Kale Pasta Salad

Kale Pasta Salad. A lighter pasta salad that you’ll be enjoying all summer! It has a tangy parmesan vinaigrette dressing and plenty of fresh veggies.

More delicious pasta salad recipes you may like: BLT Tortellini Pasta SaladMediterranean Pasta SaladTuscan Pasta SaladHealthy Chicken Pasta Salad, or this Easy Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad.

Hi! It’s Natasha here from Salt & Lavender dropping in with a tasty pasta salad recipe. Pasta salad is a great option to quickly put together when you’re invited to any kind of summer gathering, and this one is a nice lighter option. It’s still got plenty of substance and flavor, but it’s made without a heavy mayo dressing.

Kale Pasta Salad

How to make kale pasta salad

  1. Cook the pasta and then rinse it with cool water and drain it thoroughly.
  2. Meanwhile, prep your other ingredients and add them to a large salad bowl.
  3. Add the dressing ingredients to a jar and shake it thoroughly.
  4. Toss the pasta salad, and you can either enjoy it right away or let it chill first.

How to prepare the kale

Sometimes recipes will say that kale needs to be massaged (it’s naturally quite tough), but I find it’s easier to simply remove the leaves from the stems and then chop the kale finely. This is how I prepare most of my kale salads. The salad dressing will also help soften the kale up a bit.

A few recipe notes

  • I used a whole salami and cut it up myself. Anything around 8 ounces will work fine – you don’t need to be exact.
  • Feel free to use whatever color bell pepper you prefer.
  • You can make this pasta salad ahead if you wish. It is best freshly made (in my opinion), but the kale won’t go soggy like lettuce does. We were still enjoying the leftovers three days later.

Other kale recipes you may enjoy:

Kale Pasta Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6

Kale Pasta Salad. A lighter pasta salad that you'll be enjoying all summer! It has a tangy parmesan vinaigrette dressing and plenty of fresh veggies.

Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Kale Pasta Salad


  • 3 cups uncooked penne
  • 8 ounces salami (diced)
  • 1 cup little tomatoes (grape, cherry, etc., halved)
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cups (packed) kale (stems removed and chopped finely)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (or to taste)
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)


  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon (packed) brown sugar


  1. Boil a large, salted pot of water for the pasta. Cook the pasta al dente according to package instructions. Once the pasta is done, rinse it under cool water and let it drain thoroughly.

  2. Meanwhile, prep your other ingredients and add them to a large salad bowl as you go along. The kale should be removed from the stems and chopped very finely. Add the dressing ingredients to a jar.

  3. Once the pasta is done, add it to the bowl. Shake the dressing thoroughly and toss the salad until coated. Season the pasta salad with salt & pepper as needed. You can eat it right away or chill it for an hour or so prior to eating.

Recipe Notes

  • Serves 6+ depending on how much people eat.
Nutrition Facts
Kale Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 855mg36%
Potassium 153mg4%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Natasha Bull

Natasha Bull is the blogger behind Salt & Lavender. She loves to share quick, easy, and delicious dinner recipes. When she’s not in the kitchen, Natasha enjoys traveling to warmer climates (she calls Canada home).

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