kale salad with grilled lemon chicken, asparagus, farro & goat cheese

a kale salad perfect for the spring!  kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper.  tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette.  tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette, this kale salad will keep you coming back for more!  perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls’ night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week’s worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office!this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |

soooooo…i kinda have a confession to make.

i’ve eaten this kale salad with grilled lemon chicken, asparagus & goat cheese for lunch EVERY SINGLE DAY for the last MONTH. 

i know those of you who hate eating the same thing over & over again are seriously grossed out by this right now, but this salad is seriously THAT good. this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |

it all started when i accidentally got way too excited about seeing the season’s first asparagus at the store on sale.  it was standing there, proudly, in all of its lime green splendor & i just couldn’t help myself!  i may or may not have put three bunches into our basket. this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |

chris gave me a major eyebrow raise but he has learned not to question me when i put things in the basket, ha! #marriagewin

it didn’t really occur to me that 3 bunches of asparagus is kind of an insane amount of asparagus for our family of 2 until we got home & i had to make room for it all in my crisper (not until after i posted about it on my instagram stories, though…obv).

i knew i wanted to grill the asparagus & throw it in a salad to take to work throughout the week, & the rest of it just kind of fell into place.  kale, for its superfood benefits (plus it keeps me full longer at work).  grilled chicken that has been marinated in lemony thyme fabulousness (because thyme + lemon + asparagus = heaven).  hearty, comforting farro, because duh.  goat cheese, because it’s my #1 bae.  & diced roasted red pepper for its pretty color. this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |

i also made a quick lemon thyme vinaigrette.  i love to make my own vinaigrettes!  it’s so easy to throw together a homemade vinaigrette in less than 5 minutes, & i love having control over the ingredients that go in.  i find store vinaigrettes, in general, to be a little sweet.  it also definitely doesn’t hurt our grocery budget to save $3-4 here & there…because who wants to buy salad dressing when you could buy a bottle of wine instead? #amirite???this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |

if you don’t want to make your own vinaigrette, or you’re just pressed for time, feel free to use your favorite vinaigrette.  any citrusy or lemony vinaigrette would be great, given the grilled chicken marinade has lemon, but i think an aged balsamic would be pretty awesome too. 

this kale salad with grilled lemon chicken, asparagus & goat cheese ends up being so pretty & so flavorful!  the deep earthy flavors of the kale & asparagus are brought to life by the bright lemon in the chicken & the vinaigrette.  balanced by the rich tang of creamy goat cheese & the natural sweetness of roasted red peppers, omg every bite is full of amazing flavor!this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |

this salad is literally the perfect springtime salad to feed to your girlfriends for a casual weeknight girls date.  it’s light, nutritious, beyond easy to throw together, & SO delicious.  i’m thinking girlfriends + patio + bruschetta + salad + wine.  does it get any better than that??  i suggest pairing this salad with a nice dry white or your favorite dry rose.  they’d both complement the lightness of the salad nicely, while also balancing out the richness of the goat cheese.    this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |

i’m kind of having a moment just thinking about it. 

you can also take a page out of my meal prep book & make these salads ahead of time for a week’s worth of delicious lunches.  i grill up a big batch of chicken & asparagus over the weekend, & chop it up along with the red pepper & kale.  store in separate containers & assemble your salads as you need them!  it doesn’t get easier than that. 

springtime kale salad with grilled lemon chicken, asparagus & goat cheese.  just do it!this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |

so…i’d love to hear about your favorite spring produce & they ways you’re obsessed with using it up!!  do you have go-to lunches?  let me know in the comments below, i’d obviously LOVE to chat!! xx

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kale salad with grilled lemon chicken, asparagus, farro & goat cheese
Serves 4
a kale salad perfect for spring! hearty kale paired with grilled asparagus, grilled lemon chicken, nutty farro, creamy goat cheese & roasted red pepper. this salad is perfect for a springtime girls' night with a bottle of rosé or to prep on sunday for a week's worth of healthy lunches on the go!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
1137 calories
47 g
174 g
76 g
72 g
17 g
539 g
1273 g
9 g
0 g
55 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
539g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1137
Calories from Fat 674
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 76g
117%
Saturated Fat 17g
85%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 47g
Cholesterol 174mg
58%
Sodium 1273mg
53%
Total Carbohydrates 47g
16%
Dietary Fiber 10g
39%
Sugars 9g
Protein 72g
Vitamin A
35%
Vitamin C
113%
Calcium
37%
Iron
45%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  2. 2 lemons, zested, juiced & sliced
  3. 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  4. 2 sprigs fresh sage
  5. 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  6. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 4 T olive oil, separated
  8. 1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed
  9. 2 bunches lacinato kale, thinly sliced
  10. 1 C farro, cooked according to package directions (quick cook is fine!)
  11. one 12-oz jar roasted red pepper, drained & thinly sliced
  12. 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
for the lemon thyme vinaigrette
  1. 1 C extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 lemon, zested & juiced
  3. 2 T fresh thyme leaves (about 10 sprigs)
  4. 1 T honey
  5. 2 cloves of garlic
  6. 1/2 tsp salt + more salt & pepper to taste
marinate the chicken
  1. combine the chicken breast, lemon juice, lemon zest, spent sliced lemons, rosemary, sage, thyme, & garlic in a ziplock bag with 2 T olive oil. Seal the bag, pressing out any air, & shake so the chicken has good contact with all of the other contents of the bag. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
grill the chicken & asparagus
  1. preheat the grill on high heat.
  2. while grill is preheating, drizzle remaining 2 T olive oil over the asparagus & lightly toss. season with salt & pepper & set aside.
  3. once the grill is to temperature, grill chicken & asparagus over medium heat.
  4. turn chicken after 4-6 minutes & cook for another 4-6 minutes until cooked through.
  5. toss asparagus over the grill frequently, until cooked. the asparagus should take on a bright green color, but still have some crunch to it.
  6. let chicken & asparagus rest for a few minutes before chopping into bite-sized pieces & set aside.
prep the vinaigrette
  1. in a blender or food processor, combine olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, honey, garlic, salt & pepper & pulse until emulsified. store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
assemble the salad
  1. in a large bowl, combine diced chicken, asparagus, sliced kale, farro, sliced roasted red pepper & crumbled goat cheese. toss with about 1/4-1/2 C of lemon thyme vinaigrette & serve!
Notes
  1. these salads are great to meal prep! prep all ingredients according to the instructions, & store in separate containers in the fridge & assemble salads as you need them throughout the week.
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fat
76g
protein
72g
carbs
47g
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this kale salad will keep you coming back for more! perfect for a simple weeknight al fresco girls' night with a bottle rosé, or meal prep for a week's worth of delicious, healthy lunches at the office! kale & asparagus are paired with lemon thyme chicken, nutty farro, tangy goat cheese, & roasted red pepper. tossed in a lemon thyme vinaigrette. | salad recipe, homemade dressing, meal prep, girls night idea, spring recipe, summer recipe, healthy recipe |

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12 Comments

  1. This salad looks SO refreshing!!! I would eat it every day too, and why not??? It’s so healthy! Love the rose pairing too. Um, is it bad that it’s not even 7 am yet and I’m already thinking about picking up a bottle to have with dinner?? Delish!
    Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper recently posted…Fresh Lemon and Herb Rubbed Grilled Chicken WingsMy Profile

  2. This salad sounds and LOOK fabulous! I am the worst about bringing salads to work because I don’t want to dress them at home but I also don’t want to have a giant salad bowl in my office… I think I’m going to make the sacrifice for this recipe!
    Ellie | Hungry by Nature recently posted…Spicy Korean Pork Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30, + GF)My Profile

  3. This look so good! You’ve pretty much combined all my favourite ingredients to make one super salad and I am SO happy about it! This would be perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon get together!
    Georgie | The Home Cook’s Kitchen recently posted…Grapefruit Lime MargaritasMy Profile

  4. That is very much Healthy. The Pictures you’ve uploaded are too good. Soon gonna make this from your method.
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  5. Yummmm. So many favorites in one salad! This looks amazing, Jess!

  6. It’s really a nice and useful piece of info. I’m glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I have loving kale lately! You recipe looks delicious!

  8. I love throwing together veggie packed salads this time of year! And the combo of asparagus and goat cheese sounds delicious!

  9. This looks so satisfying!! I could use a gluten free grain for myself- perfect!
    Alexa Federico recently posted…Cayenne Chicken MeatballsMy Profile

  10. I am a HUGE asparagus fan. It’s just so good.

  11. I’m actually embarrassed by the fact that I have yet to take advantage of spring’s beautiful bounty of asparagus. Putting it on my shopping list and making this salad ASAP. It’s got everything I love in a salad!

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