Cucumber and Kale Salad

by Callie England on July 26, 2010

First off, has everyone checked out all of the entries for Heather’s Parfait Challenge? If not, go check them out at Sweetly Raw – Seriously, they are all amazing!

Before bed last night, I pulled out the Flavor Bible to help plan a dinner for tonight that would include cucumbers. Under cucumbers I saw a “flavor affinities” that included cucumber + feta cheese + garlic + mint + olive oil + oregano + red wine vinegar. While those flavors didn’t exactly sound great to me, I figured it was worth a shot…

I obviously made a few modifications not only to raw-ify this, but also turn it into a dish with a bit more substance.

For the feta cheese, I knew I would use pumpkin seeds and nutritional yeast, and for the substance I’d use kale. Oh, and because I’m addicted to wine (see yesterday’s parfait), I decided I’d use straight red wine, instead of vinegar. I know, it sounds like complete s.h.i.t., but just bare with me here…

So, Here goes:

Cukes and Kale Salad

1 head of kale (stemmed, cut, washed and dried)
1 large burpless/english cucumber (seeded and chopped)
2-3 T olive oil
1/4 C of red wine
1-2 tsp lemon juice
1 T apple cider vinegar
Sea salt (generous amount)
handful of fresh oregano
handful of fresh mint
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds (or more!)
1 – 2 T of nutritional yeast
Garlic (I used g. powder, as fresh garlic is a bit much for myself)

In a large bowl, massage kale with olive oil, red wine, lemon juice, acv, sea salt, oregano, and mint – massage for about 5 minutes, or, until tender. Add pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, garlic and cucumber – mix thoroughly.

That’s it. Easy peasy.

I especially loved the simple monochromatic color scheme with the three greens… pretty.

Ok, so the verdict… Delicious! No joke. And I feel ok saying this, since I thought it was going to be a pile of crap in the beginning, ha. The red wine with the kale =’s awesome, and with a touch of nutritional yeast =’s better. Not only that, but I would have never thought to put mint and oregano together – who knew!?

So, if you only make one salad this week, make this one! (because it’s good and different – promise)

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  • Camille (Raw Candy)

    Callie, your photography and creativity always blow me away. This sounds great! I love eating kale with cukes, nutritional yeast and pumpkin seeds, but never would have thought to try it with red wine. Yummy!!

  • Lauren

    Kale salad with anything in it is delicious! I am obsessed!!!

    • Callie England

      haha, good call – I could probably eat it with a side of dirt and be satisfied!

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  • Michal

    This looks so yummy, kale and cucumbers are two of my most favorite things :)

  • Maria (Tough Cookie)

    Hi! Can we use this recipe on and link back to your blog? You can e-mail me at Thanks!

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