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.
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!
Ingredients for Simple Cranberry Kale Salad
Organic Purple Cabbage
Organic Red Onion
Organic Cranberries (fresh or dried)
Organic Balsamic Vinegar
How to Make a Simple Cranberry Kale Salad
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.
Tips for Simple Cranberry Kale Salad
• 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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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.
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
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Simple Cranberry Kale Salad
- 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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