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Grilled Pineapple Kale Salad

Beach Dreaming Grilled Pineapple Kale Salad

Crunchy kale and crisp red cabbage with sweet, grilled pineapple tossed in a zesty orange ginger dressing.
Course Salads
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled pineapple, kale salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 servings
Calories 498kcal
Author Lauren


Grilled Pineapple Kale Salad

  • 1 head curly kale about 4 cups, chopped fine
  • 2 cup shaved red cabbage
  • 1 ½ cups grilled pineapple about ½ pineapple, cored
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds

Orange Ginger Dressing

  • ½ cup orange juice fresh squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or preferred sugar substitute


Grilled Pineapple Kale Salad

  • Grilling the pineapple¹:  using either an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan, sear the pineapple on each side just long enough for grill marks to appear and slightly caramelize the pineapple.
  • In a large bowl, combine the kale and red cabbage.  Toss with the dressing until fully coated.
  • Add in the black sesame seeds and grilled pineapple.  Lightly mix, but not so much all the pineapple falls to the bottom.
  • Sprinkle with slivered almonds over the top and serve.

Orange Ginger Dressing

  • In bowl or small container, combine all ingredients.
  • Whisk together vigorously OR use a hand blender and pulse 10 to 15 times until emulsified.²


¹I purchased the ready to go rings of fresh pineapple that are already sliced, peeled and cored in the produce department.  Because it wasn't quite grilling weather, I heated up my cast iron grill pan on the stove and seared the pineapple on each side.
²Emulsified is just a fancy way to say that the oil is incorporated with the rest of the ingredients so it doesn't separate.


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 884mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 7683IU | Vitamin C: 219mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 3mg