by Olena

Mexican Kale Salad

Olena Osipov
4.9 from 26 votes

Mexican Kale Salad with black beans, corn, bell pepper, cilantro and creamy cumin flavoured avocado dressing.

This salad is equally good on a hot summer night or as a Thanksgiving side dish.

Mexican Kale Salad

The Best Kale Salad Recipe

Oh, this Mexican kale salad is sooo good! Even your deli potato salad grandpa will like it.

Hearty and crunchy salad where veggies are “swimming” in avocado cilantro dressing. Raw chopped or baby kale, black beans, corn and tomatoes are combined with a bit of jalapenos, red onion and cilantro. Then tossed in a tangy, creamy with a cumin flavour punch avocado dressing.

Serve alongside grilled chicken and your dinner is done.

corn, black beans, avocado, tomato, red onion, pepper with avocado dressing

Ingredients for Mexican Kale Salad

  • Any kale. There are 3 types of kale that you typically find in your North American supermarket:
    • Lacinato or dinosaur kale with dark green, narrow leaves with the bumps. Hence, the name. It has a nice chew to it but is yet soft and more delicate than other kale types.
    • Curly kale is bright green leafy kale with broad leaves and lots of curls at the end. Like curly parsley. It has thick stems.
    • Purple kale has thin curly leaves and skinny stalk with a lot of purple colouring to it. But green is there too.
  • Veggies and fruit: Bell pepper, corn, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, tomato, lime, avocado.
  • Black beans: Low sodium canned beans or I usually use Instant Pot black beans.
  • Seasonings: Cumin, salt and pepper.

How to Make Mexican Kale Salad

  • Prep kale: You do not have to massage kale for the salad. Instead, make sure to remove leaves from the stalk and chop them into thinner strands than you would usually chop Romaine lettuce. That’s it. Kale leaves will not be tough. They just have a chew to them.
  • Chop and prep other veggies: In a large salad bowl, add black beans, corn, bell peppers, avocado, tomato, red onion, cilantro and jalapenos. corn, black beans, avocado, tomato, red onion, pepper in black bowl
  • Make salad dressing: Add avocado, warm water, lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. It comes out like guacamole only thinner. Warm water helps with smooth texture and I made sure you are not left with half avocado after making the salad. We incorporate everything. cilantro avocado dressing in a cup made with blender
  • Combine: Pour dressing over salad ingredients and gently toss with tongs or salad spoons until everything is coated in creamy deliciousness. Since kale leaves are light, make sure to scoop heavy veggies from the bottom of the bowl to coat.mexican kale salad in black salad bowl with fork

More Tips and FAQs

  • Do I have to massage kale? I find this process unnecessary, I don’t have time for it and it deters me from making and eating a salad.
  • Can I use baby kale? If you want to enjoy very soft kale salad, buy baby kale. As name suggests, baby kale is immature kale leaves that are very tender and vary in shape based on what type of kale it is. Or this time, I used a mix of baby kale, spinach and swiss chard. Even more nutrients than fully grown greens.
  • Can I use other greens? Yes, baby spinach or arugula would be great. You can buy 5 oz box of pre-washed organic greens at reasonable price.
  • What can I substitute avocado with? If you have allergy to avocado, use this healthy ranch dressing instead.
  • Control the heat: Jalapeno’s heat is contained in seeds. You can easily control the spiciness of dressing and salad itself by how little or much of seeds you add. My kale salad recipe is mild.
  • Other additions: You can also add finely shredded red or green cabbage, diced zucchini, sliced raw mushrooms, a sprinkle of hemp hearts, toasted almonds or other nuts. Anything but kitchen sink goes!

pouring avocado dressing over mexican kale salad ingredients

How to Store and Make Ahead

Store: Refrigerate tossed salad for up to 24 hours. That’s the beauty of sturdy kale leaves, they don’t wilt as their green brothers.

Make Ahead: You could prepare salad and dressing in advance, refrigerate for up to 24 hours and combine before serving. Dressing does get brown a bit but once mixed with the salad ingredients, it’s not noticeable. Make sure to store everything tightly covered.

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Mexican Kale Salad with BEST Avocado Dressing

Mexican Kale Salad with black beans, corn, bell pepper, cilantro and creamy cumin flavoured avocado dressing.
4.89 from 26 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings (as a side)
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Kale Salad:

  • 4 cups (5 oz) regular or baby kale stalks removed & coarsely chopped
  • 14 oz can low sodium black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 2 medium bell peppers diced
  • 1 1/2 large avocado pitted and diced
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño peppers seeded & minced

Avocado Dressing:

  • 1/2 large avocado pitted
  • 1 tiny piece jalapeno seeded for less heat
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 lime juice of
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large salad bowl, add kale, black beans, corn, bell peppers, avocado, tomato, red onion, cilantro and jalapenos.
  • In a food processor or blender, add 1/2 avocado, jalapeno, warm water, lime juice, cumin, salt, pepper and process until smooth.
  • Pour dressing over salad, gently toss and serve.

Store: Refrigerate tossed salad for up to 24 hours.

    Make Ahead: You could prepare Salad and Dressing in advance, refrigerate for up to 24 hours and combine before serving. Dressing does get brown a bit but once mixed with the salad ingredients, it's not noticeable.

      Notes

      • Do I have to massage kale? I find this process unnecessary, I don’t have time for it and it deters me from making and eating a salad.
      • Can I use baby kale? If you want to enjoy very soft kale salad, buy baby kale. As name suggests, baby kale is immature kale leaves that are very tender and vary in shape based on what type of kale it is. Or this time, I used a mix of baby kale, spinach and swiss chard. Even more nutrients than fully grown greens.
      • Can I use other greens? Yes, baby spinach or arugula would be great. You can buy 5 oz box of pre-washed organic greens at reasonable price.
      • What can I substitute avocado with? If you have allergy to avocado, use this healthy ranch dressing instead.
      • Control the heat: Jalapeno's heat is contained in seeds. You can easily control the spiciness of dressing and salad itself by how little or much of seeds you add. My kale salad recipe is mild.
      • Other additions: You can also add finely shredded red or green cabbage, diced zucchini, sliced raw mushrooms, a sprinkle of hemp hearts, toasted almonds or other nuts. Anything but kitchen sink goes!

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1.67cups | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 738mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5491IU | Vitamin C: 113mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. 5 stars
        This salad was so flavorful. We loved it and will make it again and again!!! Plus, it was so easy!!

      2. 5 stars
        This salad was a hit with the family! Will definitely make again. Great side for cilantro lime chicken.

      3. 5 stars
        This is the best of both worlds! I’ve been making something we call Texas Caviar for years. The dressing I use is a simple vinaigrette. Your dressing is awesome. Thank you for sharing this!

      4. 5 stars
        This recipe was really simple and really hearty and I am excited to make this again! Excellent salad for people looking for a low calorie meal that won’t leave them still feeling hungry when they finish.

      5. 4 stars
        Love this recipe! I have made it several times. Once with grilled shrimp, once with cilantro lime grilled chicken and just once on its own. I like it spicy so I add more jalapeno and also some pepitas and queso fresco on top. Definitely a new favourite of mine!

      6. 5 stars
        Tried this tonight and yum yum! I added quinoa to the salad bc i already had it cooked, and fresh cilantro to the dressing. Btw, love this idea for a dressing, NO OIL, LOVE! Thanks for sharing!

      7. It was a hot day in Missouri USA today and your salad went perfect with some Honey Lime marinated Tilapia for dinner. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

      8. 5 stars
        Made this twice since I found it. Love love it. The second time I added more hot peppers. Will made it many more times.

      9. 5 stars
        Hint: make the dressing, massage it into the kale, then toss the other ingredients in. Makes a difference in the kale, almost melts together – tender and yummy!

        1. Hmmm. Too messy for me, personally. This dressing is just so thick and creamy and having it all over my hands and then serving it to everyone in a salad…I don’t know…That is me though. I do not mind massaging kale with salt and oil in the beginning, just a bit of it. However, I do not care if kale isn’t massaged.

      10. 5 stars
        I made this without the tomato, cilantro, or jalapeno as I had everything else on hand and wasn’t going to be getting to a store for a few days. It was so delicious and satisfying. I will be making it often.

      11. Hi Olena, I found this on Pinterest and decided to try….wonderful salad….I loved it! Even without the dressing it is very good. Regards from Brazil !

      12. 5 stars
        I saw this on pinterest and since I had a bag of kale decided to make it right away. It is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, so refreshing, crunchy and yummy. My husband loves it too saying it tastes a lot like chipotle, no idea how since he only gets meat there. THANK YOU this will be a staple in my fridge for years to come.

        1. LOL, you made me laugh out loud. You are so welcome. I made this salad 3 times the past week – so hot outside!!! I could say the same thing as your husband, cause I have never even been to Chipotle.:)

          1. 5 stars
            I premade the dressing and chopped everything for a camping trip. Tossed it up and everyone loved it!

      13. This looks so colorful and delicious! Love the use of nutrient rich kale in this recipe; a welcomed change from typical greens!

      14. Looks good, can’t wait to try it. Since I don’t like avocado is there something you can recommend I replace it with for this salad? Thank you 🙂

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