Grilled Kale with Yogurt Dressing and Toasted Hazelnuts

It’s a darn good thing that I’ve always been committed to cooking healthy, nutritious meals for my family since Day 1, because now it’s a life or death call to action. If I hadn’t been interested in health and nutrition since I was a teenager eating brewer’s yeast (what teen does that?), been eliminating processed foods, sugar, and salt from our diet for over a decade, and making home-cooked meals nearly every night, then the recent turn of events would seem like an almost insurmountable task.

(To qualify the overused and often misused words “healthy and nutritious”, I mean balanced meals that include protein, carbs with fiber from whole grains and lots of fresh vegetables – many from our garden – and fruits with very few foods from a can, box, or jar.)

The reason why it’s a darn good thing is it’s making the adaptation to my husband’s cardiologist-mandated strict low-sodium diet a little less brutal than if we were in the habit of drive-through breakfasts, fast food lunches, or takeout dinners on a regular basis. And, it’s still been tough because, although I diligently read labels, its amazing how insidious sodium is until you’re trying to consume less than 2,000 milligrams a day! A few slices of deli turkey (920 mg) with low-cal mayo (125 mg) between two slices of whole wheat bread (320 – 160 for each slice) with NO cheese, sounds pretty healthy, but has a whopping 1365 mg of sodium, nearly all of his daily recommended allowance of 1500 mg, and that’s just lunch! Fortunately, I discovered Low-Sodium Ezekiel bread which has 0 sodium and The Don is enjoying avocado, tomato, and cucumber veggie sandwiches several days a week.

But let’s get to today’s recipe which I found online at L.A. Times Food after reading a very interesting article on how restaurants are cutting back on salt and hoping you won’t notice it. I was looking for a creative recipe for the kale that I picked up when shopping for ingredients for my Farmers Market Makeover entry and this was a unique take on kale salad. I loved how crispy the charred edges were – kind of like eating kale chips, and the tangy yogurt dressing was deliciously refreshing with a satisfying crunch from the hazelnuts.

27 Responses to “Grilled Kale with Yogurt Dressing and Toasted Hazelnuts”

  1. Lindsey@Lindselicious August 2 at 1:28 pm #

    Oooh love this salad! Grilled Kale sound super delish and hearty! Thanks for sharing this- I am totally gonna make soon!

    • Priscilla August 4 at 4:55 pm #

      Thanks, Lindsey – I think you’ll like it :)

  2. Christine August 2 at 1:36 pm #

    Salad looks wonderful.

  3. Salad looks great! Sodium can be such a tough one to cut out – even if you are good at making well balanced meals! Good luck!

    • Priscilla August 4 at 4:56 pm #

      Thanks, Erin – it has been a challenge!

  4. Kelly August 2 at 5:48 pm #

    This salad looks fantastic, love this! :)

  5. rebecca August 2 at 5:54 pm #

    wow grilled kale very cool

  6. pachecopatty August 2 at 5:59 pm #

    I am a kale lover so I’m bookmarking this one, I agree it’s a unique recipe that looks healthy and good. I need to branch out, no pun intended) and try some new veggie recipes, thanks for sharing- I hope your awareness of healthy eating rubs off on me!

    • Priscilla August 4 at 4:58 pm #

      Patty – always looking to mix things up, we’ve got a long haul ahead of us 😉

  7. The Harried Cook August 2 at 6:32 pm #

    This is a very cool recipe! I love that the kale is grilled, and the dressing & nuts sound like they really seal the deal… Yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Priscilla August 4 at 4:58 pm #

      Your welcome – thanks for visiting!

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook August 2 at 8:54 pm #

    I wish I have a vegetable garden like this. In my yard, deer comes by and eat them all. I love this salad! So healthy and important to eat green daily!

    • Priscilla August 4 at 4:59 pm #

      Yes, if you have deer, they can be a big problem!

  9. Hester aka The Chef Doc August 3 at 12:46 am #

    This recipe looks amazing and you did a great job with it :-) Yes, two grams of salt is really not that much but in another sense, it can totally be bad. I like to substitute natural flavorings in place of having to use salt. A pinch will totally bring out the strong flavors of say, lemon juice, you know? Your husband and family are totally lucky to have such a nutrition/health-conscious woman in their lives :-)

    • Priscilla August 3 at 2:09 pm #

      Thank you, Hester! I also use a lot of lemon and herbs for flavoring :-)

  10. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 3 at 2:55 am #

    I’ve grilled lettuce and radicchio before but not kale! Great idea. Good luck to your husband on his new diet.

    • Priscilla August 4 at 5:00 pm #

      Thank you Sylvie – he has become my muse in the kitchen :)

  11. Angie's Recipes August 3 at 3:07 am #

    A very different yet so delicious summer recipe! I like the extra addition of toasted hazelnuts on top.

  12. Peggy August 3 at 3:33 am #

    This sounds great! I’ve never tried grilling kale (didn’t know you could!) so it’s definitely something I want to have my crack at soon =)

  13. RavieNomNoms August 3 at 7:55 am #

    Yum Yum!! Looks like something I would definitely enjoy! Seems rather simple too…I think this is a must try in the near future

  14. Gina August 3 at 10:50 am #

    I’ve thought for some time restaurant food is too salty, glad they are cutting back. I would much rather have kale this way than the chips. Yum.

  15. Faith August 3 at 11:50 am #

    I absolutely love the idea of grilled kale and I will be trying this soon! The hazelnuts are a brilliant addition too!

  16. Jessica August 3 at 3:34 pm #

    I’ve been meaning to try this recipe! Love Gjelina and this dish looks so refreshing and creamy at the same time!

  17. kita August 4 at 4:16 pm #

    What an awesome dish! I love kale and am looking for new ways to incorporate it into meals.

  18. Nancy August 9 at 8:03 am #

    Hi Priscilla, I like your new design :) I am also a label reader but never paid too much attention to the salt/sodium, I will now. This is such a great recipe! Healthy but delicious. Often times people associate the word healthy with tasteless foods, how wrong are they. Thanks for sharing and I hope you and your family are well:)

    • Priscilla August 9 at 9:04 pm #

      Thanks, Nancy – I’m excited about my new look! And I agree, healthy and delicious aren’t mutually exclusive 😉

  19. Mary @ Fit and Fed April 15 at 4:50 pm #

    Wow, out of all things that I have grilled (and that includes artichokes and asparagus) I never thought of grilling kale, but I like this recipe and am about to share it. Toasted hazelnuts are a favorite of mine, too. Talk about making a kale salad special!

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