(2017) Grilled Kale Salad with Bacon Dressing

Recipe Author: Conne Ward Cameron

Grilled kale? Yes. Wish I remembered where this recipe came from, but grilled kale is lovely. And no fiddly chopping the kale. Just remove the stems and then grill. It’s a take on the classic spinach salad with bacon dressing.


Your bunch of kale 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 slices bacon, chopped 1 chopped green onion 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar


Light 1/2 chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over the coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, preheat a gas grill to high, covered, for at least 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

Remove stems from kale: carefully cut out thick portion of kale stem from each leaf, leaving leaves intact otherwise. In a large bowl, toss kale with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Using tongs, add kale leaves to grill, cover grill, and cook until bottom sides are lightly charred, about 2 minutes. Flip kale leaves, cover grill, and cook until other side is lightly charred, about 1 minute longer. Remove kale from grill and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add bacon and, when it begins to sizzle, add green onion and cook, stirring, until bacon is crispy, about 4 minutes. Add vinegar and cook briefly, stirring, just until dressing thickens and becomes glossy, about 1 minute.

Roughly chop kale and place in a serving bowl. Toss with enough vinaigrette to lightly coat leaves and serve immediately with any remaining dressing on the side.