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Bowl of kale salad with Parmesan and lemon slices.

Crunchy Lemon Kale Salad


This easy kale salad has a bright, lemon dressing and is topped with parmesan and bread crumbs. Perfect as a side or easily turn it into a meal. 


  • 1 bunch lacinato (dinosaur) kale
  • juice and zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or use citrus zester!)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded parmesan
  • 2 Tbsp. panko bread crumbs


  1. Wash and dry kale. Remove stems and thinly slice into really thin ribbons and transfer into a salad bowl. 
  2. Whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper.
  3. Pour dressing over kale and toss together until combined. Let sit for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle parmesan and bread crumbs over the salad, toss together, and serve.

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