Winter kale salad with pomegranates, feta cheese, walnuts and an easy citrus dressing is perfect for a bright, fresh side dish or light lunch and can be prepped ahead for a healthy week!
Who's ready to start things off fresh again this week?
I know I'm still full steam ahead with the veggies and lightened up dishes and the not drinking. You know I love me some bourbon and also red wine, but I'm just over it for a little while.
So yup, I'm drying out for a bit and cleaning things back up. It's a new year and I want to get back to the regular me!
And today’s recipe is another demonstration of my undying love for delicious, healthy salads.
Summer salads, rice salads, spinach salads, kale salads, chopped salads, even tuna salads and spinach salads — you name it, I want it!
And today’s winter kale salad with pomegranates and feta cheese is the perfect way to freshen things up during these cold, dark days.
It’s also great for hitting refresh in the new year and making sure you get tons of veggies and healthy fresh foods.
(Also check out my berry beet salad for another winter fave. Or if you're reading this at the holidays, this Christmas salad is just the thing for your holiday table.)
If you’ve never had a massaged kale salad, don’t fret about the kale being raw. Once you add some dressing and rub the chopped kale and allow it to sit, it gets completely tender and so delicious.
Then I add some bright sweet pops with the pomegranate arils, a hit of salty feta cheese (which is optional if you are dairy-free), some toasted walnuts and a gorgeous dressing that takes just a couple of minutes to make!
I love that you really can taste the orange flavor in this dressing. Using both the zest and the juice means that flavor really pops!
Notes on winter kale salad with pomegranates:
- I’ve made this without the feta before, for a group that included some dairy-free folks, and it was still delicious. You could also substitute goat cheese if you prefer.
- I always have walnuts on hand and I think they work great here, but you could substitute pecans or even almonds if you prefer.
- If making ahead, store the massaged kale, remaining ingredients and dressing separately in the fridge for up to 1 day. (The walnuts can sit out at room temperature.) Combine when ready to serve.
Serve this massaged winter kale salad as is for a light lunch or pair it with a lean protein for a healthy dinner. 👍
Which is all I need all month long after the holiday season!
Wishing you a happy, healthy week!
P.S. Love salads as much as I do? Check out some of my other salad favorites:
- Kale quinoa salad (Family Food on the Table)
- Smashed edamame salad (Family Food on the Table)
- Healthy chicken, orange and kale salad (Reluctant Entertainer)
- Warm kale salad with caramelized onions and mushrooms (Cookin Canuck)
- Mediterranean chopped salad (Family Food on the Table)
Winter kale salad with pomegranates and feta cheese
Winter kale salad with pomegranates, feta cheese, walnuts and an easy citrus dressing is perfect for a bright, fresh side dish or light lunch!
- 1 bunch kale, with leaves removed from stems and finely chopped
- 1 pomegranate, seeded
- ½ cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
For the citrus dressing
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice (zested first)
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- zest of 1 orange
- To make the dressing: combine all ingredients in a small jar, cover and shake. Alternatively, you can use a whisk and mix this up in a bowl.
- Massage the chopped kale with ½ of the dressing and rub the leaves with your fingers until they’re thoroughly coated. Let the kale sit for 30 minutes (or up to a day in the fridge).
- Meanwhile, prep the remaining salad ingredients.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the kale. Add the remaining dressing, mix thoroughly and serve immediately.
I’ve made this without the feta before, for a group that included some dairy-free folks, and it was still delicious. You could also substitute goat cheese if you prefer.
I use walnuts, but you could substitute pecans or even almonds if you prefer.
If making ahead, store the massaged kale, remaining ingredients and dressing separately in the fridge for up to 1 day. (The walnuts can sit out at room temperature.) Combine when ready to serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 205mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 16gProtein: 5g
Pomegranate and kale are one of my favorite combos! The dressing looks great too. Would love to have you join our meatless Monday linkup today
Me too - I love them together!
Thanks for including my recipe here. This looks fantastic! Totally going to make it this week!
Thanks Sandy! I hope you love it!
This salad looks beautiful, hearty and I'm sure it is delicious! The kale massage makes such a difference to kale. Thanks for a wonderful new combination to try!
Thanks Laura! I adore massaged kale salads - it really transforms it!
LOVE this! A great option to lighten up the dinner or lunch spread. Definitely need to try!
Thanks Karly! I hope you do - it's kind-of addictive! 😊
Perfect healthy office lunch ! Thank you so much !
It would be great for an office lunch! I hope you try it!