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crispy kale and steak salad with a pale ale dijon dressing

Healthy, hardy, rustic, and delicious. This salad will stand up to any macho palate or post-evening workout hunger.

I combined the crispy kale, the king of all leafy greens, with seared pieces of a leftover ribeye, the king of red meats, and topped it with a tangy Dijon/Indian Pale Ale dressing, the king of beers.

Kale is one of the most misunderstood vegetables. It also happens to be one of my favorites. No other leafy green has more Vitamin A, Vitamin C, or Potassium. Don’t be fooled by its lettuce-like look, it is hardy and filling. For this salad, I decided to use Dinosaur Kale. Although I favor Curly Kale for raw dishes, I find Dinosaur Kale easier to cook with.

The best part of this meal? The leftover beer makes for the perfect pairing.


crispy kale and steak salad with a pale ale dijon dressing

serves 1 (multiply for more servings)


crispy kale and steak salad

2 cups dinosaur kale (may sub with curly kale)

1 6 oz steak cut into strips

1 t chopped purple onion

1 t extra virgin olive oil

pinch of sea salt

pale ale dijon dressing

1 T Dijon mustard

¼ cup Indian Pale Ale or other beer (I used Lagunitas but you may use any you like)

1 T lemon juice

1 T cracked black pepper


Preheat oven to 500 degrees – or set to Broil.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Remove the stem from the leaves of the kale. Chop the leaves into approximately 2” pieces.

Toss the kale with the olive oil and salt. Place on baking sheet.

Broil for approximately 2.5 minutes – or until crispy but NOT burnt. Watch it carefully, they can burn quickly.

Heat a medium skillet and add the steak. Cook until slightly crispy and then take off the heat.

In a bowl, combine the Dijon Mustard, beer, lemon juice, and pepper.

Toss the crispy kale, seared beef, purple onions, and dressing together.


Time: 10 minutes

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. My husband and I LOVE Kale! I can’t wait to try this one! Thanks!

    December 14, 2011
  2. This looks incredibly balanced and yummy!! Thnx!

    January 4, 2012
  3. Yum!!! Thanks, my son just cooked this for us and it was awesome!

    January 5, 2012
  4. Terry #

    Beer is not allowed on paleo diets!

    June 20, 2013
    • Thanks for your comment, Terry. True, if you’re doing a strict paleo challenge of sort, beer is typically not allowed. I, however, subscribe to a sustainable 80% paleo/20% non-paleo lifestyle where I do enjoy beer and a few other non-paleo friendly foods.

      June 26, 2013

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