The fresh flavors of summer get to shine in this kale salad with peaches, corn, and basil-honey vinaigrette.
kale salad with peaches, corn, and honey-basil vinaigrette

Kale salads may be a dime a dozen around here, but it’s not exactly everyday that the.boy requests to have the leftovers for lunch.

In fact, that would be more of a “when pigs fly” or “when hell freezes over” kind of situation, bribe cajole force-feed try as though I might.


So I’m not sure whether it was the sweet herbal notes of the basil-honey vinaigrette or the tart tangy fig-infused honey goat cheddar bites scattered throughout.

The deeply sweet peach slices or the juicy pops of fresh corn.

The crunchy carbalicious croutons or the earthy slivers of massaged kale.


Or, you know. Whether his tongue was overtaken by alien tastebuds.

But whatever had him reaching for that second bowl?

I’m into it. Very into it.


Honestly, I’m not entirely surprised that of all the kale salads in the world, this is the one that struck his fancy. After all, the recipe is loosely based on one from Julia Mueller’s new cookbook – Let Them Eat Kale!, which incorporates everyone’s favorite superfood into every meal of the day in delicious and fun ways.

Julia is one of my favorite bloggers who writes over at The Roasted Root and given how frequently I drool over her recipes, it makes total sense that if anyone was going to get the.boy to go gaga for kale, it was her.

Julia’s recipe originally called for grilling the kale, corn, and peaches, but since I am grill-deprived, I just went with them in their raw state. I have no doubt that the extra smokiness some time on the grill would impart would do wonders to amp up the flavor of this salad, but I was pretty content with it as is. It’s the kind of health food that is so good that it makes you forget that it’s health food. Which is basically the best kind.

There are so many other recipes in this book that I can’t wait to try, including Savory Cheesy Kale Pancakes, Cheddar Kale Skillet Cornbread, Massaged Kale Salad with Rosemary Candied Walnuts and Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette, Creamy Sweet Potato and Kale Soup, Barbecue Black Bean Kale and Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers, and Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus, to name a few! So if you’re looking to include more kale in life, or win over the more dubious kale-eaters among us, then I would say that this book is a worthwhile addition to your library!


Kale Salad with Peaches, Corn, and Basil-Honey Vinaigrette
The fresh flavors of summer get to shine in this kale salad with peaches, corn, and basil-honey vinaigrette.
Yield: 4 servings
For the salad
  • 1 large bunch of lacinato kale, stems removed and leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • large pinch of salt
  • 3 peaches, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 3 ears of corn kernels
  • 4 oz honey cheddar goat cheese or other goat cheese
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread, cubed
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese
For the dressing
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 basil leaves, minced
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the kale with a tablespoon of olive oil and salt. Massage until kale volume reduces by half and kale turns a dark green.
  3. Toss the kale with the peaches, corn kernels, and cheese.
  4. Arrange the bread cubes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Roast for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, honey, and basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss with the salad.
  6. Serve the salad topped with the parmesan croutons.

For more kale salads, check out these:

kale tabbouleh with sour cherries

Kale Tabbouleh with Sour Cherries

kale and brussels sprout salad with butternut squash

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Butternut Squash

kale salad with brie croutons, roasted butternut squash, cumin-spiced pecans and a cranberry vinaigrette

Kale Salad with Brie Croutons, Cumin-Spiced Pecans, and a Cranberry Dressing

From Around the Web:

Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing from Pinch of Yum

Grilled Corn and Kale Salad from A Thought For Food

Kale Market Salad from 101 Cookbooks

Chopped Kale Salad with Chickpeas, Toasted Almonds, Sesame Seeds and a Honey Ginger Dressing from What’s Cooking Good Looking

Kale Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese, and Strawberry-Mint Vinaigrette from The Roasted Root


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69 Responses to Kale Salad with Peaches, Corn, and Basil-Honey Vinaigrette

  1. debbie says:

    I love kale and it was a regular meal mashed with potatoes growing up! This is one salad I would love to try.

  2. Yay! I just got her book too and tried some of the recipes – SO YUMMY! Now, I am obvs gonna try this one 🙂 Pinned!

  3. Ooohh I love Julia’s blog, and I cannot wait to get my hands on her book! And I wish I oculd get my hands on some kale too gah, would you believe I’ve never seen one!???This salad looks amazing and that dressing sounds SO GOOD.
    Enjoy your week! xx

  4. I’m not sure which part of this is my favorite – the kale, peaches, or basil honey vinaigrette! It all sounds awesome!

  5. I love all the different combinations I would have never put together! And the vinaigrette sounds awesome! I jumped on the kale bandwagon too haha my favorite is kale pesto!

  6. I can definitely see why the boy wanted leftovers of this!! The peaches and the fresh corn is definitely pulling me in. HOLY!!

  7. Leah Davis says:

    What a great way to use summer peaches! If a boy reaches for a second helping of kale, then you know it is a winner!!

  8. I want this for lunch every day!

  9. I love how the peaches look in this dish! What an amazing dinner idea.

  10. The peaches and the corn on this salad will make me go gaga too!! I’ll have to get her book

  11. Cassie says:

    I just made a new kale salad yesterday to share. I love kale so keep ’em coming! I really love the vinaigrette with the peaches!

  12. Nom. Nom. Nom. You make the best salads!
    Summer lovin.
    Have a beautiful day Joanne!

  13. Meg says:

    Looks so fresh and delicious. I would definitely request leftovers for lunch!

  14. Min says:

    Haha! I’m not so sure if he likes it but Tim better eat the leftovers..or else… ;). Julia’s cookbook sounds fabulous! Ever since I arrived in Korea, I haven’t been able to get my hands on kale..I miss it terribly..that in quinoa. Loving all the flavors in this salad! A Must try for sure!

  15. Seriously, could this salad GET any more freaking gorgeous?? I adore kale in every way possible and this salad is definitely screaming my name. That honey vinaigrette sounds just fabulous drizzled on top! 🙂 Pinned.

  16. Basil-honey? I am SO in, what a delicious combo of flavours 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  17. Brilliant summer salad Joanne – love the combination of fruits + greens!

  18. SallyBR says:

    Just made my first massaged kale salad last week, and shall blog on it sometime next month – loved it!

    real change in texture, I might try the grilling method next

  19. cheri says:

    HI Joanne, another great kale salad, love that you added peaches and corn together. Sounds amazing! The boy is very lucky indeed.

  20. This salad sounds fantastically healthy and so delish! Basil honey dressing- LOVE this idea!!

  21. I soooooo need to get my hands on this book! This salad looks DELISH!!! I’m loving the peach season and can’t stop stuffing my face with it! Making a salad from it sounds like pure dinner heaven! <3

  22. Julia says:

    Yaaaaay! It’s goooorgeous! I’m going to have to try this salad sansa grill, myself! You make it look magnificent!! Thanks so much for your sweet words and for your beautiful take on the salad! 😀

  23. Yum! Now I’m craving this after a not-so-nutritious weekend. I have to try that dressing ASAP.

  24. chloe says:

    can’t wait to make this asap!!!

  25. Trisha says:

    So many fresh summer flavors! I’m drooling! No wonder the.boy wants leftovers!

  26. Kinsey says:

    I’m making this for lunch today once I go grocery shopping! Man that looks so good. I bet the peaches will taste amazing with the kale, and this summer I’ve been all about the kale salads.

  27. yum! sounds like an excellent kale salad 🙂

  28. I love the cubed ciabatta (ugh ciabatta is sooo good), as well as the sweetness of the peaches, corn, and honey. Delicious!

  29. Lisa says:

    Now that’s a kale salad! I can just imagine how refreshing it is with those peaches.

  30. Kate says:

    I’m thinking it’s the goat cheese. It’s so great for a salad, because it seems to coat every bite!

  31. This salad is calling my name! Love those gorgeous peaches! I can’t get enough of them.

  32. This is my kind of kale salad! Love the sound of that vinaigrette!

  33. im looking forward for this book…and stone fruit this year,,i cant get enough.

  34. Yum to kale always, and this kale salad. 100 points for The.Boy reaching for seconds!!! Although, I’m sure the more kale for you the better! 🙂

  35. Eileen says:

    Who doesn’t love a kale salad? (Okay, lots of people, but I am not one of them.) I love the intense contrast with fresh summer peaches!

  36. Hotly Spiced says:

    This looks so beautiful and summery. I’m so missing peaches and all stone fruits! I think this salad would be wonderful either grilled or served fresh. I love how the kale takes on a new colour after a good massage xx

  37. GAH! I could really go for a giant bowl of this after my weekend of gluttony!!

  38. Tart tangy fig-infused honey goat cheddar bites. WHAT? I lost consciousness for a second there…

  39. Christine says:

    You make the most amazing salads! Have 3 beautiful peaches and a big bunch of kale needing to be used soon, so there may be some massaging in my future. 🙂

  40. You have some really amazing kale salads, Joanne. This looks fabulous!

  41. The idea of mixing kale and peaches gets me pretty pumped! Gotta try this!

  42. Katerina says:

    I love the addition of fruits in salads! It looks delicious!

  43. I am so impressed. My husband is up to eating kale on pizza, under cheese, but that is about it! I need to try harder – perhaps this salad would do the trick for him too. It certainly appeals to me 🙂

  44. Love the idea of pairing kale with sweet ripe peaches! This looks so good!

  45. Monica says:

    I keep staring at those lovely chunks of bread but this salad in all – I love that sweetness from the peaches and corn with the savory. No wonder your fella was such a fan. Salads can, in fact, be addicting! : )

  46. Perfect summer salad! love all the ingredients in this one too!

  47. Danguole says:

    Oh, this is too perfect! I probably could (and would) drink that vinaigrette straight, no lie.

  48. love kale, and your writing 🙂 thanks for making me smile tonight!

  49. Reeni says:

    What a great mix of flavors! If he went for seconds I’d probably inhale the entire bowl! No sharing for me!

  50. I love to eat fruit on my salads, the peaches look wonderful, they bring great color and flavor to the salad.

  51. Johanna GGG says:

    it is good to read this and read that the boy was that impressed with the kale salad – it means there is hope that I might grow to love kale salads – they look great but I have tried one and not been impressed – some smoky corny peachy goodness added would definitely help me

  52. This salad looks amazing, Joanne! I love a good, juicy peach. I’m totally making this as soon as I can get my butt to the grocery store.

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  56. Shannon says:

    um, can I have this for lunch? pretty please? love.

  57. Laura says:

    That looks SO GOOD. I swear I am going to start cooking soon–something like this will be on the top of my list!

  58. This looks heavenly!! What a fun, fresh combo for summer!

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  66. abby says:

    This was soooo delicious! Thank you!! 🙂

  67. Natalya says:

    Ha, I, actually, made this as I am trying to vary my salad rotation. I didn’t have kale, so I used a mix of romaine, arugula and spinach. It was good, I had to add a little more oil in the dressing as I didn’t use it to massage the kale. Would def make again and I think it would be interesting for a party or potluck.

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