crispy kale and steak salad with a pale ale dijon dressing

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Prep Time 9 hours 13 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours 13 minutes
Servings 1

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This crispy kale and steak salad with a pale ale dijon dressing is 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.  If you love a good steak meal, you might also love our take on surf and turk with these kabobs!


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overhead view of ingredients to make crispy kale and steak salad with a pale ale dijon dressing

overhead view of crispy kale and steak salad with a pale ale dijon dressing

crispy kale and steak salad with a pale ale dijon dressing

By: Cassy
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Prep Time: 9 hrs 13 mins
Cook Time: 9 hrs 13 mins
Servings: 1


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
  • 1/4 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.
  • Enjoy!
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  1. barefootandprimal says

    barefootandprimal —  12/14/2011 At 15:04

    My husband and I LOVE Kale! I can’t wait to try this one! Thanks!

  2. Jeannie says

    Jeannie —  01/04/2012 At 14:58

    This looks incredibly balanced and yummy!! Thnx!

  3. dogkisses says

    dogkisses —  01/05/2012 At 20:01

    Yum!!! Thanks, my son just cooked this for us and it was awesome!

  4. Terry says

    Terry —  06/20/2013 At 16:02

    Beer is not allowed on paleo diets!

    • fedandfit says

      fedandfit —  06/26/2013 At 17:26

      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.

  5. Nicole says

    Nicole —  07/12/2014 At 05:02

    Hi Cassie! I’ve been going through your archives for new recipe ideas – this looks delicious 🙂 Do you have any recommendations for a substitution for the beer? I am sensitive to gluten and would love your thoughts on the best sub to keep the flavor profile intact.


    • Cassy says

      Cassy —  07/12/2014 At 13:03

      Hi Nicole! Great question. Hard cider would be a great alternative. If you want to go alcohol-free entirely, you could use apple cider vinegar (like Braggs). This recipe is definitely due for a re-make! Thanks for bringing it to my attention 🙂