When I first discovered this kale salad on Pinterest, I hadn’t ever tasted a kale salad before. This quickly became one of my favorite salads. Since then I have used kale and berry salad recipe as a jumping off point for several other salads I’ve made.
Recipes like this make it easy to have a healthy ageless body. You can also omit the cheese and have a great vegan salad as well.
This recipe originally was created by Clara Persis and shared on her blog.
Kale Salad with Cranberries, Goat Cheese, and Pecans
Makes 3-4 appetizer servings
- one large bunch kale, rinsed, torn (stalks removed), and then roughly chopped into bite size pieces
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 2 T grated parm
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- juice of half a lemon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- fresh pepper to taste
Place the kale in a large bowl. Pour the olive oil and lemon juice over the leaves. Using your hands, working the dressing into the leaves, massaging and squeezing the kale so it softens and the ribbing breaks down. This step is really important!
Add in the salt, pepper, and parm and toss to combine. Taste for seasonings- add more olive oil if the salad feels dry, and lemon juice if it needs more flavor. Add in the goat cheese, pecans, and cranberries and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.
Do you see why I love this recipe? It’s so easy and full of great flavors. The best part for me is that it’s really good for you too!
From this starting point I’ve done this salad with a mix of kale/spinach/arugula.
Using no parmesan or cranberries…
I’ve used blackberries and figs.
I’ve done blueberries, red onion and cucumber.
I’ve done strawberries and avocado.
The other thing I’ve done is changing out the lemon and olive oil dressing for Bragg Healthy Vinaigrette.
Now you have one more way to fuel your ageless lifestyle after 50.
Let your imagination and the foods you find at your local farmers market lead you to creating your own salads from this starting place. And feel free to share them here with us.
This is also one of the recipes on my Favorite Healthy Recipe Pinterest board.
You’ll find a ton of other great salad recipes on my Healthy Salad board.
Photo by Clara Persis