Enjoy Chicken Kale Salad Recipe, with roasted butternut squash, sliced grapes, and fresh chopped parsley! Top with red onion and drizzle with Green Goddess Dressing and serve! This kale salad is delicious for lunch or dinner, a healthy meal with shredded chicken, served with a side of hot crunchy bread. You may also enjoy Marinated Kale Salad, a massaged kale salad for a side dish!

Chicken Kale Salad Recipe

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Friends, for lunch today, we have extra rotisserie chicken and fresh grapes in the fridge, so we’re making this Chicken Kale Salad Recipe, topped with our favorite Green Goddess Dressing. Have you tried Trader Joe’s brand of Green Goddess Dressing in their refrigerated section? OH MY. So fresh, our new favorite.

Here’s another massaged kale salad that you might like for lunch, just in time for strawberry season: Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon recipe. YUM. Or, if you love soup, this “any time of year” Sausage Kale Comfort Soup Recipe is great, too!

Years ago, we grew so much kale in our garden, the entire city could have been fed. It’s actually a joke in our family now, when we reminisce about our gardening days, and all the kale chips we devoured.

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Enjoying this Chicken Kale Salad Recipe this past week reminded me of that time!

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Paul spent long summer days out in the garden. You can take a peek here for what our yard looked like.

Spring garden update

How to grow lettuce

Raised beds garden planting

Walking through the trellis of roses, and past our outdoor dining table, were then 12 garden beds.

My favorite was planning the beds, planting, and then of course the harvest. Toward the end of summer I wasn’t as enthused, because that’s when most of the preserving happens (a lot of work!)

One thing I loved about our garden years was what my husband taught me, of the value of food that emerged like a miracle from the soil.

Gardening also taught our kids a lot about life–the beauty of nature, patience, mistakes in between, like bugs, and not enough water, or waiting too long to harvest. They also helped me can, which was a big time commitment.

How to massage kale

For a few minutes, with your hands, start to tear the leaves apart and begin massaging the kale (similar to kneading bread dough). Continue this process for about 2-5 minutes or until the leaves are softened. The leaves will turn a bright green color.

Chicken Kale Salad

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Two steps first, while you’re massaging the kale and getting it soft, start the roasting process with the butternut squash. Then chop the chicken and set aside (we use easy rotisserie chicken).

Mix everything together and drizzle with a delicious dressing and fresh chopped parsley!

We love Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Dressing, but you can always make your own!

If you have a garden, I’d love to hear your go-to salad that you enjoy making??


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Chicken Kale Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 -6
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  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1/4 c avocado oil
  • 1 c cubed, baked (or roasted) butternut squash
  • 1 c grapes, sliced into halves
  • 1/4 c red onion coarsely chopped
  • 1 c shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 c chopped parsley
  • Green Goddess Dressing, Bought from Trader Joe's
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Remove stems from kale by pulling from the bottom of stem to top of the leaf. Once all stems are removed, chop kale into smaller pieces. Place in large salad bowl and drizzle oil on top.
  • Massage oil and kale together with hands to make leaves tender. Add salt and a few cracks of pepper.
  • Sprinkle parsley, chicken, squash, grapes, and red onion evenly on top. Finally, drizzle with salad dressing and toss.
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