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Great recipe. As I had some pomegranate seeds, I replaced the cranberries with pomegranate seeds. Also added some avocado.It would have been great with some chicken also, but also very nice on it’s own.
Yes, I followed the recipe exactly, so unlike me. It was wonderful! I let the kale marinate for over an hour before adding the pine nuts and cranberries. I’ve been advised to eat more dark, leafy greens because of my eyes. My husband has asked often we have to eat kale. After last night, he isnt afraid.
This is SO delicious. I make this all the time now (at least 2 times a week).
Have made this several times and it’s so good. Thank you!! Good with walnuts and feta and whatever dried fruit you have on hand! It’s hard for me to stop eating this and I’ve never liked kale salad before. I’ve had a csa for 10 years so that’s saying a lot! Ha.
This was wonderful new addition to our Thanksgiving dinner. I loved that I could prep everything the day before, then just add the dressing + toppings a few hours before dinner. The kale was a wonderful, deep green and hearty, no-fuss, healthy addition to a carb-heavy meal. I made a few substitutions: 1) skipped the parmesan altogether (making it vegan) 2) used agave in place of honey 3) used the regular kale instead of Tuscan kale 4) used “fig basalmic dressing” which added a little extra sweetness I think. Can’t wait to try this out with the pumpkin seeds and other variations that folks have tried. Thank you for sharing! This one will be made again!
This salad was amazing!! I didn’t have the pine nuts or any fruit to go with it…we just used kale, the dressing, and parmesan cheese! Totally surprising and very delicious!
I made this with golden raisins instead of cranberries. I couldn’t stop eating it. I am making it again and again.
i, i love it! Do you think i can add dried tomatoes instead of cranberries? I just dont have it in hand but i do have the dried tomatoes :)
Hi Dre, I don’t see why not. Should be great!
I found this recipe soon after it was posted and have been making it ever since. It is always the first salad to go at potluck and I share the recipe at least once each time I make it. It is such a yummy recipe!! I also use salted pumpkin seeds when I make it and substitute an orange citrus balsamic vinegar. Thank you for sharing this great recipe Elise!
This is an amazing salad. Kale from the garden, flavor of the ingredients was just perfect!
this has to be the salad from the King of Queens episode where Doug has a “food affair”…we made this with slivered dates and it was awesome.
thank you for a new diet staple.
My friend has been telling me about Kale salad for awhile, but the whole massaging thing threw me off. Well I tried yours and its my husbands new favorite recipe! Wow is it good, no massaging necessary.
Hi Penny, I’m so glad you like it!
I made this for the office Thanksgiving potluck and everyone ate it up! So easy and love that it gets better the longer it sits. I used almonds and raisins in place of the pine nuts and craisins.
This recipe has been a constant favorite since it first posted. Thanks, Elise.
I’m making some today (by request) for a pot luck. We use pumpkin seeds instead of the costlier pine nuts.
This salad is awesome – have made it twice, using regular kale. It keeps well over several days, dinner guests love this, too.
We make this all the time, and it is fantastic. We substituted chopped figs for the cranberries/currants the other night, and it tasted great.
can I make the dressing ahead and store it in the fridge until I am ready to use it? Can at be stored for a few weeks? I would just add the kale, parmesan and nuts when I’m ready to mix the salad.
Sure, it’s just a balsamic vinaigrette. You can make this ahead and store it for several weeks.
I added all three, cranberries, currants and golden raisins as well as toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) along with using fennel salt in place of regular and substituting 1/2 the normal balsamic with white balsamic. The results were great and a big hit for Easter dinner! I will do this one again.
I used a mixture of currants, cranberries, and dried cherries. I think the cherries tasted the best!! I took this salad to a potluck and it was very popular and many of them had not tried kale before. I think this is a great way to introduce kale.
Wow. I like this light bitter taste mixed with sweet honey, cranberries and vinegar. Yummy.