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Lately, I have been making baby greens salad with pomegranate and kids eating them. The poms, not the salads. I don’t have magic kids who eat kale salads. So, a lot of pommies. I guess because it’s Alex “deconstructing” them and not me. He Googled the how-to video. I don’t know where to find it.;)

And lately, I have been cooking vegan…um, a lot – this Healthy Caramel Popcorn, those Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies and now this salad. Many people are not the fans of kale in salads, or kale overall. I agree, it has a bitter taste and a tough texture. That’s why I usually add it to my green smoothie along with mango or banana.

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But when it comes to salads, you gotta give it a nice 2-3 minute massage. In this case, with olive oil, coarse sea salt and orange zest. I’m serious.:)

Always remove kale’s stems before chopping. Today I used Italian or Lacinato kale, which is my favourite. But curly one will work too.

green-kale

I also added romaine lettuce to reduce further bitterness and add crunch.

What a deliciousness! Nothing compares in freshness to fresh fruits and veggies…

Look at all those pomegranate arils…mmmmmm.

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This salad is super crunchy and moist from all that Orange Ginger dressing.

You got massaged orange-y salt-y kale, juicy poms, sweet and fragrant orange slices, toasted and crunchy almonds drowning in fresh orange juice based vinaigrette with a ginger kick. What not to like?!

I devoured 5 cups, like this whole bowl, by myself, in one day. I guess it’s one of those dishes that doesn’t need calorie count.

Winter Fruit Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

Winter Fruit Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

Ingredients

    For Salad:
  • 5 cups kale (packed), stems removed and chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Orange zest from an orange listed below
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-3 cups romaine lettuce (packed), chopped
  • 1 medium pomegranate, arils only
  • 1/2 large orange, peeled & diced
  • 1/3 cup slivered or sliced almonds, toasted
  • For Orange Ginger Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, not from concentrate & no sugar added
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large orange, peeled & diced
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add kale, olive oil, orange zest and salt. Massage with your hands for couple minutes until the amount of kale shrinks a bit. Add romaine lettuce, pomegranate, orange and almonds. Set aside.
  2. In a blender, small food processor or Magic Bullet, add Orange Ginger Dressing ingredients and process until smooth. Pour over salad, toss and enjoy.
  3. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate Salad ingredients separately from the Dressing for up to 2 days. Both should be covered to retain moisture. Shake dressing and add almonds just before serving otherwise they will lose their crunch in the fridge.
http://ifoodreal.com/winter-fruit-kale-salad-with-orange-ginger-dressing/

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 5

Amount Per Serving = 1 cup:
Calories: 170.5
Total Fat: 9.2 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 62.0 mg
Total Carbs: 21.0 g
Sugars: 9.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.8 g
Protein: 4.9 g
WW Points+: 5

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14 Comments

  1. liz | carpé season

    You had me at orange ginger dressing – 2 of my most persistent pregnancy cravings this time around. I could probably eat this dressing by itself, no salad needed, but the salad looks gorgeous too 🙂

    Reply
    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      You could drink this dressing, that’s what I was doing when test tasting. Thank you, dear. When is your baby girl due?

      Reply
  2. Christine (CookTheStory)

    Your salad looks wonderful..I especially love the pomegranate seeds added. I would have to make this when the kids aren’t around as they would devour the fruit before any got into the salad.

    Reply
    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Hi Christine. You know, that is so true. I always get protective over certain foods making sure they are not gone before making into an actual recipe.:)

      Reply

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