Kale Salad with Bacon, Walnuts, and Avocado

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Kale Salad with BACON, Walnuts and Avocados

I just love this kale salad recipe with bacon, walnuts and avocado. Well, I love kale salad in general.

Especially if the kale is massaged. When you use a little olive oil to get off the white, bitter, filmy stuff, it makes the kale so much more pleasant to eat. It makes the kale taste like strong lettuce with a little bite.

Then you can add some different things to give it some flavor. Then…BAM! You got yourself an amazing salad.


Kale Salad with BACON, Walnuts and Avocados

Now, when I try to think of things that are good for flavor for a kale salad, I like to meet a few certain criteria. When I meet these criteria, it almost always works perfectly.

Would you like to know my criteria? Of course you would. Well, here they are.

Kale Salad with BACON, Walnuts and Avocados


Criteria for an amazing kale salad –

  1. Something a tad salty and substantial.
  2. Something with a crunch.
  3. Something a tad sweet.
  4. Something smooth.

And here is how I met the criteria in this kale salad.

  1. Bacon. Cheese usually works well, but in this instance, it is the bacon. And I chose bacon because…it’s BACON. (Plus, it makes the salad dairy free.)
  2. Walnuts. I usually like a nut or a seed for the crunch. So, walnuts it is.
  3. Pomegranate seeds. I just love, love, love pomegranates. I have since I was little. Those seeds are so cute and red. When you eat them they squirt a little sweet goodness in your mouth. I don’t know if I am happy or sad that I have passed my love of pomegranates on to my two boys. I never get any anymore. Seriously?!
  4. Avocados. If I am using cheese for #1, then it also satisfies this criteria. But if not, I need to fill the void. In this case, avocado worked great. It also goes so nicely with bacon. And it keeps in the dairy free zone. Yay!

Kale Salad with BACON, Walnuts and Avocados

And, of course, there is all of the health benefits you get from eating kale. Fiber, vitamins, etc.

I don’t know about your area, because we are pretty lucky here, but kale is coming back to our farmers’ market. It’s just so big and fluffy looking. Can’t resist it.

And this kale salad recipe with bacon, walnuts and avocado is a perfect way to eat it. Yum!

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Kale Salad with BACON, Walnuts and Avocados

Kale Salad Recipe with Bacon, Walnuts, and Avocado (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

  • Author: Tia
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 bunch Kale (curly)
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup Bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • 1 cup Walnuts (broken into pieces)
  • 1 Avocado (chopped)
  • 1 Pomegranate (deseeded)


  1. Wash and dry the kale.
  2. Tear kale into bite size pieces, removing the stems completely. Place in large bowl.
  3. Sprinkle olive oil over the top.
  4. Juice the lemon and sprinkle over the top.
  5. Massage the oil and juice into the kale. (The goal is to not have any of the white cloudy film left on the kale. You want every piece nice and shiny. Just like the picture above.)
  6. Grind a bit of salt and pepper on top. Mix up the kale.
  7. Sprinkle the bacon, walnuts, avocado and pomegranate seeds on top.
  8. Add your salad tongs and serve.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins


  1. Joy | The Joyful Foodie

    I use those guides for every salad I make. They really do help make a salad great every time. That said, this salad sounds so good! I love every one of the ingredients, so combining them all sounds pretty perfect. Pinning!

    (PS. Stopping by from Gluten Free Fridays)

    • Tia

      Hi Joy,

      It’s kind of funny how well the guidelines work. Thank you for your comment. BTW, love, love, love your site. You are a great photographer.


  2. vegetarianmamma (Cindy)

    Thanks for sharing, this looks really good! Pinned and tweeted!


  3. Greymaks

    I love bacon and kale together. My favorite is making kale chips with bacon bits. It s out of this world, amazing so I could imagine your salad being just as good!

  4. Royvia

    Great post.


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