Baby Kale Salad

Baby Kale Salad

If you are bored of kale and quinoa (I am!), try baby kale! I am dead serious – baby kale tastes nothing like kale. Odd but true.

Last week, this baby kale salad was a breath of fresh air. With leftover Instant Pot brown rice, julienned sun dried tomatoes, sweet grape tomatoes from Mexico, toasted pine nuts, salty feta cheese, a crazy amount of fresh basil and homemade Greek vinaigrette. Nowadays, we use full grown kale for making smoothies and maybe an occasional sweet kale salad recipe because it is that good.

What Is Baby Kale?

When you set your foot into the produce department, be prepared to see 2 types of baby kale. Type 1 is like shown below – soft and delicate with round shape leaves. It reminds me of small raspberry leaves. Baby kale tastes nothing like real kale, instead it has a tiny amount of zest like arugula. I’m in love!

Type 2 baby kale looks like mini oak leaves with purple undertones, like in this Mexican kale salad.

container of baby kale

Baby Kale Salad Dressing:

About baby kale salad dressing.

I do not make my own healthy salad dressings as often as I wish because my tastebuds are perfectly fine with a drizzle of olive oil, a splash of any vinegar like apple cider/balsamic/white, salt and pepper. Or make this balsamic vinaigrette.

Both, me and Alex, didn’t grow up with salad dressings, so we like to keep things simple on busy weeknights. However with berry season upon us (or Costco’s organic frozen berries right now) you absolutely have to give this raspberry vinaigrette a try!

This time though I made the best salad dressing for baby kale salad – Greek type vinaigrette. In a week, we used it in numerous salads and on sandwiches. I keep a few glass bottles from store-bought salad dressings and reuse for making my own. Love it!

baby kale salad dressing

Tips for Best Baby Kale Salad:

  • I prefer to use grape tomatoes in this baby kale salad recipe because they keep their juices intact vs. chopped regular tomatoes.
  • Replace brown rice with cooked quinoa, farro or any other grain for a dose of healthy carbs.
  • Grated feta cheese allows for more even distribution of flavor throughout the salad for a true Mediterranean experience in every bite.
  • And toasted pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes and a handful of fresh basil was a call from the heart to make summer feel closer to us, as La Nina has no intention of leaving us just yet. Use what you have on hand.
  • Add dried cranberries, pomegranate, apple, arugula, avocado.
ingredients for Baby Kale Salad unmixed in bowl

More Tasty Salad Recipes to Try

Baby kale salad with rice and grape tomatoes in black bowl with wooden spoons.

Baby Kale Salad

Don’t know what to do with baby kale? Make this salad with any Mediterranean ingredients you have on hand. Anything goes!
4 from 4 votes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 492
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


Greek Vinaigrette:

Baby Kale Salad Recipe:

  • 5 oz 1 small package baby kale
  • 3 cups grape tomatoes halved lengthwise
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa
  • 2 cups feta cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes thinly sliced*
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts toasted**
  • 1/2 cup basil finely chopped


  • In any small glass container with a lid, combine Greek Vinaigrette Ingredients and whisk or shake well to combine (time when store-bought salad dressing bottles come in handy). Set aside.
  • In a large salad bowl, add Baby Kale Salad Ingredients, pour about 1/5th of the Greek dressing (later more to taste) and gently toss to mix.


  • Store: Refrigerate dressed salad covered for up to 2 days. Salad dressing can keep well for a few weeks. Place bottled dressing in a cup with hot water to โ€œmeltโ€ solidified in the fridge olive oil.
  • *I used julienned sun dried tomatoes packed in oil. I recommend to drain and squeeze them well otherwise it will be just too much oil in a salad when combined with the dressing.
  • **To toast pine nuts, just add them to a skillet and panfry on low heat until toasted, watching carefully and stirring occasionally. Takes about 3 minuets or so.


Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 983mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American Ukrainian
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    This is an amazing salad! A flavor explosion! I used quinoa and added some arugula and chopped apple to mine. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Sounds and looks delish, and right up my alley. I love all the ingredients, especially Greek dressing. Where is the nutritional info., which is always important to me. Thanks.

4 from 4 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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