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overhead view of a bowl of kale, pomegranate seeds, blue cheese, pine nuts, and pear slices for a winter kale salad
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Winter Salad

This Winter Salad is full of the perfect combination of flavors that will have you making it well into the new year.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday side, kale salad
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 393kcal
Author: Lisa Longley

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 8 cups kale
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese
  • 1 medium pear sliced
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds (or dried cranberries)
  • 1 leek sliced thin, one inch into the green and fried (see notes)

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper

Instructions

  • To make the dressing, add all of the dressing ingredients to a small mason jar. Shake to combine.
  • Add all of the salad ingredients to a large serving bowl. Start with the kale, then layer on the pear slices, and finally the rest of the ingredients.
  • Either add half the salad dressing, and set the rest on the side, or allow guests to dress their own salad.

Notes

To make crispy leeks, add vegetable oil to a small frying pan and set over medium heat. To test the heat, add one leek slice to the pan. It should start bubbling immediately. Cook the leek slices in batches, never more than a 1/4 cup at a time. Remove once they start to turn golden brown. Place on a paper towel lined plate and allow to cool.

Nutrition

Serving: 2.5cups | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 579mg | Potassium: 819mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 803IU | Vitamin C: 175mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 5mg