Simple Cranberry Kale Salad


Fall Gut Healthy High Altitude Lunch & Dinner No Seed Oils Salads Thanksgiving | Published November 10, 2023 by Mimi Council

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Add some vibrant color to your Thanksgiving table this year with this Simple Cranberry Kale Salad. Fresh cranberries, pumpkin seeds, apples, cabbage, red onion, and carrots are mixed with hearty kale leaves and tossed in a 3 ingredient citrus dressing.

If you’re looking for more Thanksgiving recipes, check out some of my other favorites like my Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes, Eggless Sourdough Pumpkin Pie, or my 5 Ingredient Turkey Rub.

simple cranberry kale salad
simple cranberry kale salad

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Gut Healthy: This Simple Cranberry Kale Salad is a gut healthy side dish that will round out your Thanksgiving dinner. I make a 3 ingredient salad dressing that is easy and so delicious!

Vibrant Colors: Add some color to your Thanksgiving table! While most Thanksgiving dishes are indulgent, this vibrant salad will add beautiful color and loads of nutrients to your Thanksgiving.

If you are a fan of Jimbo’s Naturally (health food store in Southern California) then you probably know about their delicious deli. And whenever I am out of town, I go there almost daily and I love all their kale salads.

That’s where I got the inspiration for this Simple Cranberry Kale Salad! I’ve also done a copycat recipe of their Kale Apple Salad. So, if you are a fan of their kale salads, then you’ll love this recipe!

simple cranberry kale salad

Ingredients

Organic Kale

Organic Purple Cabbage

Food to Live Organic Roasted & Salted Pumpkin Seeds

Organic Red Onion

Organic Carrots

Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Organic Balsamic Vinegar

FreshJax Citrus Pepper Blend

Organic Cranberries (fresh or dried)

Tools Needed

Mixing Bowl

simple cranberry kale salad

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In a large bowl, add the kale leaves, chopped cabbage, carrots, cranberries, red onion, apple, and pumpkin seeds.

Step 2

Drizzle extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top. Sprinkle with the Citrus Pepper Blend seasoning. Toss, taste, and add more olive oil, balsamic, or seasoning to your liking.

simple cranberry kale salad

Tips

  • Make sure to remove stems from the kale leaves if you buy leaves in a bag. The stems are not as pleasant to eat, even though you can eat them.
  • I used purple cabbage here, but you can also use green cabbage if you like. Either one will work!
  • I used the large grater to grate the carrots, think pizza cheese size.
  • I used Somerset apples, which is a slightly sweet and tart apple. Other similar varieties would be Pink Cripps, Fuji, or Gala.
  • I used fresh cranberries in this salad. But if you want to use dried cranberries you can also do that too and it is also delicious!

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FAQ's

Can I use another kind of lettuce?

Yes! If you want to use another type of lettuce you can use a spring mix with spinach and butter lettuce, you could use Romaine lettuce, or even iceberg if you want. You can even do a mix of any of these.

Can I use other veggies?

Absolutely, if you want to swap out some of the veggies with ones that are more easily available to you or even that you have in your fridge, feel free to do so!

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, if you plan to make this ahead of time on Thanksgiving, be sure to just prep the salad and don't dress it. Just wrap the salad bowl in plastic wrap or use a lid for your glass bowl and place in the fridge up to a day in advance. Then, before serving, just dress the salad. This way it won't become soggy with the dressing sitting on there for a longer period of time.

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simple cranberry kale salad

Simple Cranberry Kale Salad

Mimi Council
This Simple Cranberry Kale Salad is a gut healthy salad that will make a healthy and delicious side dish to your Thanksgiving dinner!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Makes 6 servings
Calories 62 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups kale leaves
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 large carrot (large grated)
  • 3 ounces cranberries
  • 2 slices red onion (diced)
  • 1 apple (diced)
  • 3 tablespoons roasted salted pumpkin seeds
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • FreshJax Citrus Pepper Blend

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the kale leaves, chopped cabbage, carrots, cranberries, red onion, apple, and pumpkin seeds.
  • Drizzle extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top. Sprinkle with the Citrus Pepper Blend seasoning. Toss, taste, and add more olive oil, balsamic, or seasoning to your liking.
  • Serve immediately.

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Notes

High Altitude – Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 62kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gTrans Fat: 0.002gSodium: 41mgPotassium: 284mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 6504IUVitamin C: 50mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 1mg
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