by Olena

Kale Blueberry Salad

by Olena

Kale Blueberry Salad Recipe with tender kale, soft goat cheese, easy candied pecans and healthy homemade poppy seed dressing. So good for hot summer days! |

Uber delicious kale blueberry salad with curly or baby kale (best types of kale for this salad IMHO), soft goat cheese, local fresh blueberries and easy homemade candied pecans. All of this goodness “swimming” in healthy poppy seed dressing I posted yesterday. If you are looking for more hearty salads with quinoa and/or kale, check out this chicken quinoa kale salad with grilled peach and avocado, and blueberry quinoa salad.

Close-up of pecans, blueberries and kale

Before I jump all over my salad, there are some breathtaking views of Pacific Ocean from our past weekend island getaway below. For those who are interested. I do not consider myself a travel photo expert to write separate travel posts because I simply do not have time to snap pretty professional pictures with my 2 busy boys. But I love to share little bits from all beautiful places we visit, especially in the Pacific Northwest, to make your eyes happy on a Monday morning and simply to inspire you to come and visit our beautiful place on Earth, especially Beautiful British Columbia.

Container of soft goat cheese

Back to kale blueberry salad. We haven’t had goat cheese for well over 6 months because of GMOs until I came across this organic goat cheese. Soft consistency cheese from a small local farm with great values – The Farm House Natural Cheeses in Agassiz, BC. It was delicious!

Roasted Pecans

Candied pecans are super easy to make. Don’t be intimidated.

I used curly kale that I didn’t massage but you could. My mom thinks kale salads are not tasty but at same time she refuses to give kale a quick massage. Her husband calls kale “kyle” which makes me laugh so hard every time I hear it because it is my son’s name. Just doesn’t sound right in our house.:) So, if you are like my mom, give kale a massage with a bit of salt and olive oil. You could also use baby kale (“hi” baby kale salad recipe) or spinach (“hello” spinach mushroom salad) to avoid any “spa procedures”.

Enjoy this kale blueberry salad with goat cheese and pecans!

Poppy Seed Salad Dressing in metal pitcher


Kale Blueberry Salad

kale blueberry candied pecans salad

Kale Blueberry Salad Recipe with tender kale, soft goat cheese, easy candied pecans and healthy homemade poppy seed dressing. So good for hot summer days!

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  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x



  1. In a large salad bowl, add kale and blueberries. Set aside.
  2. Preheat large skillet on low – medium heat and add pecans. Roast until golden brown and roasted aromas fill your kitchen, shaking skillet occasionally. Be careful not to burn. Drizzle honey and sprinkle salt over pecans and continue roasting until honey has caramelized, shaking skillet often. Transfer to the bowl with kale and blueberries.
  3. While roasting pecans, make a batch of Clean Eating Poppy Seed Dressing. Pour over salad ingredients and toss gently to combine. Add goat cheese and toss a few more times. Serve on its own or with a meat of choice.

Store: Refrigerate assembled in a glass airtight container for up to 24 hours. Dressing keeps well separately for up to 7 – 10 days.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

We spent 3 days at the Keats Island boating, jumping off the dock and camping. Keats Island is located just off of North Vancouver and is accessible by ferry. Look it up – a paradise on Earth! And I clearly had fun playing with my iPhone editing options. Nice and easy, no Photoshop.

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olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. This salad is delicious! Only I realized about halfway thru lunch that we forgot the goat cheese. And I don’t see it anywhere but in the title. Am I missing it? Could you help me?

  2. Hi Olena, really enjoying your recipes! Can’t wait to try this and the dressing sounds divine. I was looking for the nutritional info?

    1. No more nutritional info. I do not count calories anymore and it took me so much time to measure the dish and then calculate. I asked the audience and barely anyone cared. So, thetas the scoop. I find eating whole foods till I’m full is best.

  3. Beautiful pictures! I love BC. I live in Ontario but my youngest daughter lives and works in Vancouver and my Dad retired to Vancouver Island so I visit out there quite often. I have a sister that lives in Powell River and this past April we (2 sisters, my daughter and I) did the Sunshine Coast Shuffle. It took us just over 5 hours and hiked about 12 kms. It was gruelling for an almost 65 year old but fun. I love your recipes and can’t wait to try this salad with your dressing. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Liz. Sounds like almost all your family is here. You should join them.:) Kudos to you for doing the Shuffle. Majority of people of your age wouldn’t be able to do it. My mom wouldn’t do it even at 50. So, you should be proud!!! We haven’t been past Sechelt yet but exploring Northern BC is on the list when kids get a bit older. That part offers so many nature adventures and our 4 year old won’t be able to make many of them. Almost there.:)

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