Wilted Kale and Asparagus Salad

You’ll wilt the kale with the heat of your own hands when you thoroughly massage the dressing into the leaves. This is a great way to break down the kale and make it more enjoyable to eat raw. Even kale skeptics will enjoy this nutrient-packed salad, with fresh roasted asparagus and the creamy avocado-based dressing.

Wilted Kale and Asparagus Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Servings: 6
Author: Michelle Babb MS, RD, CD
  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bunches kale
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • ¼ cup pine nuts toasted
  • 1 dozen cherry tomatoes halved
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Snap off bottom part of the asparagus and chop upper stocks into 1-inch pieces. In a large bowl, toss asparagus with two tablespoons olive oil. Spread asparagus out on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 15 minutes, until tender.
  2. Wash kale thoroughly and remove stems. Coarsely chop the kale and place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine avocado, 1 tablespoon olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt. Add mixture to kale and hand massage thoroughly, until the kale takes on a wilted appearance.
  3. Add pine nuts and cherry tomatoes, toss and serve.