Kale Salad with Warm “Bacon” Dressing

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dinner, Gluten Free, recipes, Vegan

Kale Salad with Warm “Bacon” Dressing – an updated and hearty plant based twist on that classic spinach salad – complete with a warm, smoky dressing!

Kale Salad with Warm "Bacon" Dressing

We are officially in the high-speed wedding countdown. Nineteen days to go.

Thankfully, I am super calm and have been this whole time. I am detailed, but not stressing the details. It’s all happening as it should and honestly, I am just nervous-cited about the whole thing. I am grateful to be calm.

I am grateful for our very dear friends. Over the weekend we had a party in our honor, a sort of engagement – shower celebration for both Jason and I, and all of our friends and family. My friend (and maid-man of honor) Johnny completely outdid himself, hosting a fun day with so much amazing food. I will have to share those photos in a separate post – everything was so very good.

So many friends and family were there to celebrate with us, which is just my favorite thing. I brought my karaoke machine, which is always a great time.

We are blessed with many good friends, and we cannot wait to celebrate with more in a few weeks. My heart is happy.

Kale Salad with Warm "Bacon" Dressing

This salad.

I was never really a bacon fan, but one thing I used to love was a crisp cool salad with that warm smoky dressing. The one that uses bacon.

This is my version of that salad, using smoky paprika and liquid smoke. The brand I have is both vegan and gluten free, and it bringsย a great flavor to this salad. Add some perfectly ripe creamy avocado cubes, a pop of sweet from the dried cherries, and the hearty mushrooms – you have one tasty salad.

Kale Salad with Warm "Bacon" Dressing

Kale Salad with Warm “Bacon” Dressing

YIELD: serves two

dairy, egg, and gluten free, vegan


1 bunch kale, stems/ribs removed
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 garlic clove, minced
5 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted and cubed
handful dried cherries


To chiffonade the kale: wash thoroughly and pat dry. Remove tough ribs from each leaf, stack several leaves together and roll tightly. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice rolled kale into thin strips. Repeat with entire bunch of kale. Add kale chiffonade to a large salad bowl.

In saucepan over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Stir in tamari, liquid smoke, paprika and garlic clove. Add sliced mushrooms, saute in oil until just softened. Remove from heat. Pour warm ‘bacon’ dressing over kale, toss to coat. Top with avocado and cherries.

Kale Salad with Warm "Bacon" Dressing

Seriously great flavors. I could eat this for breakfast right now.




{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 18, 2014 at 7:16 am

You were never a bacon fan?! I don’t know if we can be friends. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This looks delish… so I’ll forgive you. I can’t believe the big day is so close!


2 Kristina Sloggett August 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

SNORT, yep. I liked the flavor, but not the actual thing. but are you really surprised? I am the girl who flushed a whole hot dog down the toilet when I was 6. well, I tried… happy Monday to you! XO


3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 18, 2014 at 8:10 am

Hot dog… toilet… I can see where you’d make that connection.


4 Kristina Sloggett August 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm



5 Heather @ FITaspire August 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

Ah – so close!!! Enjoy the last few days, the wedding goes by so fast!


6 Kristina Sloggett August 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

I know… so many fun events around the big day to enjoy, and then the day itself. we are excited, it is going to be a fun one! ๐Ÿ˜€


7 Heather (Where's the Beach) August 19, 2014 at 8:02 am

I was never a bacon eater either, but do like tempeh bacon. Is that weird? Maybe it’s texture more than anything. This looks amazing. And I’m so super excited for you!!! Glad you’re not stressing out about it. It’ll happen, it’ll be awesome and you’ll be married!


8 Deanna segrave-Daly January 2, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Oh my heaven – this is exactly what my body is craving right now after overindulging over the holidays (tho I may just need to add a few crumbles of bacon – forgive me?) *


9 Kristina Sloggett January 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

ha – okay Deanna, you’re forgiven ๐Ÿ˜‰ enjoy!!


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