Warm White Bean Kale Salad

overhead view of warm white bean kale salad on a white plate with a gold fork on a gray and white napkin.

This delicious warm kale white bean salad is a healthy, easy side dish or vegan lunch that’s perfect for winter! (vegan, nut-free)


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 cups of dinosaur kale, chopped
  • 1 cup white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sourdough croutons (see below for directions)


  1. To make croutons, preheat oven to 400° F. Cut 1-2 pieces of whole grain sourdough into cubes. Toss with 1/2 tsp olive oil, a pinch a garlic powder, and a pinch of dried rosemary. Spread on a baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes, stirring, or until crispy. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over low heat. Add garlic and onions and sauté until onions are caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add kale and cook until kale is warm and slightly wilted. Add white beans and stir until beans are heated through.
  3. Remove from heat and squeeze lemon juice over the top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, then toss with croutons. Serve immediately.

Keywords: white bean salad, warm kale salad