Creamy Kale Salad

If you have read some of my previous posts, you may know I am crazy about kale. My family loves kale too. My kids enjoy kale when I put it in smoothies or make kale chips. I have to be more creative when it comes to putting kale in a salad. Jazzing up a salad is a must when two young kids will be eating it :)This salad was created several months ago alongside my daughter who insisted she give her approval for each ingredient that went into the salad. Luckily, avocado is one of her favorite foods. I now make this salad once a week and my family adores it.  I find avocados pair very well with kale, as do oranges.
Kale is an excellent source of  Vitamin A, C, E, calcium, fiber and iron. Avocados are rich in Vitamin K, folate and potassium. The fruit in this salad provides an extra dose of Vitamin C. What I like most about this salad is that there is no need for any store-bought salad dressing. I love making my own salad dressing every chance I can.

Ingredients:
1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped
2 avocados, sliced thinly
1 cup mandarin oranges, sliced and quartered
1 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. raw honey
1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 tsp. Herbamare
Wash kale thoroughly and dry leaves off. Place kale in a large salad bowl. Add in avocados, oranges, cranberries, olive oil, honey, vinegar and Herbamare. Toss all ingredients together with a large spoon. Serve.Makes 6 servings.

 

P.S. Check out my guest post over at SugarFreeMom for a recipe for Honey Sweetened Valentine Cookies!
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Comments

  1. I have yet to try Kale. But your dish looks wonderful!!

  2. Sounds delicious! Next time I can find avocadoes on sale I will give this one a try… without the mandarin oranges though, as my hubby isn't a fan :)

  3. Sometimes I use crisp apple slices in place of the oranges–tastes delicious too!

  4. I love kale, but I'm not so crazy about it raw. I need to give it another try–I think with a flavorful dressing like this one, it would be a little more palatable. :)

  5. I was never a big fan of eating kale raw until I learned this easy trick: "Massage" the olive oil into the kale leaves. It really helps make the kale so much more flavorful.

  6. Yum! I LOVE kale too, but I've never made a kale salad before. Definitely going to be trying this soon! :) Thanks for the tip about "massaging" the olive oil into the kale leaves,too.

  7. I love finding new kale salad recipes. This one looks great. I like the addition of avocado! Yum :)

  8. Yum- this sounds great. I'll have to buy some kale at the farmer's market tomorrow :)

  9. This sounds fantastic! I've spotlighted you this weekend: http://www.alittlenosh.net/2012/02/weekend-spotlight-21.html

  10. Yum! I've been trying to eat more kale recently, this looks really good!

  11. I just love your Creamy Kale Salad, the cranberries and avocado make a perfect combination for this great salad. Hope you have a wonderful week and Special Valentine's Day. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. I love kale recipes and I have plenty right now we will give this one a go!

  13. I love kale. I can grow it year round even though we reach subzero temps in the winter. Your salad looks incredibly delicious!

  14. I made this tonight and it was wonderful! I think I'd leave out the cranberries next time (or put fewer in) because I found it to be too sweet with them, but I loved the creaminess of the avocado in there. So delish!

  15. I am so glad you got to try it. Thank you for coming back and letting me know you liked it! I put a good number of cranberries in the salad because I know my kids are crazy about them. It is good without the cranberries or with less too for sure.

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