Kale and Bacon Salad with Molasses Vinaigrette

It all started with this tweet:

I hadn't thought about putting molasses and bacon together until I saw Crosby's tweet. Once I wrote them a quick reply with my initial ideas, I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon.

The secret to a great kale salad is a little extra time and a little extra love. Or, to put it simply, massage the dressing into the kale about 30 minutes before assembling the rest of the salad. It gives the kale a chance to soften up, and makes for a great salad!

This salad was UNREAL. We had it with teriyaki salmon, and Josh acted like he died and went to heaven. You've go to try it!

1 Tblsp olive oil
1 Tblsp lemon juice
1 Tblsp white wine vinegar (or an additional Tblsp lemon juice if you don't have this)
1 Tblsp molasses (Crosby's, of course!)
10-12 ribsof kale, leaves removed and torn into bite-sized pieces
4 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
1/4 C walnuts
4-5 mini peppers (or about 1/2 of a regular pepper), thinly sliced
Generous pinch of coarse salt (optional)

Place olive oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and molasses in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Remove kale leaves from rib, and tear into bite-sized pieces. Place on top of dressing in bowl. With your hands, massage the dressing into the kale. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for for 20-30 minutes. Add bacon, walnuts, and peppers. Sprinkle with coarse salt and toss to combine. 

 I admit that the photos above were staged. We took this meal on a picnic for our anniversary last night, so I actually enjoyed eating this kale salad as pictured below. Can't beat it!

*This is not a sponsored post. I just love molasses!*


  1. Jane, I love kale salad and this looks amazing! I can't wait to try it.

    1. Let me know how you like it! We loved it. I mixed the kale with the dressing again last night and had it on a sandwich with grilled chicken. It was such a great meal with so little effort!

  2. Love that you have shared a salad idea. I have a thing for a good salad. I’ll be trying this soon-thanks!