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Shredded Kale Salad with Pecan “Cheese”

Shredded Kale Salad with Pecan “Cheese”
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Shredded Kale Salad with Pecan “Cheese”

Shredded Kale Salad with Pecan “Cheese”


  • 1 large bunch Lacinato kale; stems removed and leaves chopped very fine
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Heinen’s extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Pecan "Cheese"

  • ½ cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp. Bragg nutritional yeast
  • ½ Tbsp. Heinen’s extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt


  1. To toast pecans, you can use your toaster oven or toast in a 300° preheated oven. This will take a few minutes in the toaster oven or about 8–10 minutes in the oven.
  2. Stir occasionally, until golden brown. Watch carefully because they can burn in an instant!
  3. Add garlic to a mini food processor and process until minced.
  4. Add lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper.
  5. Pulse until blended. (You can also mince garlic by hand and whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl if you don’t have a mini food processor.)
  6. In a large bowl, add dressing to chopped kale and massage in with your clean hands for a minute or so.
  7. Mix in fresh blueberries and set aside.
  8. To make the pecan “cheese” wash and dry food processor and add toasted pecans.
  9. Pulse until chopped into tiny pea-size pieces (or chop by hand and mix with rest of ingredients if no food processor).
  10. Add remaining ingredients and pulse a few times until crumbly. Be careful not to over-process.
  11. Add pecan “cheese” to salad and toss until combined.
  12. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or so until kale is softened a bit.
  13. Serve with homemade veggie burger from Heinen’s meat department or seared salmon!
Melanie Jatsek RD, LD

By Melanie Jatsek RD, LD

Heinen's Chief Dietitian, Melanie Jatsek, RD, LD believes that the answer to a strong, healthy and vibrant body lies within. As a published author with over 20 years of experience in wellness program development, health coaching and professional speaking, Melanie offers expert guidance through Heinen's Club Fx program to help customers take inspired action to build the healthy body they were meant to live in without giving up their favorite foods.

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  1. Hi Melanie,
    I have made this salad numerous times and it is excellent! It is now part of my menu planning, it makes enough for a couple meals and i love it with the seared salmon.

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