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A green plate filled with kale, chopped avocado and golden croutons

Kale salad with tadka dressing

Published: September 13, 2022 at 11:07 am
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Firm, rich kale leaves are tossed with sliced avocado and slicked in a dressing of honey, vinegar, garlic and chilli. Topped with crisp, golden croutons made from punchy garlic and coriander naan breads, this is a hearty salad with buckets of flavour and texture

  • Low calorie
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
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Whip up this hearty kale salad, then check out our miso kale, pomegranate and chicken salad, kale and broccoli emerald salad with kefir dressing and more easy kale recipes.


  • 1 garlic and coriander naan bread
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, plus 2 tsp
  • 160g curly kale, tough stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced, plus extra wedges to serve
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 15g coriander leaves, torn
  • 1 avocado, sliced


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tear the naan bread into bite-sized pieces, put in a large bowl and drizzle with 1 tsp of the oil. Season and arrange on a large baking tray. Bake for 8-10 mins, tossing halfway through, until the naan pieces are crisp and golden on the edges. Remove and leave to cool.

  • STEP 2

    Wipe out the bowl, add the kale and drizzle with 1 tsp of oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Use your hands to massage the kale for 2-3 mins or until it begins to soften.

  • STEP 3

    Combine the honey, vinegar, garlic and chilli flakes in a bowl. Warm the remaining oil in a frying pan over a medium-low heat. Cook the mustard seeds for 1 min or until fragrant and the seeds start to pop. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, before whisking into the honey mixture. Add the onion, combine and leave to sit for a few minutes.

  • STEP 4

    Transfer the kale to a large salad bowl and toss with the salad dressing, coriander and avocado. Season, add the naan croutons and serve immediately.

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