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Christmas kale and pomegranate salad with goat cheese topped with candied nuts in a bowl with wooden serving spoons in it.
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Kale Pomegranate Salad with Goat Cheese (Christmas Salad)

This kale pomegranate salad (aka Christmas Salad) is super easy to whip up and makes for a festive and healthy option for the holidays.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas kale salad, christmas salad, kale pomegranate salad
Servings: 6


  • 2 bunches of kale rinsed and dried, ribs and stems removed, leaves thinly sliced
  • 4 oz goat cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds about 1 large pomegranate
  • cup candied walnuts or candied pecans*
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Balsamic Dressing

  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh or dried herbs optional


  • Add all dressing 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 ½ 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: 1/6 of recipe (made with 1/2 of the dressing) | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 225mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g