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Strawberry Kale Salad with Tempeh Bacon

Massaged in a balsamic vinaigrette, this nutritious salad is bursting with texture and flavor!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: dinner, lunch, Salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 395kcal


For the Kale Salad

  • 1 large bunch kale (curly or lacinato) destemmed and torn in bite-size pieces
  • ½ pint strawberries hulled and sliced in half
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 8 ounces tempeh bacon chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 avocado pitted and sliced

For the Maple Pecans

  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • pinch of fine sea salt

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar white or red
  • ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • pinch of salt & pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F then line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Set aside.
  • Next prepare the pecans. In a separate small bowl, whisk togehter the syrup, olive oil, and salt. Add the chopped pecans and toss until evenly coated. Spread out on the baking sheet then bake for 5-7 minutes, until toasted. Be sure to keep an eye so that they don't burn as oven temperatures can vary. Once they are done remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Add the kale to a large bowl then pour the dressing over top. Using your hands, massage the dressing into the kale until it begins to slightly wilt and is evenly coated. Top with chopped onion, strawberries, maple pecans and avocado.
  • Lastly, add the tempeh to a greased skillet and cook over medium heat until crispy, about 5-10 minutes. Add to the bowl with the salad. Serve immediately and enjoy!


This recipe serves 2 large salads or 4 small. Nutrition facts are for 4 servings, or 1/4th of the recipe.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1497IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 3mg