Autumn Kale Salad

by Krista on October 21, 2013 · 14 comments

Autumn Kale Salad {Kale Recipes}

A festive and healthy Autumn Kale Salad, packed with tons of nutrients and perfect for a holiday side dish!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend with lots of sweet family time.

This weekend, despite my fight with allergies, was a blast! Friday was kind of a wash day because I was miserable with a stuffed nose and headache, but was starting to feel on the mend Saturday. Which was good because we had planned to go to the pumpkin patch! It was so much fun!

They had a petting zoo with goats, lamas, sheep, bunnies; and then ponies to ride for the little kiddos. Cason was in heaven! It was like all of the sudden all of those books mommy and daddy read with horses, pigs, cows, and sheep came to life. He was running everywhere and chasing the donkeys neighing at them! So adorable. Then we went to pick out the pumpkins, {which was mommy’s favorite part} and this year he got down and dirty. Climbing over pumpkins, crawling into the middle of the pile, picking them up and throwing them to hear the sound when they fell. {yeah, we are “those” parents.. hehe} So much fun!

Pumpkin Patch

Ok, so enough about me. How about this Autumn Kale Salad, huh! Well, in one word. Amazing! The kale has a bite to it, the radishes give it a little spicy taste, then mixed with the creamy goat cheese, toasted pecans, and sweet craisins and yum! This is the perfect kale recipe to get you into Kale, at least it was for me! It is also a great dish to have in your back pocket if you are looking for that perfect holiday side dish! The colors just scream holiday! :)

To get started, prep one bushel of kale using the kale massage method. {here is a how to prep kale tutorial} Set aside.

Autumn Kale Salad 4Put 1 1/2 cups of pecans on a baking sheet and toast in 350º oven for 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Autumn Kale Salad 7Core and dice 1 granny smith apple and then thinly slice 4 radishes. Set aside.

Autumn Kale Salad 6Next, in a small bowl. Mix together 1 Tablespoon of stone ground mustard, 1 Tablespoon of honey, 3 Tablespoons of plain white vinegar, and salt & pepper. Whisk to combine and then slowly add 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil until completely combined.

Autumn Kale Salad

Assemble salad. In a large bowl combine kale, apples, radishes, toasted pecans, 1/2 cup of craisins, and 4 oz. of crumbled goat cheese. Finish off with dressing and toss to coat all of the kale leaves.

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Autumn Kale Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad, Holiday, Gluten-free
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 bushel of kale, prepped and torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 granny smith apple, diced
  • ½ cup of craisins
  • 4 oz. of crumbled goat cheese
  • 1½ cups of pecans, roasted
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
Dressing:
  • 1 Tablespoon of stone ground mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey
  • 3 Tablespoons of plain white vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Prep one bushel of kale using the kale massage method. {here is a how to prep kale tutorial} Set aside.
  2. Put pecans on a baking sheet and toast in 350º oven for 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  3. Next, in a small bowl. Mix together stone ground mustard, honey, plain white vinegar, and salt & pepper. Whisk to combine and then slowly add Olive Oil until completely combined.
  4. Assemble salad. In a large bowl combine kale, diced apples, sliced radishes, toasted pecans, craisins, and crumbled goat cheese.
  5. Finish off with dressing and toss to coat all of the kale leaves.

 


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Marcie October 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

This is a salad after my own heart! I love kale, and it has to be so delicious combined with chewy cranberries, crunchy radishes and pecans, and creamy cheese! Pinning.

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Krista October 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

OH girl, wish we lived near each other. We would have so much fun cooking and EATING! :) Thanks for the pin! Hope you have a fantastic rest of the week!

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Zainab @ Blahnik Baker October 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Awww, you guys had a great weekend. Your son is just too cute!!! This salad is so healthy, love the add-ins! I can see myself adding in some pears too!

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Krista October 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM

We so did, it is my favorite time of year with all the fun activities they have on the weekends! :) Yeah for fall and pumpkin patches! :) The pears sound awesome in this dish Zainab, I will have to give it a try!

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Cindy Eikenberg October 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Krista, Cason looks so adorable at the pumpkin patch and I know you guys had a great time! This salad looks so fresh and delicious – I am not fond of cooked kale, but in a salad, yes! You always manage to make a salad look so fantastic! Pinning!

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Krista October 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

haha, thanks Cindy your too sweet! We did have a great time, I was a little worried it wasn’t going to happen because of my sinus issues all weekend but we made it! :) The salad is definitely the star in this photo, it is seriously so good. I haven’t tried cooked kale yet, but if you say its not great then I’ll take your word for it! :) Thanks for the pin!

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Melanie @ carmelmoments.com October 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Looks good! I just enjoyed a salad today with cranberries. For some reason I’m totally addicted to cranberries right now. This combo sounds delicious!

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Krista October 23, 2013 at 7:35 AM

haha.. me too! The sweetness it adds to the salad is delicious! :)

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Danelle October 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM

I love all of the ingredients in this! And the dressing looks fabulous too!

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Krista October 23, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Thanks Danelle, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite salads. :) I just have to space out the amount of times I make it or my husband will start to get sick of it. hehe.. Thanks for stopping by!

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Consuelo @ Honey & Figs October 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM

What a gorgeous salad, the flavors are all amazing! I’m definitely making this soon and pinning! :) x

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Krista October 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Thanks Consuelo, it was absolutely delicious and quickly becoming one of my favorites! :) Hope you get a chance to make it soon, thanks for pinning!

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Jen Nikolaus October 28, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Krista – your little guy is SO cute! And this salad looks amazing. Apples, craisins, goat cheese, pecans?!?! Those are like my favorites all thrown together in a salad – YUM! Pinning, of course. ;)

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Krista October 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

haha.. thanks Jen. ALL your little guys are pretty cute too!

This salad has all of my favorites as well, basically starting to become obsessed with the flavors in this salad. Definitely a go to for me now! Thanks for the pin and I hope you like it!

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