This kale pomegranate salad (aka Christmas Salad) is super easy to whip up and makes for a festive and healthy option for the holidays.
If you didn’t think I was enjoying salads throughout the holidays, do you even know me?! I stick by my salad every day method year round and while I do occasionally go a day without a full blown salad, eating lots of veggies is always top of mind!
This Christmas salad is the perfect addition to your holiday meal. It’s festive, tasty and ridiculously simple to make… you really can’t go wrong!
Types of Kale
Let’s start with the kale basics because there are several varieties of kale and in my opinion, they all have subtle taste differences! While some farmer’s markets might have a large selection of different kale varieties, I’m going to focus on the two most common types you’re likely to find at your local grocery store:
Leafy green veggies are the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth and kale is no exception. Kale is low in calories and packed with nutrients! It is really high in vitamin A, C and K as well as a good plant-based source of calcium. It’s a wonderful ingredient to add to you diet and there are so many ways to do so. Salads are great, but I’m also a big fan of adding it to things like frittatas, soups and casseroles.
Prepping & Massaging Kale
I will be honest, kale can be a hard green to introduce to family members but really, if you prepare it right, everyone will LOVE it. For this salad, I massage the kale with a dressing, which helps breaks down the tough leaves and helps add a delicious flavor to the salad.
The first step when working with kale is to remove the stem which is thick and tough. I like to fold the leaf in half, holding the stem, and rip the leaves away from the stem. Once the stems are removed, simply chop your kale into bite-sized pieces. Then it’s massage time!
But don’t toss the kale stems! You can save them for another use — you can blanch them, blend them into a smoothie (try my green lemonade smoothie) or make pesto.
Candied Nuts = Next Level Salad
Want to take this salad to the next level? Add in some candied walnuts or pecans. They’re so simple to make on your own – I have a recipe forrosemary candied pecans, but of course you can always use store-bought. I used Diamond glazed walnuts and they were a hit with the fam! Usually I steer clear of adding candied nuts to my salads because I’m mindful of my sugar intake and candied nuts have quite a bit of added sugar, but I’m using them for this recipe because it’s meant to be a holiday salad. Of course, you can always make this salad with toasted nuts instead of candied nuts and it will still be just as tasty – but have less sugar.
You can always turn this into ameal-sized salad by serving larger portions and adding a lean protein on top. I bet it would be delicious topped with seared salmon or grilled chicken like my apple cider vinegar chicken.
If you make this Christmas salad be sure to let me know how it turned out by leaving a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for me and other EBF readers who are thinking about making the recipe.
Make dressing: add all ingredients into a blender and blend until combined or add all ingredients to a mason jar and shake to combine. Dressing can be made up to 3 days in advance. Make it and store in the fridge until ready to prep the full salad.
In a large mixing bowl, combine kale with about 1/2 of the dressing and use your hands to massage the dressing into the kale. Add more dressing as needed (you may not need all of it). Reserve any leftover dressing for another use.
Add pomegranate seeds and goat cheese to the salad bowl (saving a little of each for topping), toss together and season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Add more dressing if needed. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with candied nuts, additional pomegranate seeds and goat cheese.
Feel free to make your own candied walnuts/pecans or use store-bought. You can also just use toasted nuts if want to cut back on the amount of sugar.
Serving Size:1/6 of recipe (made with 1/2 of the dressing)
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