Kale Salad with a Tropical Twist

Please, guys, let me get something off my chest here…


There, I feel better… I think!

For tonight would be one of those nights… you know the kind when absolutely NOTHING seems to be working.

And when I say nothing, I’m not kidding.

EVERYTHING about this post seems to be going wrong.

I’m trying to upload images, but keep getting this stupid HTTP error… been at it for over an hour, to no avail. Getting a bit furious, I figure alright, forget this, I’ll just take another route and host my images elsewhere this time ’round. Let’s get busy writing that recipe instead.

So I call the plugin, start writing the recipe in the little box, write, write, and write some more. Finish writing the recipe… so far so good.

At least THAT went well and is ready to go!


Somehow, I managed to click OUTSIDE the plugin window, and just like that, poof! without so much as a tiny little warning, the window disappeared, gobbling my entire recipe as it went.

Now I’m just sitting here in total disbelief.

I should just plain give up, shouldn’t I? For this sure would be a tough night in the life of a food blogger who wanted to go to bed early.

But no way, I will not have that!  This thing will not win.

I will share this recipe tonight.

You know why?

Because it’s soooooo worthy of being shared, and this poor thing has been sitting in my “upcoming projects” box for way too long. It’s about time I set it free and reveal it to the world in all its magnificent glory!

OK, I might be pushing it a little. But seriously, have you ever seen a kale salad looking so pretty before? I think it’s almost too pretty to eat! Looks like she’s all dressed up and ready to hit the beach, all girly and sexy that she is.

And the good thing is it tastes just as good as it looks.

With all these tropical accents, in the shape of strawberries, mangoes, pineapple and coconut, that one definitely makes for a very appropriate dinner on a warm summer night… or a superb salad to bring to a family picnic at the beach!

I can almost smell the sunscreen lotion and the ocean just looking at it.

Can’t you smell it too?

(and now… to hit the publish button before everything blows up in my face… or the power runs out!)

Kale Salad with a Tropical Twist

Yield: Serves 2

Kale Salad with a Tropical Twist


  • ½ ripe mango, diced
  • 12 large strawberries, sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut shavings
  • 50g pecan, coarsely chopped
  • 10-12 sweet basil leaves, shredded
  • 4 cups fresh kale leaves, shredded
  • For the dressing
  • The juice of 2 oranges
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ cup fresh pineapple, chopped (or canned, unsweetened)
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp each salt and pepper
  • ½ tsp fresh thyme, chopped


  1. In a small food processor or blender, mix all the ingredients of the dressing and process until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients of the salad, pour in dressing and mix until all is very well incorporated.
  3. Divide between 2 serving plates and garnish with a fresh strawberry and a pinch of coconut shavings, if desired.
  4. Although it's preferable to eat this salad right away, it will still keep somewhat well in the refrigerator until the next day.




  1. says

    Mmm, interesting.. I have been having those some http errors since two days now. Only on one of my blogs or so it seems at the moment although come to think of it, I haven’t tried them all. I found a solution to the problem which seems to work but involves using your .htaccess file (or making one as I did) If you want me to mail it to you let me know.
    I haven’t even considered hosting my images elsewhere and solve it like that but that might be something worth looking into.
    Now this salad is just plain gorgeous and I can see how it would be worth sharing!

    • says

      OMG, really? So it’s not just me? Wow, what a relief!

      No idea what the .htaccess file is or how to access it (YOU DO?!??!?!?) but I would be forever grateful if you could send me that email! I will definitely look into it.

      Thank you so much, Simone! I truly appreciate your help. Oh, and by the way, I have not completely deserted your blog, you know… I’ve just been a little swamped lately and haven’t had much time to visit / comment on my favorite blogs, but I am definitely planning on fixing that pretty soon. My head is “almost” out of the water now, I think… 😉

      To this day, I have NO IDEA how you do it. 3 blogs? OMG. You have my complete and total admiration! :)

  2. says

    The photos and recipe were most certainly worth the frustration :) I am always looking and exploring the world of kale, hence my site “the holy kale” and I LOVE this idea. Summer is coming up and who does not love the combination of coconut and mango! I will have to try this one out this week. Thanks!

    • says

      Glad this one inspires you, Lauren! Hope you like it if you end up trying it! I’ve been all over kale, lately, guess I’ll have to explore your site for a little bit of inspiration! Can never get too much of that! :)

  3. Khadijah says

    That dressing sounds AMAZING! If I just made the dressing to put on my daily salad, do you know how many servings it would make and how long it would stay fresh?

    • says

      It all depends on how much dressing you tend to put on your salad… but I would say 2-3 servings. As for it staying fresh, I wouldn’t keep it more than 3-4 days, due to the addition of coconut cream…

  4. says

    I think I must still be playing catch up with my feed reader, because I’m just a little late with this comment but I had to pop in to say this looks beautiful! Can’t wait for kale at my farmers market to try it in salads this year!

    • says

      Don’t sweat it, Heidi, I know exactly what you mean! I must have well over a hundred unread posts in my feed reader. I think I’m a teeny weeny bit behind. But hey, there is no such thing as being late with a comment! Comments are ALWAYS appreciated, even a year after a post has been published! 😉 Plus, I can very well understand that you would be a tad busy and away from your computer these days. Can’t wait to see new pics of your little angel!

  5. Donna says

    You have just saved the day for me for Eastre brunch! I need to bring a “fruity type” salad – but I didn’t want to bring a boring bowl of fruit. This takes care of my need for greens, and the hostess’s need for sweet. Once again, Sonia! You are the bomb!


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