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Kale Salad with Pan-Seared Salmon and Creamy Avocado Dressing

Kale Salad with Pan-Seared Salmon and Creamy Avocado Dressing

This Kale Salad with Pan-Seared Salmon and Creamy Avocado Dressing is a nutritional powerhouse with kale, a flavorful homemade salad dressing and the easiest pan-seared salmon. Even if you think you don’t like kale, this salad is for you!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • 1 bunch curly kale, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp adobo seasoning or sub for your favorite salmon seasoning (garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, etc.)

For the Creamy Avocado Dressing:

  • 1 seeded jalapeño if wanting less spice, start with 1/2 small seeded jalapeño
  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil


  • Chop the jalapeño into a few large chunks and add it to the food processor. If more heat is desired, keep some of the jalapeño seeds with the pepper.
  • Add the rest of the dressing ingredients to the food processor: 2 large garlic cloves, 1 large avocado, juice of 1 lemon and a pinch of salt.
  • Turn the food processor on and drizzle in ¼-½ cup olive oil or until your dressing reaches desired consistency.
  • Add your de-stemmed and chopped kale to a salad bowl and pour the Creamy Avocado Dressing over the kale.
  • Massage the dressing into the kale using your hands or tongs until well combined and the kale has softened. Set aside in the fridge while you prep the salmon.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pat the salmon fillets dry with a paper towel.
  • Season the salmon fillets with adobo seasoning or seasonings of your choice: garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, etc.
  • Add a couple tablespoons of cooking oil to the skillet and allow to heat for another 30 seconds.
  • Place the salmon fillet skin side up in the skillet and sear until the salmon has cooked halfway up the fillet, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Flip the salmon fillet and continue to sear for another 2-3 minutes or until the salmon is flaky and cooked through. Searing time will depend on thickness of the salmon.