This simple kale and romaine salad is the perfect side salad to serve with any meal. It features a delicious homemade parmesan vinaigrette! It’s easy to make and ready to eat in about 15 minutes.

As a Registered Dietitian, I love to throw together a simple side salad to have with pretty much any meal. Salads are a no cook, low effort side that can be absolutely delicious when done right!

This simple kale and romaine salad with parmesan vinaigrette is the perfect side salad for pasta, pizza, fish, or anything you can think of. It’s zesty, crunchy, and so fresh tasting – it is bound to become a new favorite of yours.

No special equipment is needed to make this easy side salad recipe, and it’s ready in just 15 minutes. As a side, this serves four people generously.

Ingredients in kale and romaine salad

Here is everything you need to make this simple salad, including the parmesan vinaigrette:

  • Kale – you can use curly kale or lacinato (aka dinosaur) kale for this recipe
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Shallot
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to make kale and romaine salad

  1. Wash the kale and romaine in cold water.
  2. Thoroughly dry each kale and romaine leaf, either using a clean dish towel or a salad spinner to get rid of as much water as you can.
  3. Chop the romaine.
  4. Remove the kale leaves from the tough kale stem. Discard the stem, then chop up the kale leaves.
  5. Prepare the dressing: add olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, diced shallot, Dijon mustard, and a pinch of salt and pepper to a small jar. Close the jar and shake it up well so everything is combined.
  6. Put just the kale in a large salad bowl and pour the dressing over it. Use your hands to gently massage the dressing into the kale for 30 seconds or so, just until the leaves start to soften.
  7. Add the romaine to the bowl and toss it in with the kale, so all the greens are well coated in the dressing.
  8. Serve it up and enjoy!

Can I prepare this salad in advance?

If you want to prepare this salad a day in advance, I recommend leaving it undressed, and adding the dressing right before serving.

While kale does not get soggy when stored with salad dressing, romaine can lose it’s crunch.

Serving suggestions

This is the best side salad for pretty much any meal or main dish! It’s a healthy addition to:

Kale nutrition benefits

Kale is a nutrition powerhouse! One cup of raw kale provides:

  • 2 grams of dietary fiber
  • 3 grams of plant-based protein
  • Over 100 percent of your daily Vitamin C needs
  • Over 200 percent of your daily Vitamin A needs, from beta-carotene
  • Over 600 percent of your daily Vitamin K needs
  • Other micronutrients, including calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium

Kale has several antioxidants, including Vitamin C, beta-carotene, flavonoids, and polyphenols. Antioxidants help fight inflammation, keep our cells healthy, and protect against certain diseases.

Is romaine lettuce healthy?

Yes! Romaine is certainly a healthy leafy green to include in your diet. One head of romaine lettuce (the amount used in this salad) provides:

  • 5 grams of fiber
  • 5 grams of plant-based protein
  • 155 percent of your daily Vitamin A needs
  • 36 percent of your daily folate needs
  • 38 percent of your daily Vitamin C needs
  • Nearly 400 percent of your daily Vitamin K needs
  • 18 percent of your daily iron needs

While kale is a more concentrated source of nutrition (more nutrients in a smaller amount), there is no need to discount romaine as unhealthy! It still has plenty of benefits.

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Kale and romaine salad in a bowl sitting on a white dish towel, surrounded by some of the salad ingredients and gold salad spoons

Simple Kale and Romaine Salad

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This simple kale and romaine salad is the perfect side salad to serve with any meal. It features a delicious homemade parmesan vinaigrette! It’s easy to make and ready to eat in about 15 minutes.


Ingredients

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Salad

  • 1 head of romaine
  • 1 small bunch of kale – you can use curly kale or lacinato kale

Parmesan Vinaigrette

  • 3 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp shallot, minced
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash the kale and romaine.
  2. Thoroughly dry each leaf, either with a clean dish towel or using a salad spinner.
  3. Chop the romaine and set aside.
  4. Remove the leaves of kale from the tough stem. Discard the stem and chop the leaves into it bite size pieces.
  5. Prepare the parmesan vinaigrette: add all of the dressing ingredients to a small jar. Close the jar, then shake it vigorously until all the ingredients are well combined.
  6. Put the kale in a large salad or mixing bowl. Pour the dressing on the kale, and use your hands to massage the dressing into the kale for about 30 seconds, until the leaves start to soften.
  7. Add the romaine and mix it in with the kale, so that all the leaves are well coated in the dressing.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Can I prepare this salad in advance?

If you want to prepare this salad a day in advance, I recommend leaving it undressed, and adding the dressing right before serving.

While kale does not get soggy when stored with salad dressing, romaine can lose it’s crunch.

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