A bowl of kale salad on a woven wicker trivet
Photography, Armando Rafael

Kale, Avocado and Pistachio Salad

A winning texture combo.

Television chef and acclaimed cookbook author Lidia Bastianich used to serve this salad at her midtown NYC restaurant Felidia, and it was always a bestseller. “The soft texture of the avocado and the crunchy nuts create a playful medley in your mouth,” she writes. Make sure to massage the kale beforehand to tenderize it.

A bowl of kale salad on a woven wicker trivet

Kale, Avocado and Pistachio Salad

One of Lidia Bastianich favourite salad combinations: kale ribbons with soft avocado and crunchy pistachios.
Course Appetizer, lunch, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4


  • 2 large eggs hard-boiled
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove crushed and peeled
  • kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large bunch curly kale leaves stripped from the stems, washed, spun dry and cut into thin ribbons
  • 2 ripe avocados peeled, sliced
  • ½ cup pistachios toasted, coarsely chopped


  • Halve the eggs. Coarsely chop the whites and set them aside. Put the yolks in a mini–food processor, and add the vinegar, mustard, garlic and ½ teaspoon salt. Pulse to make a paste. With the processor running, add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream to make a smooth, thick dressing.
  • Put the kale in a large serving bowl. Drizzle it with a couple tablespoons of the dressing, season with ½ teaspoon salt, and massage with your hands for a minute or so, to wilt the leaves slightly. Let the kale rest for 15 minutes.
  • Add the egg whites, avocados and pistachios. Toss well and serve.

A cookbook cover in a light frame

Excerpted from Lidia’s From Our Family Table To Yours by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali. Copyright © 2023 Tutti a Tavola, LLC. Photographs by Armando Rafael . Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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