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Kale & Honeydew Summer Salad

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Kale & Honeydew Summer Salad, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

I can’t seem to get enough kale lately. Especially raw. And I know that for some it’s a bit rough around the edges, so that’s why I like to pair it with a sweet or creamy element to take that down a notch.

Honeydew melon is perfect for cutting the bitterness raw kale can have, and it’s so refreshing during these hot summer days!

I like to chop the kale into pretty small pieces to make it easier to handle and so it gets as coated as possible in dressing. The dressing is just a simple combo of lemon juice, avocado oil (you can use olive oil instead), salt, pepper and agave. You’ve got to toss it all up nice and good so that the melon juices and Romano cheese complete the dressing. It’s pretty awesome!

This is a super easy one to throw together, and it’s pretty filling from the almonds and cheese. Stores well over night too!

Tangy, crunchy, earthy…oh man, I love it!

P.S. Here’s another favorite kale salad recipe.
Kale Avocado Salad.

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Prep time: About 20 minutes. Makes two large salads.

You need:

  • 4-5 stalks of kale
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Honeydew melon
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup shaved Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • Salt to taste
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil


  1. Wash kale and cut off thick stalks at bottom (but leave stalks that run through the center of leaves). Chop into small pieces/ribbons and set aside in large mixing bowl. Remove melon from rind and cut into thin slices. Set aside. Grate cheese and set aside.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, oil, agave, salt and pepper in small bowl and pour over kale. Toss well. Add melon, almonds and cheese. Toss really well and place in fridge for about 10-15 minutes so flavors/juices can settle in.
  3. Toss immediately before serving and top with a little extra cheese and salt/pepper.



  1. Posted July 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM | Permalink

    Wow, this looks wonderful!

    Also, where did you find that lovely citrus juicer?

  2. Jenny
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 1:54 PM | Permalink

    looks delish! i’m going to have to try this asap!

    btw, where is that lemon squeezer/cup from? so cute! :]

  3. Posted July 18, 2011 at 2:17 PM | Permalink

    I love honeydew! so underrated in my opinion, cantaloupe usually gets the spotlight. Which is a shame considering how fresh and sweet tasting honeydew is.

  4. Posted July 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM | Permalink

    I love raw kale too. I seem to go in raw food spurts this time of year, earlier it was raw broccoli. I prefer honeydew to cantaloupe anyways, so this will be a refreshing salad if it ever warms up here in WA!

  5. Posted July 18, 2011 at 2:56 PM | Permalink

    What a great idea. I have 3-4 heads of kale growing ever larger in my backyard herb box and now I have a great way to use them… Thanks!

  6. gabi
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 2:56 PM | Permalink

    Haha, a lot of interest in the lemon juicer! It was a birthday gift a few years back so I actually don’t know where it came from.

  7. Posted July 18, 2011 at 3:56 PM | Permalink

    I am loving these flavours! What a gorgeous salad!

  8. Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:08 AM | Permalink

    This looks amazing- kale is my favorite veggie, but I’ve never thought to put it with honeydew. I love the idea, I will definitely try this! xo

  9. Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

    oh man, I am obsessed with kale in all forms. Raw kale salads is an addiction. I would of never thought of adding melon. Sounds divine :)

  10. Posted July 19, 2011 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    just made this last night, and it was the perfect, refreshing salad to eat in the 90+ degree weather!

  11. Posted July 20, 2011 at 10:44 PM | Permalink

    this was the first year that my better half and i got turned on by kale- kale chips, kale + sausage soup, kale lasagna. i love the idea of a bright crisp melon mingled in with my dark kale. thanks!

  12. Posted July 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    My mom loves kale after trying that lazy kale mash up, so I’m sending this to her too!

    Looks tasty!

  13. Posted July 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM | Permalink

    totally trying this. always looking for yummy kale recipes.

  14. Posted July 23, 2011 at 10:15 AM | Permalink

    wow — what a fabulous idea! we usually eat kale cooked, but I love the idea of eating it raw in a yummy salad like this.

  15. Posted July 25, 2011 at 5:03 AM | Permalink

    I am fully obsessed with kale, I really can’t get enough.
    On another note, you’re pictures are beautiful. what kind of camera do you use? and were these edited or just shot in wonderful natural light?

  16. Posted July 26, 2011 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    Yum! Somehow I haven’t had a bite of honeydew yet this summer and I can’t wait to try this out and get my fill, thanks.

  17. shira
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 4:17 PM | Permalink

    Can honey or maple syrup be used as a substitute for the Agave syrup?

  18. gabi
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM | Permalink

    Shira – Sure, I think either one would be very nice.

  19. gabi
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM | Permalink

    Ilana – The images on the blog are most recently taken with a Lumix GF1. Usually shot in natural light!

  20. Posted July 27, 2011 at 8:16 AM | Permalink

    Sounds awesome and is healthy to boot!

  21. Posted July 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

    finding kale where we live is a real quest, but after seeing this salad we are going to make that effort!

  22. Posted July 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

    These are two of my favorite ingredients but I have definitely never tried them together. This looks like a scrumptious, refreshing salad. I can’t wait to try it.

    Thanks for sharing and turning my eye onto something new and exciting.

  23. Posted July 29, 2011 at 1:06 AM | Permalink


    First of all, this recipe looks gorgeously scrumptious! I am obsessed with kale, and would never think to combine it with honeydew.. well done! I’ll have to give this a twirl!

    Secondly, I’m from the Orlando area too :) So happy I happened upon your blog.

    Kind wishes,

  24. Posted August 10, 2011 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

    I have SO much kale growing in the garden that I don’t know what to do with. I was about to pull it out but I’m going to give this a try instead. Love the ingredients. Love your blog and food truck!!

  25. Posted August 16, 2011 at 2:05 PM | Permalink

    brilliant! that’s what a call a GREEN salad…

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