Kale Salad with Pecorino, Lemon and Pine Nuts

This kale salad is simple and oh so tasty – not to mention good for you!

Salty pecorino and fruity lemon blend perfectly with the mildly bitter kale and sweet pine nuts. Make sure to chiffonade the kale to make it easier to eat.

Want a tip? The kale won’t wilt for a while after dressing, so if you need to make the salad ahead it’s fine to do so.

If you enjoy this recipe and want more like it, check out my cookbook Beach House Brunch. 🙂

Kale Salad with Pecorino Lemon and Pine Nuts
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5 from 2 votes

Kale Salad with Pecorino, Lemon and Pine Nuts

Prep Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: kale salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 178kcal


  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 ounces Pecorino
  • 1 bunch kale washed and dried well


  • Place a sauté pan over a medium-low heat. Add the pine nuts and give them a good shake to spread them out evenly in the pan. Shake the pan every few seconds to prevent the nuts from burning. When the nuts are fragrant and slightly browned, transfer them to a plate to cool. Set aside.
  • Finely zest the lemon with a microplane over a large bowl. Add the juice of the lemon, followed by the olive oil, salt and pepper. Whisk until incorporated. Finely grate the Pecorino with a microplane over the bowl and stir in.
  • Trim away the kale stems and chiffonade cut the leaves. Add to the bowl and toss the salad until the kale is evenly coated with the dressing. Let sit for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 324mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1685IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 1mg