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Kale Salad with Strawberries, Caramelized Pepitas, Dates & Pecorino Romano

This kale salad with strawberries is quick enough for lunch and is a great side dish for dinner!

Kale will forever be one of my favorite bases for a salad. It’s super hearty, I love the texture and it pairs well with fruit and cheese. And everyone knows those are really the best part of a salad. This kale salad with strawberries, dates and pepitas is a great combo of sweet, salty, chewy and crunchy. Plus, the kale gives is some major staying power (three cups of kale, which is roughly what I use– has 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.) Pecorino romano gives it that salty goodness – it’s one of my favorite hard cheeses. I topped it with salmon cakes because I’m obsessed, and I used tahini maple dressing, which is in the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook (that cookbook really is a must have.) You could also top it with chickpeas, chicken or serve it as a side salad.

Kale Salad with Strawberries, Caramelized Pepitas, Dates & Pecorino Romano

kale salad with strawberries

Caramelizing the pepitas is totally optional, but it’s a really nice touch. The crunchy sweetness makes this feel like a salad you’d get at your favorite restaurant, and I think it’s kind of fun to watch them pop. This recipe serves one, but you could easily double it for or even quadruple it to take to a party.

Kale Salad with Strawberries, Carmelized Pepitas, Dates, and Pecorino Romano

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Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 cups kale, tough stalk removed and chopped
  • 5 strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon pepitas + 1 T sugar for caramelizing
  • 1-2 dates, chopped (pit removed)
  • Pecorino romano
  • Protein & dressing of choice! (I topped with salmon cakes & used tahini maple dressing, both from Run Fast Eat Slow.)



Caramelize pepitas.


Assemble salad.


Enjoy your salad!

kale salad with strawberries pepitas and pecorino romano



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  • Shannon

    YUM! This makes me want salmon cakes and I love the Run Fast, Eat Slow book. Thanks for sharing. I love keeping it simple and this is a great combo I wouldn’t have necessarily thought of! (strawberries too, which I have plenty of!)