Dharma’s Kale Salad Recipe

Kale is an incredible beauty superfood that is one of my personal favorites. It is packed with phytochemicals, fiber and chloropyll, a major blood builder. The cleaner the blood the more beautiful we are.

Instead of cooking it, it can be tenderized with lemon and other dressing ingredients and made into a salad. I eat this hearty, delicious salad for part of dinner at least several nights a week. This incredible salad provides a substantial mix of protein-building amino acids, enzymes, minerals (including important ones found in sea vegetables), and antioxidants. 

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Dharma’s Kale Salad Recipe
(Makes 1-2 servings)
  • Base:
  • 1 head of Lacinato (dinosaur) kale is best, but curly kale works also
  • 2 handfuls of sprouts- any kind you like. I like Sunflower sprouts and Clover sprouts best.
  • 1 cup of sliced sundried tomatoes or fresh tomatoes
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced
  • 1 handful of fresh dill, chopped (optional, but I love the taste it adds to this salad!)

  • Dressing:
  • 2-3 Tbs. lemon juice (Meyer lemons when available)
  • 2-4 Tbs. of nutritional yeast
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1-2 Tbs. of dulse flakes or dulse strips (optional)
  • Coarse Celtic sea salt
  • 1 Tbs olive oil (optional)

  • Optional for serving:
  • Untoasted nori wrappers
  1. Take the Kale stems, one-by-one, and strip the leaves off the thick spine stem by hand.  Once you have gotten the leaves off, add a pinch of Celtic sea salt to them and shred with your hands to break up the Kale, tearing it into little pieces for easy digestion. Using your hands really helps break down the kale, which is important to digest it well.
  2. Add the dressing ingredients and mix well. Add the rest of the sprouts, tomatoes, dill and avocados and mix well again. Feel free to add other raw veggies that you love. Cut the nori wrappers into halves or quarters and scoop the salad into them, like mini wraps. Delicious!



Last updated: Friday, January 23, 2015
  • Sophie

    This looks so delicious!

    How do you feel about tahini dressings?


  • http://allnaturalannie.com Annie

    Wow, this sounds SO delicious! And of course, super nutritious. Thanks for the idea!

  • Brooke

    This has been a staple for me ever since I read the recipe in BDS…now I’m addicted to eating raw kale salads! They’re the best!!

  • Alecia

    Hey Kim I loved this salad along with the many other recipes I have tried! I have a question that is not related to the salad and didn’t know where else to post.

    I have been Raw for 4 months. I started a juice cleanse on Dec 30th for seven days then started the Raw diet. The only food I cooked was beans in a slow cooker on a weekly basis because I thought I needed them for the protein, but now realiz I don’t so I’ve stopped eating them by the end of March. In the past I was diagnoised with Anemia and my thyroid was sluggish, but now my blood work came back stating I was no longer Anemic but I still don’t have the energy I need. In the past when I took a Kelp supplement that took care of both my Anemia and Thyroid issues and not I find unless I take the kelp or eat Kelp, my energy level is really low. I drink at least a blender full of green smoothies a day which includes either 6 cups of spinach or 4 cups of kale with a banana, apple,pear or mango and banana. I have tried your smoothie but until I get a vitamixer, it was too much for my blender.

    Any Suggestions?

  • Faith de Coeur

    I’ve been put on a strict candida diet and can’t do the nutritional yeast, but really want to try this salad. Does not adding it really effect the taste and if so what would be the best substitute?

    • Amy

      nutritional yeast is not from the candida species. if you’re going to go on a strict diet it’s probably best to know the actual foods you need to avoid. in general though it’s probably going to be pretty hard for you to “strictly” avoid it as it’s on your skin and throughout your respiratory tract.

      • Julia

        Going on a candida diet doesn’t mean you are trying to avoid contact with candida; it’s a diet designed to reduce candida infections. People on a candida diet avoid certain foods like sugar and alcohol, and many also avoid consuming other forms of yeast.

  • Dan

    As far as I’m aware, Dharma’s ( http://www.dharmaland.com/ ) doesn’t make a Kale Salad. Are you just using the name “Dharma’s”?

    • Inga

      Kimberly very clearly says in her book that the Dharma Kale Salad was inspired by an individual she knew, and not the Dharmaland web site, Dharma is actually not the most uncommon name, especially once you’re living in the world of kale/yogis/veganism/pure plant energy/etc. Have some kale! Relax!

      • Lou Ellen Lotito

        :) nicely said!

  • Kendra

    I made this salad with curly kale and found the texture too tough. So I blended the salad with some water into a green smoothie (eliminating my texture problem) and really enjoyed it!

    • Jess

      Did you try massaging the kale before adding your dressing? I find that rubbing the leaves softens the kale leaving it less rough. :)

  • Courtney G.

    I just made this-I didn’t have dill on hand, so I used basil instead and it was delicious!

    • Frank

      good tip on using basil, my wife hates dill, so this will make a nice substitute.

  • Hilary

    I have just ready that there is a
    BIG Raw Kale’s Dark Side
    Kale’s oxalic acid can cause muscle weakness
    Raw kale can cause painful sex
    Kidney stone risk
    Gout risk
    Lowered thyroid function (goitrogenic)

    What should we do about it?
    It is always best to steam the kale then?

    Thank you very much :).

  • Gail

    you forgot the 3-5 T hemp seeds (you mentioned in your YouTube video for making this salad)

    • Krista

      Or was it hemp hearts missing in the kale salad?

  • Celia Walker

    Hi Kim!
    I absolutely love all of your recipe ideas but the only problem is that I am allergic to citrus (lemon, lime, orange, pineapple etc). It is such a shame because I know how beneficial lemons are for your health and because so, you use it in A LOT of your recipes (including this spectacular looking Dharma Kale Salad). I have been trying for years to find some kind of substitute but no luck. If you have any recommendations that would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
    Thanks Kim, you are wonderful

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Celia, one nice/healthy “superfood” substitute for lemon (at least in salads) is Apple Cider Vinegar. It provides some of the “tang/sour” flavor and brings many health benefits, so you may want to try that. It won’t work so well in smoothies, but you can also drink it with water first thing in the morning similar to how I recommend the lemon water and it will help your digestion and make you more alkaline.