Balsamic Date Kale Salad with Fried Halloumi 

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Balsamic date kale salad with fried halloumi! A delicious sweet and savory kale salad made in partnership with Natural Delights Medjool Dates

kale salad

Balsamic Date Kale Salad 

Kale salads are one of my favorite salads to make during the fall. They add a rich and flavorful base to any dressing, and can be topped with endless toppings.

The sweet and savory kale salad is made with a creamy balsamic date vinaigrette, then topped with fried halloumi, slivered almonds, and Natural Delights Pitted Organic medjool dates for the ultimate sweetness.

kale salad

Natural Delights Medjool Dates 

Natural Delights® medjool dates are one of my pantry must-haves. They’re a great source of carbs, fiber and potassium, and an ideal snack whenever you need a long-lasting energy boost. I love stuffing them with nut butter or cheese, but they also make the best salad toppers or natural sweeteners.

Natural Delights® continues to invest in sustainable initiatives to reduce environmental impact across all areas of their business, and remains the nation’s #1 medjool date brand.

They repurpose all of their tree trimmings back into the ground as water saving mulch, and create their plastic packaging from 100% post-consumer recycled materials.

Last week, I was lucky enough to join the Natural Delights team in Yuma, Arizona where we got to meet with some of the date growers and pick all of the ripened dates off of the trees. Their dedication to sorting through only the best product is another reason why I’m such a huge fan.

The Natural Delights Pitted Organic medjool dates were the perfect addition to this kale salad. They add a natural sweetness to the dressing and salad itself, and truly bring all of the flavors together. 

What you’ll need to make Balsamic Date Kale Salad:

  • Kale- I prefer using tuscan kale for this recipe, and try to purchase pre-chopped to save some time
  • Halloumi- the fried halloumi adds a delicious savory touch to this salad. If you have a hard time finding halloumi, you can swap crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • Natural Delights medjool dates- you’ll need some for the dressing, and some to add to the salad
  • Roasted almonds- you can buy slivered almonds, or chop up your favorite roasted almonds using a knife
  • Balsamic date vinaigrette- made with balsamic vinegar, medjool dates, olive oil, garlic, dijon mustard, salt & pepper

This kale salad is so simple to make and has the best combination of flavors. I can’t wait for you guys to try it! 

This post was sponsored by Natural Delights, but all opinions are my own. I only work with brands I truly love and believe in.

Balsamic Date Kale Salad with Fried Halloumi 

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Course: Gluten-Free, Salads
Servings

4-6

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

NOTES:
-If halloumi is hard to find, you can substitute a block of feta or goat cheese. Crumble it fresh over the salad
-The grilled halloumi is best when fresh, so I suggest pan-frying it and adding it to the salad when ready to serve

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Tuscan Kale, trimmed and chopped

  • 8 oz halloumi, or substitute feta cheese

  • 4 Natural Delights Pitted
    Organic medjool dates, chopped

  • ½ cup toasted, slivered almonds

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • Balsamic Date Dressing
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • ⅓ cup olive oil

  • 2 Natural Delights Pitted
    Organic medjool dates

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 2 tbsp water

  • Salt & pepper

Directions

  • Prepare the balsamic date dressing by adding all of the ingredients into a blender and blending until smooth. Add salt & pepper to your liking
  • Add the chopped kale to a large salad bowl and pour the dressing over the top. Massage the dressing into the kale, using your hands or tongs, for at least 1 minute to soften the kale. Let it sit while you prepare the halloumi
  • Cut the halloumi into 1” pieces. Heat a large skillet with olive oil on medium heat. Once hot, add the halloumi pieces and cook for about 30-40 seconds per side until browned.
  • Add the halloumi to the salad and top with the slivered almonds and chopped dates
  • Toss everything together and enjoy!

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