, kneading and squeezing until they begin to wilt and become soft. Set aside.
Add onions to the kale and toss to combine.
Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, garlic and olive oil, adding the olive oil slowly in a drizzle until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the dressing to the salad, just enough to coat the ingredients. Toss with sunflower seeds, quinoa and parmesan. Toss in strawberries. Adjust with salt & pepper, if needed.
Serve and enjoy!
- You can make this salad the day of and store in the refrigerator. Add the strawberries right before serving.
- Switch out seasonal fruit through the year. Apples or persimmons in the fall, blood oranges or pomegranates in the winter. Or you can use blueberries or strawberries in the spring/summer.
- This salad is nut-free but feel free to substitute with nuts or seeds of choice.
- Substitute parmesan with nutritional yeast for a vegan option
And for more strawberry inspiration, check out all the fabulous bloggers who contributed recipes to the #strawberriesarethejam party.
Square Meal Round Table’s Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Pavlova
The Cooking of Joy’s Strawberry Matcha Cream Cheese Tart
This Healthy Table’s Strawberry Tahini Shortcake
Flours in Your Hair’s Strawberry Milk Donuts
The Wood and Spoon’s Strawberry Icebox Pie
Smart in the Kitchen’s Rustic Strawberry Galette
The Herb and Spoon’s Strawberry-Jam Filled Brioche Donuts
Better with Biscuit’s Strawberry Cobbler
My Kitchen Love’s Strawberry Rhubarb Tart
Sift and Simmer’s Rose Strawberry Hibiscus Mille Crepe Cake
What Great Grandma Ate’s No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bars (Paleo, Vegan)
A Modest Feast’s Greek Yogurt With Crispy Quinoa and Roasted Strawberries
Hola Jalapeno’s Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Margarita
Worthy Pause’s Strawberry-Basil Shrub Cocktail
Hot Dishing It Out’s Panna Cotta with Strawberry Jelly
Figs & Flour’s Shrimp Tacos with Strawberry Apricot Salsa
Pie Girl Bakes’ Strawberry Ginger Pie
Crumb Top Baking’s Strawberry Chia Jam Oat Bars
The Gourmandise School’s Strawberry Pistachio Salad
Tiny Kitchen Caper’s Strawberries and Cream Pound Cake
Cook Til Delicious’ Mini Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Ganache
Something New For Dinner’s Watermelon, Tomato and Strawberry Salad with Burrata
A Spicy Perspective’s Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake
Easy and Delish’s Strawberry Brigadeiros
Plays Well with Butter’s Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese, Grilled Chicken, & Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Katherine in Brooklyn’s Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream
Sugar Salt Magic’s Strawberry Mousse Tart
The Healthy Sins’ Coconut Flour Crepes Topped with Fresh Strawberries and Coconut Yogurt
Lemon Thyme and Ginger’s Strawberry Basil No Churn Ice Cream
Jessie Sheehan Bakes’ Strawberry Basil Turnovers
Bavette Meat & Provisions’ Pickled Green Strawberries
Made from Scratch’s Roasted Strawberry and Basil Ice Cream
Eat Cho Food’s Strawberry Basil Glazed Donuts
What’s Karen Cooking’s Strawberry Eton Mess
More Icing Than Cake’s Strawberry, Balsamic & Black Pepper Babka
Well Seasoned Studio’s Classic Vanilla Layer Cake with Mascarpone Buttercream and Fresh Strawberries
Farm & Coast Cookery’s Strawberry & Thyme Shortcake
Marianne Cooks’ Strawberry Madeleines
Clean Plate Club’s Mini Strawberry Bundt Cakes with Lemon Glaze
The Cinnaman’s Rose Hibiscus Strawberry Icebox Pie
Prickly Fresh’s Strawberry Burrata Kale Salad with Pistachio & Lemon Vinaigrette
Maren Ellingboe’s Angel Food Cake with Whipped Cream & Strawberries
Baking the Goods’ Mini Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes
Fufu’s Kitchen’s Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches
What Annie’s Eating’s Vegan Strawberry + Basil Ice Cream
Flotte Lotte’s Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches
Rumbly Tumbly’s Strawberry Scones
A Small Kitchen in Genoa’s Italian Riviera Strawberries Salad
Cooking with Cocktail Ring’s Basil Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake
Reencontrándome con la Cocina’s Chocolate Meringue with White Chocolate Mousse and Strawberries
Le Petite Eats’ Strawberry Orange Blossom Tartlets
Just Date Syrup’s Strawberry Date Syrup Oat Crumble
Well Fed Soul’s Strawberry Almond Mascarpone Cake
Food Solutions’ Strawberry Soup (Savory and Sweet)
Champagne and Cookies’ Strawberry & Sesame Whole Wheat Pop Tarts with Strawberry Tahini Glaze
Annie Campbell’s Strawberry Pavlova
Blossom to Stem’s Mezcal Lime Strawberry Pavlova
Cosette’s Kitchen’s Strawberry Shortcake
Ful-Filled’s Lilac Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes with Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream
Babby Girl Yum’s Strawberry Spinach Almond Salad
An Amazing Appetite’s Vanilla Strawberry Tart
Cocoa and Salt’s Strawberry Pistachio Tart
Frosting and Fettuccine’s Strawberry Basil Layer Cake with Strawberry Simple Syrup
No More Mr. Nice Pie’s Fresh Strawberry Pie