Super-Antioxidant Kale Salad

On my latest WIAW post, I showed a little teaser of a delicious kale salad that I made for the crab feast my family had last Sunday. I’m back here today (as promised!) to share the recipe so that you can make it for yourself!

Like any other healthy living blogger, I am huge kale fan. I would say that simply roasting it on a pan (with a little bit of garlic sprinkled over the top) is my favorite way to eat it… that was, until I had it in the form of a Super-Antioxidant Kale Salad.

I first tasted this recipe when my friend Brie brought it to our house for our Super Bowl party this year (oh my goodness- I just looked back at that post and think I need to re-make all the food from that day!) and it was love at first bite. I liked it so much that I requested she make it again when we brewed beer on my birthday. I remember eating the leftovers for days, and the flavors just kept getting better!

And now I’m wondering, why the heck haven’t I made this salad before? Why did it take me over 6 months? Who knows, but the important thing is, I finally did make it, and so can you!

Super-Antioxidant Kale Salad(courtesy of Brie Dunn)

1 bunch kale
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup grated beets
1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries (I used Stahlbush Farms frozen cranberries instead)
1/3 cup walnut or pine nut pieces
2 TBS balsamic vinegar
2 TBS lemon juice
2 TBS oil (olive, flax, hemp — I do flax)
1 tsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt (I leave out)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Mix the kale, carrots, beets, cranberries and walnuts. In a separate bowl whisk together dressing ingredients. Add the dressing to the kale, etc. — stir and sit aside for 30-60 minutes — re-tossing every 10 minutes.

You may want to double the recipe, because you’ll be craving this all week!

Don’t forget to enter the blog-a-versary KIND giveaway- this is definitely a good one to win!

Have a great weekend- and to all of my friends running the Tough Mudder- you’re CRAZY. Please don’t die. :)

Are you a fan of kale? What’s your favorite way to eat it?


  1. I really like the massaged kale salads where you mix the kale with avocado. This one was good:

  2. Yay! I’ve been wanting this recipe!

    • Oh, Sara… you will LOVE IT!!! Hopefully you can eat all of the ingredients soon- if not now! And then you can enjoy it with some pumpkin beer come the end of September…

  3. I LOVE kale but I haven’t really tried much more than kale chips. I really should branch out. ;)

  4. Pinning this salad recipe now! All the ingredients sound fantastic–something I think I’d really enjoy!

  5. I’m new to the kale bandwagon, so I’m always looking for new recipes. In the winter I always make kale and white bean soup similar to this one: but I didn’t have any summer recipes- until now!

  6. How ridiculous that I eat salads all the time and never think to add Kale to the mix. I’ll have to remedy that situation soon.

  7. Oh WOW! This does sound awesome :) I LOVE kale salads –and adding in some lime or lemon juice is always a good idea to bring down the bitter. And YES to the nuts! Mmmmmm

  8. I love a kale salad. I do a marinated Asain kale salad with oyster mushrooms that is even better on day two – my fave part about kale because it is a great lunch box add!

  9. What a great salad. My mother in law did one last weekend with green and purple kale and lemon juice. It was delish.

  10. I haven’t had kale in way too long–I’ve been truly southern and have been on a collards kick :) They don’t make nearly as nice of salads, though. This sounds delish! I love beets, and always forget that I can quickly and easily add them to anything with just a grater, no long cooking times required! Thanks for the recipe and ideas.

    • Ya know, I haven’t ever really gotten into collards. Not for any reason- I guess I was obsessed with chard for a while… then kale… and just haven’t given them much of a chance. I know that I love them though!

  11. I’m a fan of kale!! Just bought some tonight for some salads like this for my first week of boot camp!! :)

  12. Omg, omg, omg!! I have everything this recipe calls for EXCEPT the kale! And I’ve already been to the grocery store nearly every day for the past 4 days…yeah, I know…get a life, right? ;) I may just have to give this a go with some spinach instead because all those flavors are calling my name!!

    LOVE making kale chips, but I never make them enough! And of course, my mint chocolate chip parfait is pretty high up on the list too! :D

    GORGEOUS pictures m’dear! Love that tea towel!

    • Hey, thanks love! And um, I completely understand the every day grocery trips. I had to FORCE myself to cut back to just once (or maybe twice) a week and just USE what I have. But then all these darn bloggers post recipes that I need to make! I need to make your parfait…

  13. um, this looks AMAZING. and so do all the foods from the superbowl post… :D football YAY!


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