Mexican Kale Salad

Thanks to Sharon McRae of for this recipe!

This is a very versatile recipe, as you can use the massaged kale with just about any beans, vegetables, and dressing. It’s also great with chickpeas and a tahini-based dressing, with some chopped onion, peppers, carrots, celery and cucumbers! It is also great topped with fresh cilantro. It was adapted from a recipe from PCRM’s (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) Food for Life Kickstart Program.

Author: Sharon McRae

Recipe type: Salad

Cuisine: Vegan

Serves: 4


  • 1 small bunch of kale
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen sweet white corn, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 16-oz can, drained and rinsed well)
  • ½ cup salsa, preferably sugar and oil free and low sodium (Green Mountain Gringo is my preferred brand)
  • 1 Tbs pumpkin seeds, raw and unsalted


  1. Wash kale, remove stems, and tear leaves into small, bite-sized pieces; place into a medium bowl.
  2. Add juice from ½ lemon, and massage the kale for 1-2 minutes until leaves soften and become limp and color is bright green.
  3. Add red onion, black beans, corn, salsa, and pumpkin seeds to the massaged kale, and drizzle juice from the other half of the lemon over the salad.


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2 Responses

  1. Valerie B

    Valerie B August 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm | | Reply

    I love this recipe and have brought it to several potlucks with non vegan/vegetarians and it’s always a hit.

  2. Jeff Rose

    Jeff Rose September 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm | | Reply

    Hello, This is a great Kale salad. I like to eat a large green salad along with a Kale Salad. The Kale Salad becomes the Entree’. Sometimes I put the Kale Salad right on top of the Green Salad. I eat salads every day and I like to keep them interesting. Lately I have been experimenting with SOS dressings (sugar-free, oil-free, salt-free). The Kale Salad sort of acts like a dressing on top of the salad. I believe and have observed that not adding extra salt helps me hit my fitness goals faster , espceially weight-loss. Have a wonderful #plantstrong day.

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