Massaged Kale Salad with Winter Fruit

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Massaged Kale Salad with pomegranate arils, orange slices and toasted slivered almonds all coated in the best scrumptious orange ginger dressing.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chop + Cook
  • Cuisine: North American


For Salad:

  • 8 cups green curly kale (packed), stems removed and chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large pomegranate, arils only
  • 4 mandarins or 1 orange, sliced
  • 1/2 cup almonds, slivered, sliced or coarsely chopped

For Orange Ginger Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large salad bowl, add kale, olive oil and salt.
  2. Massage with your hands for 2-3 minutes until the amount of kale shrinks a bit.
  3. Add pomegranate and orange slices. Set aside.
  4. Toast nuts in a skillet on medium heat until fragrant, stirring often. Transfer to a bowl with salad.
  5. In a small bowl, add orange juice, olive oil, ginger, salt, pepper and whisk with a fork.
  6. Pour dressing over salad, toss gently and enjoy.

Store: You can store salad leftovers for up to 36 hours without salad becoming soggy.

Make Ahead: If you would like to make salad ahead, prepare kale leaves and store in a zip top bag for up to 7 days. I often prep kale like this for easy use throughout the week. If you buy chopped kale in bags, you might have to remove the ribs.

Then store toasted nuts in a dry place. Salad dressing can be made for up to 7 days in advance and refrigerated. Remove it from the fridge 30 minutes ahead of serving to allow olive oil to warm up.


  • Don’t try dried ginger, you won’t be even able to taste it. Has to be fresh or no ginger at all, which will do.
  • I prefer to use green curly kale as it is less bitter than Dinosaur kale. Also known as Lacinato kale, dinosaur kale has dark narrow leaves with bumps. Its leaves are quite soft, so if you use it, chances are no massage is required.
  • You can buy pomegranate arils but be prepared to pay for someone’s time. Or I find using this method is not that bad.
  • I used mandarins and sliced them into rounds. You can also separate small mandarins into small segments. Any citrus fruit like oranges, clementines, cuties etc. will work. The key is to get them to small bite size pieces as close as possible.
  • I use slivered almonds but sliced or coarsely chopped whole work just as well. Hazelnuts, macadamia nuts or cashews will go well with kale.

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