Kale Salad with Cranberries, Apples, and Candied Pecans

Bite sized kale tossed with dried cranberries, pomegranate arils, sweet Gala apples, and candied pecans, then drizzled with poppyseed dressing. This kale salad with cranberries, apples, and candied pecans is delicious, refreshing, and perfect for fall.

Kale Salad with Cranberries, Apples, and Candied Pecans | Cooking with a Wallflower

I adore salads.

I know, I know. Some of you may disagree with me. I mean, salads are technically just a ton of leaves tossed with a sweet and savory dressing. What’s so special about them?

Well, if your salads are all greens , then maybe, just maybe, I’ll have to agree with you. It does sound kind of boring.

Kale Salad with Cranberries, Apples, and Candied Pecans | Cooking with a Wallflower

But the salads I like to eat, the ones I’m absolutely addicted to, tend to be filled with colors, flavors, and textures.

The crispness of the apples, the nuttiness of the pecans, the sweetness of the dried cranberries, the slight tartness of the pomegranates. So many different flavors and textures that work so well together.

Take your favorite green base. You can use kale, spinach, arugula, lettuce. Anything you like.

Sprinkle your favorite toppings over the greens. You can use fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, apples, pomegranates, berries, peaches, maybe your favorite nuts such as pecans, almonds, walnuts. Drizzle your favorite dressing over everything and toss all the ingredients until they are well combined.

To make this salad, you only need a few ingredients.

Kale Salad with Cranberries, Apples, and Candied Pecans | Cooking with a Wallflower

First, tear up the kale into small bite size pieces. You can also cut them up. But I prefer tearing so that they have more texture and appear more rustic. Drizzle olive oil over the kale and massage them. Kale has a tough texture. But when you massage the olive oil into the kale, the kale softens and is so much easier to consume. At least that’s what I think, anyway.

Top the kale with dried cranberries, pomegranate arils, sliced sweet or sour apples, and candied pecans. You can easily make candied pecan in about 5 minutes. Or just toast the pecans for a healthier option.

Glazed Candied Pecans | Cooking with a Wallflower

I paired this salad with a poppyseed dressing. You can buy the dressing or make your own.

Toss all the ingredients together and you have one epic salad for fall.

Enjoy!

Kale Salad with Cranberries, Apples, and Candied Pecans | Cooking with a Wallflower

 

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Kale Salad with Cranberries, Apples, and Candied Pecans
 
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Bite sized kale tossed with dried cranberries, pomegranate arils, sweet Gala apples, and candied pecans, then drizzled with poppy seed dressing. This kale salad with cranberries, apples, and candied pecans is delicious, refreshing, and perfect for fall.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 2 cups kale leaves, torn
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅛ cup dried cranberries, more to taste
  • ⅛ cup pomegranate arils, more to taste
  • ¼ cup candied pecans, more to taste
  • ¼ - ½ apple, sliced
  • Poppy seed dressing, homemade or store bought
Directions:
  1. Add olive oil to the kale and massage the kale until the leaves have softened.
  2. Next, add the cranberries, pomegranate arils, candied pecans, and slices of apple to the kale. Toss until evenly distributed.
  3. Serve the salad with poppy seed dressing.

Kale Salad with Cranberries, Apples, and Candied Pecans | Cooking with a Wallflower  Bite sized kale tossed with dried cranberries, pomegranate arils, sweet Gala apples, and candied pecans, then drizzled with poppyseed dressing. This kale salad with cranberries, apples, and candied pecans is delicious, refreshing, and perfect for fall.

 

 

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