Grilled Pineapple Kale Salad

Some nights are just too hot to fire up the oven and eat an entirely cooked meal. We’ve had a few of those in Los Angeles the past couple weeks and this particular evening I wanted to put together a salad for dinner that would be bursting with flavor and leave me satisfied. The combination of hearty kale, crunchy cashews and the sweetness of the pineapple was a perfect blend that danced on my tastebuds.

One of the most important steps in the recipe is massaging the kale. It may seem silly (feel free to giggle while doing it) but it really does transform the kale from being tough and bitter to sweet and smooth.

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Grilled Pineapple Kale Salad

By Kylie Bennett Published: July 23, 2013

  • Yield: 5 cups (2 Servings)
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Ready In: 18 mins

This refreshing massaged kale salad is filled with delicious flavors, perfect for a warm summer evening.



  1. Oil your BBQ, George Forman, grill pan (whatever you have) with coconut oil and heat to medium high heat. Place pineapple spears on hot grill and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  2. While pineapple is cooking, place your clean kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle in garlic powder (you could also use fresh minced garlic, but I didn't have any on hand). Coat your hands in the olive oil and gently massage the kale until the leaves start to darken.
  3. Toss in the rest of your ingredients and mix until combined. Plate up your salad, season to your liking and place the warm grilled pineapple on top.
  4. Drizzle with raspberry balsamic.

7 thoughts on “Grilled Pineapple Kale Salad

  1. Pili

    I thought the massaged kale bit sounded very funny, but the salad looks great and all the ingredients together sound super yummy!

  2. lili

    What would you suggest in place of oil? I am trying to omit the processed oils from my diet and eating plant based whole foods. Thank you

    1. Kylie Bennett Post author

      Hmm, that’s a tough one. For the grilled pineapple, if you have a non-stick grill pan, you can get away with not using anything. I supposed you could just wet your hands with a little bit of water to massage the kale and then do a splash of lemon juice to give it some flavor.

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