Massaged Christmas Kale Salad ~ Meatless Monday

Kale is a tougher leafy green and I find the best way to have it in a salad is when it’s massaged.  Yes, kale needs love too! With Christmas right around the corner (guys, it’s only a month away!), I thought this would make a great side dish.  It combines holiday flavours, like cranberry and orange. And has some nice festive colours, like green, red and white. Make it for your next holiday dinner, I know it won’t disappoint!Christmas Kale Salad

Christmas Kale Salad
Serves 4
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For the Salad
  1. 1 large bunch of kale (about 4 to 6 cups)
  2. 3 Tbsp dried cranberries (with no sugar added)
  3. 2 naval oranges, peeled and sectioned, reserve juice from peels and membrane for the dressing below
  4. 1/4 cup chopped pecans (you could also use walnuts or almonds)
  5. 50g crumbled goat feta cheese
For the Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  2. 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  3. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  4. 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 Tbsp organic honey
  1. De-stem your kale, wash and spin dry.
  2. Chop into bite sized pieces and place in a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the kale and a squeeze of lemon juice, then roll up your sleeves and start massaging! Massage the kale for about 2-3 minutes until the leaves just slightly wilt, then set aside.
  4. Section your two oranges.
  5. Use the remaining peel and leftover membrane to squeeze about 1/4 cup of orange juice.
  6. Add the remaining dressing ingredients, whisk together and set aside.
  7. Add the cranberries, orange sections, pecans, and goat cheese to the wilted kale.
  8. Pour the dressing over top and toss to combine.
  9. Enjoy!
Nutritional info per serving
  1. 190 Calories, 23g Carbs, 11g Fat, 6g Protein, 154mg Sodium, 11g Sugar
  2. Please Note: Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may not always be 100% accurate. It is meant to be used as a reference only.
The Happy Health Freak

This would make a great side dish for your holiday dinner or split it up and have it as a meal for Meatless Monday. The great thing about kale is it can keep in the fridge for a couple of days without getting soggy like regular lettuce.Oranges



  • celestedimilla November 29, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I just made an avocado massaged kale salad for Thanksgiving that was a big hit. This looks like a great recipe too. I’d have to leave out the feta, but I bet it would still be delish!

    • thehappyhealthfreak November 29, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Oh that sounds yummy!!! Definitely can leave out the goat cheese feta…still just as good 🙂


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