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Kale Salad with Cranberries

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stove & Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


This quick kale salad with cranberries and honey mustard dressing is packed with fall flavors everyone will love.


  • 1 bunch of kale, torn into pieces (about 45 cups)
  • 1 radicchio, thinly sliced (core removed)
  • 15 oz. can of mandarin orange segments, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions

Candied Pecans:

  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Prep the Kale: Add kale pieces to a large bowl. Add a dash of sea salt. Using your hands massage the kale to break down and soften. About 2-3 minutes. The kale will turn more of a forest green and smell fragrant, that’s when you know you’re done. Set aside.
  2. Make Candied Pecans: Heat a medium skillet to medium high heat. Add butter and pecans to the pan.  Cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring the entire time. Add in brown sugar and maple syrup, cook an additional 2- minutes, until the butter and sugar are melted and coat the pecans. Remove the pan and let cool on a plate or sheet of tin foil.
  3. Make the Dressing: Add apple cider vinegar, olive oil, stone ground mustard, raw honey, dry basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to a medium bowl. Using a whisk, mix the dressing together until the oil and vinegar no longer separate.
  4. Assemble the Salad: To the bowl with the kale add radicchio, mandarin oranges, cranberries, and green onions. Right before serving, top the salad with candied pecans then drizzle with dressing and gently toss. Serve.

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