lemony tuscan kale with cashew turmeric crumble and grilled chicken
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Tuscan Kale Salad with Grilled Chicken

This fresh, simple kale salad is pure gold. Tuscan (Lacinato) kale ribbons get coated with a bright lemon dressing & doused with turmeric-spiced cashews. Gluten free, paleo (AIP), dairy free, vegan optional.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cashew, chicken, dairy free, gluten free, grilled, kale, paleo, salad, turmeric, vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Chef Sara Furcini


  • 1 recipe essential lemon garlic sauce
  • 2 bunches organic Lacinato (Tuscan) kale
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • olive oil as needed
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika optional


  • Make the lemon garlic dressing in the blender (recipe linked above). Wash and dry the kale and remove the stems. Stack the leaves and fold in half lengthwise. Press down and cut into thin strips (about 1/4" wide). Toss into a bowl with the dressing and set aside.
  • Preheat the grill or a skillet over medium heat. Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towel and pound lightly on both sides to tenderize with a meat mallet. Season front to back with salt and pepper and coat with olive oil. Lay the chicken breast directly on the grill. Cook without moving for 5-7 minutes, flip over and cook for 5-7 minutes or until cooked to 165°F. Remove and rest for 3 minutes before slicing.
  • Grind the cashews in a mortar and pestle or finely chop into a coarse crumble. Toast in a medium skillet over medium heat until aromatic, about 2-3 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil, turmeric and smoked paprika and stir in a pinch of salt. Remove from heat.
  • Swirl the kale to really coat it generously with the lemon dressing that sunk to the bottom. Serve with sliced chicken and a sprinkle of toasted cashews.


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 1565mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13616IU | Vitamin C: 165mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 4mg