Kale Salad with Farro and Honey Dijon Dressing

This kale salad keeps really well in your fridge – great for healthy eating all week! The honey dijon dressing softens the kale perfectly.

This kale salad keeps really well in your fridge - great for healthy eating all week! The honey dijon dressing softens the kale perfectly. Get the healthy recipe on RachelCooks.com. Great for weekly meal prep fans!

I’ve just been informed that January 19th is National Popcorn Day. Which happens to be the day I’m writing this post. I’ve just (a week ago) made a pact with myself to only eat popcorn once a week. Monday nights while I watch the Bachelor. Which was last night. Which means I won’t be able to celebrate National Popcorn Day. That’s sad. And a little wrong. I might have to make an exception, but I probably won’t. My popcorn addiction is becoming the death of my waistline. I try not to eat much after dinner but when I make popcorn at least a few nights a week….

and pour 4 tablespoons of Kerrygold butter on it…

It’s probably not great for my relationship with my skinny jeans.

I used to be able to resist a little easier but now Ben has been getting into it too, so even if I’m not planning to have popcorn, he asks, “Are you making popcorn tonight?” Well, then it is just hopeless. Once that idea is in my brain (okay, is it ever not in my brain?), I have to have it.

So basically, it’s all Ben’s fault.

(Not at all.)

Anyways….kale salad, anyone?

This kale salad is perfect for any of you that do weekend meal prep. It keeps great in the fridge, and I’d argue it gets even better as time goes by (to a reasonable extent, of course). The kale softens and becomes more tender thanks to the honey dijon dressing. That same dressing soaks into the farro making it super flavorful. I love to top the salad with my olive oil roasted almonds for a great crunch, but it’s great with grilled chicken or feta cheese too. It’s a salad that will keep you full for hours, perfect to take to work for lunches or to grab while you’re frantically making your kids’ lunches.

This kale salad keeps really well in your fridge - great for healthy eating all week! The honey dijon dressing softens the kale perfectly. Get the healthy recipe on RachelCooks.com. Great for weekly meal prep fans!

Make this salad with irresistible tangy-sweet honey dijon dressing and you won’t even be missing your guilty pleasure snack…whatever that is.

This kale salad keeps really well in your fridge - great for healthy eating all week! The honey dijon dressing softens the kale perfectly. Get the healthy recipe on RachelCooks.com. Great for weekly meal prep fans!

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Kale Salad with Farro and Honey Dijon Dressing

This kale salad keeps really well in your fridge – great for healthy eating all week! The honey dijon dressing softens the kale perfectly.

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Ingredients:

For the salad

  • 6 cups loosely packed torn kale (bite-sized pieces)
  • 4 cups cooked and cooled farro
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup of shredded or julienned carrots (about 2 carrots)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

For the dressing:

  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings:

  • grilled chicken, roasted almonds or feta cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together kale, farro, bell pepper, carrots, and cranberries.
  2. In a small bowl or a jar, mix together vinegar, honey, mustard, olive oil. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. Pour dressing over salad and mix to combine. Store in an airtight container in the fridge – this one is actually better the next day or two because the kale softens a bit.
  3. If desired, top with your protein of choice – I recommend almonds, grilled chicken or feta cheese.

Note: I remove the cover from my honey and warm it in the microwave for 20 seconds – it comes out easier and is much easier to measure that way.

Note: I typically double the dressing recipe. You can do this as well and keep it in the fridge in case the salad dries a little as the farro soaks up the dressing.

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Verdict: Love love love this salad. It’s so filling, flavorful and satisfying.
Husband’s take: Honestly, I’m not 100% sure he has tried this. The last time I made it was quite awhile ago and it is usually what I eat for lunch.
Changes I would make: None are necessary but if you don’t have farro, you could try quinoa or barley.
Difficulty: Easy!

kale salad nutritional info

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared. Does not include optional toppings.

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13 comments

  1. I made a grain free version of this as I haven’t introduced grains after my whole 30 yet, but the dressing is fantstic! I really enjoyed it with the cranberries, some chopped chicken, and chopped up nuts on top. And I have enough for a few lunches, which is great! I love make-ahead salads!

    Rating: 5
    • I’m so happy to hear that! Kale salads are the best for making ahead, aren’t they? Thanks for taking the time to comment, and congrats on the Whole30! I just finished my second one yesterday. :)

  2. Just yesterday I finished a rubbed kale, apple and faro salad. So good, and I’m looking forward to trying this one. It’s my pick for Recipe of the Day today. Sharing!

  3. Love enjoying salads for lunch! The honey dressing in this one sounds super delicious! thanks for sharing! pinning to try later.

  4. Yum!!! I can imagine the crunchiness in this salad!

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  6. Too funny – you are the first person I thought of when I found out it was national popcorn day :)

  7. add a little chicken and that would make a fabulous lunch

  8. I have been in such a salad rut, but yesterday I was craving a kale salad. This looks so good Rachel! I’m loving the farro!!

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