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Kale, Strawberry & Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing


Easter is on Sunday and I am very hoppy about that. I know, hardy har har:) My sister, niece, and nephew are coming over tomorrow to dye eggs. We are also going to do a little egg hunt. Caleb thinks eggs are balls so he should dominate the egg hunt:) He is getting raisins and pretzels in his eggs, no candy yet! Sorry kiddo!

On Sunday, we are keeping things low key. We will go to church and cook up something tasty. I am still deciding on our menu. I know ham will not be on the menu. Josh loves ham, but since I am in charge this Easter…and almost every day, I am vetoing it. I know it’s tradition for some, but I am going to start a new tradition. I need to hurry up and decided what that tradition is:)

I do know that we will be having this Kale, Strawberry & Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing. It is one of my favorite salads and will be a great addition to our Easter meal…whatever that meal ends up being:)


Kale salads are trendy right now. All of the cool kids are eating them. I am not a trendy person, especially when fashion is involved, but I am going to consider myself trendy now because I love kale salads. And this kale salad is the incredible hulk of salads!

I top the kale with all kinds of goodies. Strawberries and avocados are making their way back into the grocery stores. I guess they are always there, but now is their season to shine! I am so happy about that because I love them both! They are so good in this salad too. Not only do they make the salad pretty, but they are tasty! I also add almonds and feta cheese.


I drizzle a simple Lemon Poppy Seed dressing over the salad before serving. And when I say simple, I mean simple. I put all of the ingredients in jar and shake like crazy. The dressing takes about five seconds to make. No need to buy dressing. The dressing is light, refreshing, and I love the pop of poppy seeds!

If you haven’t tried a kale salad, join the club and make this Kale, Strawberry & Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing. It’s easy and soooo good. You will feel trendy after eating it. Move over Kardashians, Bieber, and whoever else is trendy right now. I don’t even know. Remember, I am not trendy:) We are taking over the world with this kale salad!

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Kale, Strawberry & Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Kale salad with strawberries, avocado, almonds, feta, and a light lemon poppy seed dressing.


For the salad:
4 cups chopped kale, stems removed
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 avocado, chopped
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup feta cheese

For the Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Put the kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the kale and massage the leaves with your hands until the leaves are darker in color and tender.

2. Add the strawberries, avocado, almonds, and feta cheese. Toss gently.

3. In a small jar, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper. Shake until mixed well.

4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Serve.

Note-Trader Joe's sells kale in bags-already chopped. It's the best!

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94 Responses to “Kale, Strawberry & Avocado Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing”

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  1. Erica — March 29, 2013 @ 4:45 am

    I just posted that I’m not giving Kay any candy either! They’re too little! This salad sounds amazing- especially the dressing. I book marked- would be perfect to bring to a party

  2. Lily Rose — March 29, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    This sounds delicious! I’ve used kale in my kitchen before, but mostly in soups, so salad will be a first. One question though: why do you need to massage the leaves until they change colour?

    -*curious (or ignorant?)

    • Two Peas replied: — March 29th, 2013 @ 8:26 am

      Massaging the kale leaves makes them tender, silky, and takes away the bitterness:)

  3. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 29, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Such a beautiful and simple salad! I love the addition of strawberries. And great idea to put pretzels and raisins in the eggs instead of candy!

  4. katie — March 29, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    This looks divine (trendy or not)! I love the idea of adding strawberries to salads!

  5. Shannon @ Skinny Sometimes — March 29, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    I love berries on a salad, it makes it more colorful and of course more delicious as well.

  6. Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 29, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    Sososossoosos purty. Happy Easter!

  7. Katherine — March 29, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Looks delicious! We are also not having ham. We make pasta every year…this year it will be pasta with asparagus and spinach…yum!
    It’s my little one’s second Easter, but since he was only four weeks old last year, he should be a little more into it this time around. His eggs will be filled with Goldfish crackers and animal crackers :)

  8. I just made a salad like this last week and it’s amazing ! I love the combination of avocado and strawberries! It really makes for a nice salad!

    Have a wonderful Easter!

  9. Sylvia — March 29, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    This looks fabulous! Looking forward to trying it for Passover company, without the poppy seeds. Have you ever tried lacinato kale? Trader Joes sells it precut right next to the regular kale. It’s much softer and more tender. I use it for salads and stir fried with apricots.

  10. Jenny Flake — March 29, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    Oh my goodness, Cullen and I LOVE a good kale salad! Yours looks fabulous, adding it to our list to make! xoxo

  11. Laurie {SimplyScratch} — March 29, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    I love kale! This salad looks so fresh and glossy from that dressing YUM!!

  12. Tieghan — March 29, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    so pretty! I love all these ingredients so so much! Happy Easter!

  13. Cassie — March 29, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    This is gorgeous. I love the dressing and fresh spring ingredients!

  14. Kasha the FarmGirl — March 29, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    I wanted ham :( The turkey won….

    But this salad looks like it will happen! Cutting the last of the kale from our greenhouse in order to get spring things moving!

    Happy holiday!

  15. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 29, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    What a nice strawberry salad! I do not use kale in salads nearly often enough!

  16. kelley — March 29, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I’m the queen of kale salads. So tasty! This looks perfect for spring!

  17. Julie @ Table for Two — March 29, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    hahaha i’m hoppy for poppy! LOL that could totally go the wrong way if i accidentally typed an extra “o” 😉 I love that you used kale for the leaves of this salad! so hearty and healthy :)

  18. Caroline — March 29, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    We are both pretty trendy! I love this type of salad. I made an almost identical salad a few weeks ago and it’s one of my favorites! The strawberries and avocado are soooo good with the kale! :)

  19. Brianna — March 29, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Beautiful salad! What an inspiration to get to work in the garden for fresh fruits and veggies. :)

  20. Gorgeous salad, and so nutritious – I love it!

  21. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 29, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Mmmmmm, perfect for Easter brunch!

  22. Aimee @ Simple Bites — March 29, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    Wonderful flavors and textures in this salad, Maria. Happy Easter!

  23. Gaby — March 29, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    this is so up my alley!! I love a little massaged kale :)

  24. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 29, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    This is definitely my kind of salad!

  25. tracy {pale yellow} — March 29, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    I love massaged kale salads. Great edition with the avocados, strawberries, and dressing. Happy Easter!

  26. Diana @ Eating Made Easy — March 29, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Perfect for Spring and Easter! Excited to see what new Easter tradition you come up with!

  27. This is seriously my dream bowl of greens. Loooove this salad and that wicked dressing :)

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  29. Joanne — March 29, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    Whatever you end up making, I’m sure it will be delicious!! I am making a veggie-full lasagna. Unfortunately there were also be ham present, but I’m not in charge so there’s not much I can do.

    LOVE the fresh flavors in this salad! Strawberries in salad are a major favorite of mine!

  30. Andrea — March 29, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    What kind of kale did you use?

  31. I love this! You’ve got some of my favorite salad toppings here!

  32. Abby — March 29, 2013 @ 11:42 pm

    This looks delicious, Maria! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  33. Kiran @ — March 30, 2013 @ 12:11 am

    I love kale salads and this has other ingredients that makes me so happy! Hope you decide on the Easter menu soon! I’m sure Caleb would enjoy the raisins and pretzels :)

  34. Liren — March 30, 2013 @ 1:45 am

    We’re keeping things low key this Easter, too. It’ll be a busy week, and I do hope I see you next weekend!

    This is a gorgeous salad, Maria. So full of everything I love!

  35. Mary Richards — March 30, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    Thanks for this wonderful looking recipe! I was searching the web for a lemon poppy seed dressing to use with a strawberry/avocado/almond chicken salad from Southern Living. Now I can use your recipe for the greens and the vinaigrette.

  36. marcie@flavorthemoments — March 30, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    I love kale salads and make them all the time. Making it sweet and fresh with strawberries, avocados, and lemon juice sounds perfect for spring!

  37. Donalyn@The Creekside Cook — March 30, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    This looks really wonderful! We love kale and eat it a lot – hoping that the overwintering stuff in the garden has survived our cold snowy spring. Then I can pop some of it into this!

  38. This looks fantastic! I LOVE kale…my hubby, not so much. Its so incredibly good for you, so I try to make it whenever I can, and this is a salad I think I could get my hubby to eat as it has so many great things in there! Another idea is to use baby kale, which I’ve found at Whole Foods. Its more like arugula in terms of size and texture, but still dark. Thanks for the great recipe. I’m going to add it to our Pinterest “salad” board and post on Facebook too!

  39. Marian (Sweetopia) — March 30, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    Looks SO good! Fresh, healthy and delicious!

  40. Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 1, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    Love love LOVE kale salad! I like to “marinate” the kale in the dressing a bit before eating. Didn’t know about the salt massage!

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