New Style Caprese Summer Kale Salad with Nectarines and Fresh Mozzarella

Summer Kale Salad with nectarines and fresh mozzarella

Summer Kale Salad with nectarines and fresh mozzarella

This salad is the latest addition to my growing list of kale salads.  Perfect this time of year with sweet summer nectarines and fresh mozzarella with a light and refreshing lemony white balsamic vinaigrette. 

Summer Kale Salad

Summer Kale Salad

You may be saying to yourself when will this trend of kale salads and kale everything ever end, but if you ask me the answer would be NEVER because I really do LOVE kale, I don’t just eat it ’cause it’s good for me, I truly enjoy it.  Kale salads show up weekly at my dinner table and then again for lunch when I have leftovers (and I always hope for leftovers!).  I hope you’ll find as much joy in this simple and delicious salad as we do. small bowl summer kale salad

This version was inspired by a pizza I recently enjoyed on a day trip to Princeton, NJ, where we were touring the university with Skyler (she’s a brilliant and very hard working student with high aspirations, fingers crossed!), honestly I hope she gets accepted just so we can go back for more pizza 🙂

Skyler & I with one of the many Princeton tigers on campus

Skyler & I with one of the many Princeton tigers on campus

 

Colin at his namesake Jones Hall

Colin at his namesake Jones Hall

an example of the beautiful Princeton architecture

an example of the beautiful Princeton architecture

We were so happy when we walked into Jules Thin Crust.  They had an array of specialty pizzas on display for us to choose from and our smiles just grew when we (Skyler & I) saw about 10 different varieties of veggie pizzas alongside an array of meat topped delicacies for Colin’s enjoyment.  Another unique thing about their pizzas was that they were all made rectangular with very thin crusts, which I think is more commonly found in Italy but not as much in these parts.  Even better several options were made with whole grain crusts.  

Our selections from Jules Thin Crust Pizza

Our selections from Jules Thin Crust Pizza

Skyler and I chose four different pizzas to share, but by far our favorite was the kale pizza topped with apples, mandarin oranges and sliced red onion with creamy mozzarella as the base between the crust and greens, which were mixed with a delicious lemony vinaigrette. 

My lemony white balsamic vinaigrette

My lemony white balsamic vinaigrette

My mind immediately started thinking about how I could turn this into a salad in my own kitchen.  I decided to make my version with sweet and juicy summer nectarines in place of the apples and oranges.  I kept the mozzarella, choosing a silky soft fresh mozzarella and diced it into bite size pieces. But I left off the onions just because they’re not working for me now, but you could definitely throw in some thinly sliced reds or even shallots if you like.  I made a simple lemony white vinaigrette and then tossed in some slivered almonds just for fun and a little crunch.  Skyler declared the salad as a new style caprese. Whatever you want to call it, I call it delicious!  

Summer Kale Salad

Summer Kale Salad

Summer Kale Salad or New Style Caprese

Author: Jen Jones of SweetGreenKitchen

Ingredients:

Salad:

Big bunch of Kale – I like curly kale, but Tuscan/Dinosaur kale works great too – stems removed

1 large nectarine – skin on, diced in bite size pieces

4 ounces fresh mozzarella – diced in bite size pieces – leave out for vegan/dairy free

2-3 Tablespoons slivered almonds

Dressing:

3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado Oil

1 Tablespoon lemon juice – freshly squeezed!

2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

Fresh thyme

A few chopped chives or a little thinly sliced red onion

Sea Salt

Pinch of red pepper flakes – if you like

Directions:

Remove the stems from the kale.  If using curly kale just tear apart into bite size pieces, if using Tuscan kale roll up the leaves and thinly slice.  Add the prepared kale into a salad spinner or large bowl of water and give it a few good squeezes, drain and wash again if necessary (note that squeezing the kale while washing it will help to start tenderizing the leaves, I prefer this method to start then simply massaging dressing into the kale). Add the washed and dried kale into a large bowl.

Mix up the dressing and then toss into the kale and mix in thoroughly to cover all the leaves.  If time permits, let the dressed kale hang out for 20-30 minutes before proceeding.

Add in the remaining salad ingredients; nectarine, mozzarella, almonds then give a final toss.  Serve and enjoy!  

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5 thoughts on “New Style Caprese Summer Kale Salad with Nectarines and Fresh Mozzarella

  1. Skyler August 22, 2016 at 2:04 pm Reply

    This salad is delicious!!! Quite possibly my favorite kale salad so far, which is really saying something. The nectarines make the whole salad juicy and refreshing, and the lemon dressing is great. The mozzarella goes very well with it all and makes the salad a delicious, filling meal on its own (especially with some toasted slices of fresh farmers market bread 😋), but on vacation last week we had the salad without the mozzarella as a side dish to something else. As we didn’t have slivered almonds then, we had it with toasted pumpkin seeds, which was also great.

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  2. dr.jkauffman@comcast.net August 22, 2016 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Great posting!  Love the food photos and the other photos as well, particularly Jones Hall! Princeton???????   OMG!  Full scholarship hopefully……………..my fingers crossed for her…..I leave for Burning Man on Friday.   

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    • sweetgreenkitchen August 23, 2016 at 1:31 am Reply

      Thanks Jill! Definitely keep those fingers crossed and have a fantastic time at Burning Man.

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  3. Shades of SORE November 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm Reply

    This salad looks amazing! Will try it soon

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    • sweetgreenkitchen November 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy the salad! Thanks for stopping by and commenting here. 🙂 Best of luck with your site!

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