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cherry kale panzanella #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Cherry Kale Panzanella is a light but hearty dinner salad packed full of kale, cherries, peaches and crusty skillet croutons. The whole family will love it!Cherry Kale Panzanella Salad by Jelly Toast

It’s hard to believe that the end of July is upon us and that the new school year is right around the corner. Where has the summer gone?! When it comes to summer vacation, and really anytime throughout the year, my husband and I truly try to make the most of the time that we have together, especially because we realize how fast this time can seem to fly by. We seek out activities that we all can be a part of and that get us moving.  Camping, hiking, golfing and evening walks after dinner help us avoid the pitfalls of summertime boredom – which can be SO easy to fall into, believe me.

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One of our favorite summer activities is to put the bike rack on the van, pack a picnic in my bike basket (yes, I totally have a bike basket and LOVE it) and head to the park. The wide, long trails at the park make for a great afternoon riding, not to mention some good practice gearing up for taking the training wheels off the kiddos’ bikes. We ride and look at the trees and plants and just enjoy being together. That sounds incredibly corny, but it’s true. After the bike ride, we spread out a blanket and dig into some awesome picnic fare which usually consists of fruit, salads and sandwiches. Not to mention several huge bottles of ice water. Those kids can seriously sweat, let me tell you.

Cherry Kale Panzanella Salad by Jelly Toast

On our most recent bike/picnic expedition I whipped up this simple but incredibly flavorful and nutrition packed Cherry Kale Panzanella salad. Like it or not, kale is here to stay and it’s an undeniable choice when it comes to healthy living. It’s packed full of vitamins K, A and C as well as beta-carotene. I could go on and on, but in the end it’s true what they say, kale is a superfood.

Now, it’s also true that kale can be a little hard to take. It’s bitter and tough and not the most glamorous of vegetables. This Cherry Kale Panzanella takes care of all of that. The first step is to dress the kale with the dressing so that it has time to tenderize and lose much of it’s bitterness. The salad is then packed full of fresh, in season stone fruit like cherries and peaches. I love using in season produce because it’s much fresher and typically a lot less expensive than buying vegetables and fruits that are out of season. It’s really a win-win situation.

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To add a some heartiness to the salad I threw in some wheat berries, which also provide a great source fiber and protein.  Big, quick skillet croutons get tossed into the salad for some seriously satisfying crunch.

This salad has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s easy, but full of great nutrient packed ingredients that stick with you. Because the kale just continues to get better as it marinates in the dressing, it made for a perfect picnic salad to take along with us on our biking picnic.

Cherry Kale Panzanella Salad by Jelly Toast

I’ve been invited by American Family Insurance to share this great, healthy family recipe with you. Summer is all about getting outside and being active, especially together as a family.

Cherry Kale Panzanella Salad Recipe

Yield: 4 servings


1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons apricot jelly or orange marmalade
1 Tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch of kale, finely chopped
2 cups cherries, pitted and halved
2 small peaches, sliced
4 large radishes, cut into matchsticks
4 cups cubed bread (I used 1/2 French baguette)
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup wheat berries, cooked


Place olive oil, vinegar, jelly, honey, mustard and salt and pepper in a blender. Blend until smooth. Put kale, cherries, peaches and radishes in a large bowl. Drizzle with half of the dressing and toss to coat. Allow kale and fruit to marinate in the dressing while you make the croutons.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add remaining 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add bread cubes and toss to coat in the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally until all of the bread is crunchy and toasted. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Add croutons and wheat berries to salad and toss to incorporate into the salad.

Serve and Enjoy!

July 27th, 2014

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40 comments on “cherry kale panzanella #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams”

  1. What a gorgeous salad! And looks mighty tasty with those cherries and peaches. Yum!

  2. What a delicious, in-season salad! Absolutely mouthwatering pictures to! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

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  10. This is such a gorgeous salad, I could eat it every day! I love cherries and peaches, especially this time of year. I have got to try this!

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  12. Oh, my gosh, does your salad look amazing!!! The cherries have been incredible this summer and I need add them to my next salad. On second thought, I need to just make YOUR salad!!!

  13. What a beautiful/delicious salad this is! I LOVE different kinds of salads! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I must be a weirdo because I love my kale raw. I actually prefer it over cooked. Such a gorgeous salad and I really think this will happen in my house soon. Your summers sound so fun and memories your kids will cherish.

  15. One word -> perfection; I love everything about this amazing salad. Yum!

  16. I love salads with fruit, and cherries and peaches are a couple of my favorites!

  17. What a gorgeous salad. Your photos are absolutely stunning. I love that you have a basket on your bike. I’m totally jealous.

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  20. Absolutely stunning photos!!

  21. This is such a beautiful salad, it makes me want to try kale again!

  22. This combines all of my favorite foods into a tasty, healthy salad. It’s just beautiful!

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  24. We love walks after dinner, too 🙂 And I’m LOVING salads lately, we’ve been eating a ton of them! This one is perfect –I actually love kale in my salads!

  25. This looks chock full of healthy goodness! LOVE IT and pinned it!

  26. Emily, these photos are GOR-GE-OUS! Love them! I’m so glad you guys have been making the most of this summer. Haven’t we had some lovely days this year? It’s unseasonably pleasant to be outside, which I am most definitely not complaining about!

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  28. There are few things in life as rewarding as homemade croutons. Or I guess I should say, so rewarding for so little actual work. Love the croutons, love the rest of the ingredients, love the photos. All simply beautiful!

  29. Great combination – I bet the cherry really compliments the kale.

    PS, I have wicker bike basket on my Orange Townie Bike….it’s Palm Springs, got to get into the Mid-Century Modern Vibe a bit down here.

  30. Gorgeous salad, I need to make this for my family soon!

  31. Emily, this is a seriously gorgeous salad. What a beautiful summer panzanella!

  32. What a perfect panzanella! Pinned.

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