Southwest Baby Kale Salad with Cumin-Ginger-Sage Dressing

Southwest Baby Kale Salad with Cumin-Ginger-Sage Dressing {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

Hello, my name is Meg and I am a kale-a-holic. 

Are you obsessed with kale too? I buy kale whenever I am at the farmer’s market and do my best to shove it into every meal possible at our house. I have created all sorts of kale dishes and shared them here on B&B like my Potato, Kale, and White Bean Hash and my “Cheesy” Kale Chip Popcorn . So, when my friend Julia of The Roasted Root contacted me recently and asked if I would be interested in sharing a review of her new book, Let Them Eat Kale!, I jumped at the chance. I mean, hello!! It’s all about kale. 

Southwest Baby Kale Salad with Cumin-Ginger-Sage Dressing {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

Did you know that one cup of kale provides more than 100% of your daily value of vitamins A, C, and K? Kale is low in calories, but high in fiber, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Did I mention it’s delicious?  Kale is one superfood you should really add to your diet if you haven’t already.

Southwest Baby Kale Salad with Cumin-Ginger-Sage Dressing {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

This book is packed with 75 recipes for every meal of the day (Note: not all of them are vegetarian)! Besides this salad there were a few other recipes that caught my eye and landed themselves on my “must-make list” like the Kale and White Bean Soup, Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus, and the Eggplant, Kale, and Chickpea Tacos with Charmoula Sauce

Southwest Baby Kale Salad with Cumin-Ginger-Sage Dressing {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

Julia is so great that not only is she giving one lucky Beard and Bonnet reader a copy of Let Them Eat Kale, but she is also throwing in a copy of her book Delicious Probiotic Drinks too! 

 Southwest Baby Kale Salad with Cumin-Ginger-Sage Dressing {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

So, check out the recipe then enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post! (The giveaway begins at 12:00 am PST August 20, 2014)


Southwest Baby Kale Salad with Cumin-Ginger-Sage Dressing & A Giveaway

  • Author: Beard And Bonnet
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


For the salad

  • 5 ounces baby kale
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup white corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 stalk green onion, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped

For the dressing

  • 1” piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced (I only used 2)
  • 8 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grapseed or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin


To prepare the salad

  1. Add the kale, black beans, corn, red bell pepper, green onion, avocado, and eggs in a large bowl and toss to combine.

To prepare the dressing

  1. Combine the ginger, garlic, sage, oil, vinegar’s, and cumin in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve alongside the salad.
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 Recipe published with permission from Julia Mueller and Skyhorse Publishing

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  1. Julia August 20, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Wahoo! Kale lovers, unite! I’m so glad you made the Southwest Baby Kale Salad. That dressing is one of my favorites for summer salads – soooo much flava! Thanks so much for the cookbook lovin’ my dear! And for hosting a giveaway of both books. I can’t tell you how much the support means to me! #kalefordays 🙂

    1. Meg August 20, 2014 at 8:32 am

      You are SO welcome Julia! Thanks so much for sharing the books with me and my readers you are one super talented lady.

  2. Cookin Canuck August 20, 2014 at 9:59 am

    We grew kale in our garden our garden this year and are always looking for new ways to use it. This salad looks fantastic! And that dressing…oh yeah!

    1. Meg August 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

      I love that you grew your own kale!! I have the blackest of black thumbs and can only grow succulents. I totally have garden envy now.;) Oh and this salad…it’s insanely good!

  3. Marla Meridith January 14, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I must get my hands on this book!! Love kale & this gorgeous salad!

    1. Meg January 14, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Thanks Marla! I have an addiction to kale! I find ways to sneak it in almost everyday. ha!

  4. Mel January 15, 2015 at 3:38 am

    My kids love kale, what a great recipe to make the adults happy too!!

    1. Meg January 15, 2015 at 7:31 am

      It really does make everyone happy Mel!

  5. Alison Haines January 15, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Your photos are a work of art. Truly! And recipe is to die for. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Meg January 15, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Thank you so much Alison! You are too sweet. 🙂 Hope you love this salad as much as we do!


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