Spicy Pineapple Kale Salad

September  8, 2013
2 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

Lacinato kale holds up beautifully in this sweet and spicy dish. Check out these numbers: 250% DV Vit A, 397% DV Vit C, and 690% DV Vit K. All for a measly 182 calories - now that’s a bargain! For more whole food, plant-based recipes, visit —Living Plate

What You'll Need
  • 1 small head lacinato kale, Washed, spines removed, and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced [remove seeds for less heat]
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 small orange, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil [optional]
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Prepare kale and place in a medium bowl. Massage kale, squeezing in the palm of your hands, until it wilts – about 2 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine pineapple, cilantro, onion, red pepper, jalapeño, lime and orange juices, and cumin powder. Stir well and let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Toss pineapple mixture with kale.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil [if desired] and sprinkle with hemp seeds just before serving.
  5. Note: Pineapple mixture can be made ahead. Toss with kale before serving.
  6. Nutrition facts [] per serving [without oil]: Calories, 182: Fat, 4g; Carbohydrate, 34g; Fiber, 6g; Protein, 6g; Vit A, 250% DV; Vit C 397% DV; Calcium, 13%; Iron, 16%; Vit K 690% DV
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4 Reviews

Theresa W. June 26, 2021
This was amazingly good! I used sweet onion instead of red and some baby curly kale from my garden. Also I used a small hot chili from my garden instead of jalepeno. The enzymes naturally present in the pineapple make the kale so tender and the spicy with sweet flavor profile overall is a winning combo! Its better with the optional olive oil imho. Even more delicious the next day, this salad is addictive and I will make it often!!
kcvegan1 January 3, 2020
I really enjoyed this! Next time I might cut a little bit back on the jalapeno peppers. Did not have quite enough pineapple so I added chopped mango which was perfect. I will o I didn't have the hemp seeds so I substituted those with flax seed and it turned out wonderful. Thank you I will make this again
Rae C. February 23, 2019
I went to a party with a pineapple theme - otherwise I would not have looked for this recipe. But I’m so glad I did! It is addictively delicious!
liliana August 1, 2016
I added: 2 cloves garlic, chopped very fine and 1 tbsp grated ginger
Also increased oil to 1/4 cup (In my case hazelnut oil) as oil is essential for absorbing minerals and vitamins from greens.
Increased red onion to 1/2 to 3/4 cups or substituted 1 cup or more chopped chives from the garden. A combination is best.
Am thinking of adding some turmeric next time.
This salad is to die for.
Never would have thought of combining kale and pineapple.