Baby Kale Salad with Feta and Edamame

Looking for healthy salad recipes? Baby Kale Salad with Feta and Edamame is just what you need.  Baby kale and romaine lettuce are tossed with crumbled feta, edamame, and dried cranberries then dressed with a zesty vinaigrette and served up quick as a wink. A gourmet masterpiece that’s easy and effortless to create.

Baby Kale Salad with Feta and Edamame Recipe 

Dressed kale salad in a white serving bowl.

Howdy! Chef Alli Here. Let’s Get You Cookin’…. Shall We?? 🙂

My family isn’t nearly as crazy for salads as I am, that’s for sure.  But that’s ok since myy guys way are more meat-and-potatoes than I am – I guess it evens out in the long run.

If you follow my blog, you can see that I’ve got quite a few salad recipes here.  I’m excited for homegrown tomatoes to be in season soon so I can make Peach and Tomato Salad with Bacon and Goat Cheese – sounds like a kinda weird combination, but it is positively delicious when fresh peaches and tomatoes are plentiful.

If you’re a corn salad fan, I hope you’ll try Crunchy Corn Salad with Corn Chip Topping and Fresh Summer Corn Salad with a mayo dressing. They are both really refreshing chilled salads for summertime.

I can’t forget to mention Grandma Lucille’s Warm German Potato Salad – I love the tangy dressing with the creamy potatoes and crunchy bacon.  Such a good combination of flavors and textures! I like making this salad in my cast iron skillet.

Oh, and I better tell you about my husband’s favorite salad – we call it the family reunion salad since he always requests this salad when we go: Delta Cornbread Salad.  This salad is stacked, layer by layer, into a glass trifle dish and looks so pretty!

What to love about this easy salad recipe – 

  1.  Just that! It’s super easy and super fast.
  2. It looks magnificent yet takes just minutes and a few ingredients.
  3. This salad is nutrient dense with great flavors.

Here are the ingredients you need to make this recipe 

Salad Ingredients 

  • Baby kale (not to be mistaken for kale greens or mature kale)
  • Romain lettuce
  • Feta cheese
  • Shelled edamame (baby soybeans)
  • Sliced almonds
  • Dried cranberries

Vinaigrette Ingredients 

  • Orange marmalade or apple jelly
  • Olive oil
  • White wine vinegar
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vinaigrette-dressed Baby Kale Salad with feta crumbles.

What you’ll learn from this recipe – 

  • How baby kale and kale greens are very different and why
  • What to do if you purchased kale greens for this salad instead of baby kale
  • All about edamame
  • Cheeses that could be substituted for the feta cheese used in this recipe

Answers to Common Questions Asked About This Recipe

What is the difference between baby kale and kale greens?

Baby kale is very young and tender.  Kale greens have been grown to full maturity and are very tough and chewy, yet full of lots of nutrients. There is a huge difference in texture! Be warned.

If I mistakenly purchased kale greens instead of baby kale for this recipe, what should I do? 

First off, destem each leaf of kale to remove the fibrous center; chop the kale greens into very thin strips. Secondly, toss the sliced kale greens really well with the dressing (before adding any other ingredients at all).

Now, and most importantly, and let the dressed kale rest for 15 minutes, then proceed with the recipe.

**Letting the dressed kale sit for a while allows it to absorb the dressing, making the kale much easier (and more pleasant!) to chew.  This step really makes a difference.

How do I destem mature kale? 

Using your non-dominant hand, firmly hold the stem end.

Using your dominant hand, gather the leaves between your thumb and forefinger; pull back and away along the stem in one motion, apply pressure on both sides of the stem as you strip the leaves away.

Lastly, toss the stems; tear, chop, or slice the kale greens and proceed with your recipe.

If I can’t find baby kale, can I use other types of mixed greens to make this recipe?

Totally! Yes, If you don’t care for kale, use your favorite greens – baby spinach, romaine, arugula, Spring mix – any mixture of greens is delicious.

Would goat cheese in place of the feta crumbles be good in this recipe?

Yes, and I do it all the time.  Sometimes I like a goat cheese crumble that is more mild than tangy like feta. You could also substitute queso fresco cheese (also called queso blanco cheese) for the feta, as well.

What is edamame? I’m not really familiar with it. 

Edamame are baby soy beans that are harvested before they can fully ripen.  Edamame are available shelled or still in the pod.  Larger grocery stores will have them available as fresh produce, or you can always find them in the vegetable section of the freezer case, too.

If you purchase edamame in the pods, you will either want to remove the beans from inside the pods since you cannot (enjoyably) chew the pods at all.

Some people like to salt the edamame pods then steam them in the microwave with the beans inside. To remove the beans, use your fingers to insert the pod (let them cool a bit first) into your mouth, then pull the pod forward, through your front teeth as you kind of “suck” the beans out of the pod to enjoy them. I know, sounds weird, but they are pretty delicious eaten like that.

Why don’t I need to cook the edamame?

Shelled edamame are delicious as is. They have just a bit of bite in texture and are a great addition to a mixed greens to give some body to your salad.

Baby Kale Salad topped with goat cheese, cranberries, and edamame.

More Favorite Recipes to Enjoy – 

Printable Baby Kale Salad with Feta and Edamame 

Baby Kale Salad with Feta and Edamame

Looking for healthy salad recipes? Baby Kale Salad with Feta and Edamame is just what you need.  Baby kale, crumbled feta, edamame, and dried cranberries are dressed with a zesty vinaigrette and served up quick as a wink. A gourmet masterpiece that's easy and effortless to create. 
Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 365kcal

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, torn
  • 5 oz. container baby kale, may substitute mixed greens or baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup shelled frozen edamame, thawed, no need to cook
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta

Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs spicy brown mustard
  • 3 Tbs orange marmalade
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prepare the Vinaigrette

  • In a glass jar with a tight fitting lid or a dressing cruet, add the vinaigrette ingredients; shake until emulsified and well combined.

Prepare the Salad

  • In a large serving bowl, gently toss the romaine with the leaves of baby kale leaves until well combined.
  • Drizzle the desired amount of the prepared vinaigrette over the mixed greens; toss gently. Top with greens with feta crumbles, dried cranberries, and shelled edamame.
    Serve at once.
Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy salads, kale salad, lettuce salads, mixed greens salad, spinach salad, summer, vinaigrette

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 9418IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 3mg

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