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a plate with kale, chicken, avocado, crumbled feta and balsamic glaze

Kale Chicken Salad

  • Author: Rita
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


This kale chicken salad recipe is healthy, easy to make, and super versatile! Sauteing the kale will provide a garlicky flavor and an upgrade on the taste!



Chicken Breast Ingredients

  • 2 small chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp of lemon zest, from one lemon
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Salad Ingredients

  • 5 oz shredded kale (150 g)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar glaze
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  1. First, add olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper, and lemon zest to a bowl and mix to combine all the ingredients.
  2. Next, add the chicken breasts to a zip-lock bag and pour marinade over the chicken. Let it marinate for at least 20 minutes. Ideally, you can do this overnight.
  3. Preheat the grill to high heat and grill the chicken breasts for 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness. Transfer the chicken to a chopping board and cut to your liking.
  4. Heat a pan over medium heat, add a drizzle of olive oil, minced garlic and sauté for 2 minutes or until soft. Then, add the shredded kale, a pinch of salt, and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly soft.
  5. Add the kale to a plate, then the chicken, avocado, mango, and feta cheese. Season with salt, black pepper, balsamic vinegar glaze, and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top to garnish.


Marinate the chicken overnight for best results: To make this recipe faster and the chicken breast tastier, marinate the chicken overnight, and it will be ready to grill whenever you want to make this recipe.

Don't overcook the kale: If you overcook your kale, it will look mushy and unpleasant. Ensure you slightly sauté just to give a garlic taste and a slightly softer texture.

Meal-prep: If you would like to meal-prep this salad, place all the ingredients in different airtight containers in the fridge.

Keywords: kale chicken salad, kale grilled chicken salad