Heirloom Tomato-Kale Salad

A good salad is welcome in our world no matter the time of year, but especially in summer, when the last thing we want to do is fuss over food. This salad is quite simple, and, with the right produce, the vegetables really do all the talking. The dressing is easy, too — brightening up any salad you decide to assemble this summer.
By / Photography By Aaron Snow | April 25, 2016


For the dressing

In a small bowl or jar, combine the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, and salt. Whisk until emulsified and set aside. (You can also make this in a blender if you prefer — simply combine and blend.)

For the salad

Bunch or stack a few kale leaves at a time, then chop them into small pieces. You don’t have to get too particular here, but the smaller the cut, the easier and more pleasant the salad is to eat.

In a large bowl, add the kale with a pinch of salt and ¼ of the avocado. With clean hands, massage the avocado into the kale by rubbing it between your hands until the avocado is thoroughly worked into the kale, and the kale has no dry spots remaining. Let the kale sit while you prepare the remaining ingredients: slice the tomato and remaining avocado; chop the cucumber; and dice the red onion. Stack a few large leaves of basil, roll them into a cylinder, then slice thinly. Toss all ingredients together, then drizzle with dressing to taste. Serve.


For the Dressing
  • 5 tablespoons good-tasting olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
For the Salad
  • ½ large bunch green curly kale, washed, dried, and torn into small pieces
  • 1 avocado, sliced into thick wedges
  • ½ small cucumber, chopped into thick cubes
  • 1 small heirloom tomato, thinly sliced
  • ¼ small red onion, diced
  • 8-9 fresh basil leaves, sliced into a chiffonade
  • Sea salt
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