Sweet Peach Kale Salad with Feta & Toasted Pecans

Sweet peach kale salad with feta and toasted pecans. A delicious sweet and savory salad made with simple ingredients.

Sweet Peach Kale Salad with Feta & Toasted Pecans

The ultimate summer salad. This recipe is packed with delicious summer produce and served with feta and pecans for a salty and crunchy topping. If you’re looking for a savory way to use peaches, I highly recommend trying them in salads. The sweet and savory combination is the best and it’s exactly what this salad is all about.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Kale: Kale is a hearty green and is best when massaged in salads. If you’re not a fan of hearty greens, I’m sharing some substitutions in the FAQ section.
  • Arugula: Arugula adds a peppery flavor to the salad. You can skip it if you don’t have it.
  • Peaches: Sweet peaches help create a delicious sweet and savory salad.
  • Red Onions: Make sure to slice the red onion very thinly to avoid large bites of onions in the salad. You can use less or skip the onions if you’re not a fan.
  • Pecans: The pecans are toasted to bring out their delicious nutty flavor. They also add a crunch to the salad.
  • Feta: Feta adds a delicious salty touch to the salad. You can also use goat cheese if preferred, or vegan feta for a vegan option.
  • Vinaigrette: The vinaigrette is made with olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic and salt. You can also add a touch of maple syrup if you want.

How to Make a Peach Kale Salad:

Here are the steps to make a simple peach kale salad.

  1. Prepare the Vinaigrette

    In a small jar or bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Set aside.

  2. Massage the Kale

    Place the chopped kale in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and massage with your hands to incorporate the dressing and tenderize the kale. Set aside to let the kale marinate until the other ingredients are ready. 

  3. Toast the Pecans

    In a small pan, toast the pecans over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.

  4. Combine

    Transfer the pecans and feta to the kale, along with the arugula, red onion and peaches and toss all the ingredients together.

peaches in a box
kale in a measuring cup

Peach Kale Salad FAQ:

Can I Make This Recipe Vegan?

Yes! Make this recipe vegan by using vegan feta or your favorite crumbly vegan cheese. You can also skip the cheese if you don’t have access to vegan feta or a similar alternative.

Can I Use Other Greens?

Yes! If you’re not a fan of hearty kale salads, you can use a more delicate green. Baby spinach would be a lovely option, but regular green lettuce would work too. Skip the massaging step if using these.

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closeup of a sweet peach kale salad in a bowl

Sweet Peach Kale Salad with Feta & Toasted Pecans

A delicious sweet and salty salad that takes advantage of fresh summer produce. Peaches are paired with salty feta and nutty toasted pecans for a delicious flavor combination. Add to marinated kale and arugula for a fresh and healthy summer salad.
Course Salad
Cuisine vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 cups kale, shredded
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup pecans

Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  • In a small jar or bowl, whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients. Set aside.
  • Place the kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and massage with your hands to incorporate the dressing and tenderize the kale. Set aside to let the kale marinate until the other ingredients are ready. 
  • In a small pan, toast the pecans over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Stir a few times. 
  • Transfer the pecans and feta to the kale, along with the arugula, red onion and peaches and toss all the ingredients together. Serve immediately.

Notes

This salad makes 4 servings if used as a main part of a meal. You’ll get 4 or more servings if making it as a side dish.
Feel free to use goat cheese instead of feta.
You can also use vegan feta or skip the cheese for a vegan option.
You can omit or reduce the onions in this recipe if you’re not a fan of raw onions. You could use green onions instead for a milder taste.
You can replace the kale with more delicate greens, such as baby spinach or regular green lettuce. Skip the massaging step if using these.

If you make this peach kale salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!

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