Dana's Simple Kale Salad

When it comes to kale salad, simple is best – and that's why Dana's is so amazing. The secret 'ingredient' here is time. Because kale is tough, you need to give it at least 30 minutes of sitting with the dressing at room temperature (or up to a day in the fridge), so the acid can break down the fibres and infuse the leaves. This happens to make it an excellent dish for when you're having friends over to dine, as the bulk of the work is done in advance.

Serves 6-8, as a side

Ingredients: Dressing

125ml good-quality olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tsp chilli pepper flakes
Juice of 3 lemons

Ingredients: Salad

500g kale or cavolo nero, washed and dried
150g finely grated Parmesan
4 tbsp breadcrumbs
Flaky sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste


  1. Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and chilli pepper flakes in a large bowl.
  2. After you've washed and dried the kale, cut and discard the tough inner ribs. Chop the leaves into smaller pieces and add to the bowl. Mix with the dressing so every piece is coated; use salad servers or clean hands. Leave mixture to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature (or up to one day in the refrigerator).
  3. Before serving, toss kale again and add the Parmesan, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Toss again and taste; add more salt, pepper, Parmesan or bread crumbs to taste. Serve immediately. 

BK Tips

  • Toasting the bread crumbs before adding to the salad will make a huge difference, as it will add more crunch to the salad. You can also use freshly toasted, chopped nuts in place of breadcrumbs.