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White bowl full of warm kale salad with bacon, oranges, parmesan and slivered almonds.

Warm Kale Salad

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Warm Kale Salad is a delicious way to eat your greens! It’s a simple 15 minute side dish recipe made with salty bacon and parmesan, bright oranges and a crunch from the almonds.


  • 4 slices of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 8 large kale leaves (approximately 1 bunch), leaves removed from stem and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium orange, sliced into segments
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (use Violife “Wedge Just Like Parmesan” to make dairy free)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the bacon over medium heat in a skillet. Once cooked, remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Leave 2 Tablespoons of bacon fat in the skillet. If more than 2 Tablespoons of bacon fat was rendered, remove any additional and set aside for future cooking.
  3. Lower skillet heat to medium-low and using the 2 Tablespoons of rendered bacon fat, add 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and the chopped kale leaves, then saute for about 3 minutes until wilted.
  4. Remove kale to a mixing bowl and add in cooked bacon, orange segments, sliced almonds and shredded parmesan cheese. Mix until combined and taste. Finish with salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Enjoy!


*The amount of salt needed for this dish will greatly depend on both your personal taste and the bacon that you use.

Keywords: warm kale salad, chopped kale salad, bacon,

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