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Chopped kale salad with cranberries, pecans, and goat cheese in a Pyrex bowl on a grey background.
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Kale Salad with Cranberries

Chopped Kale Salad with Cranberries is tossed in a delightful maple and orange vinaigrette and then topped with toasted pecans, pumpkin seeds, onions and goat cheese.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 208 kcal


  • 1 bunch kale finely chopped
  • ½ cup toasted pecans coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup cranberries dried
  • ¼ cup sweet onion finely chopped
  • 2 oz. goat cheese optional

Maple Orange Vinaigrette


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place coarsely chopped pecans on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and roast in oven for 4-5 minutes, or until fragrant.*
  3. In a small food processor or high-speed blender combine all maple orange vinaigrette ingredients. Process for 1-2 minutes, or until completely smooth.**
  4. Before serving combine the kale and maple-orange vinaigrette. Toss to completely coat the kale with the salad dressing and let sit for 10-20 minutes to soften the kale.

  5. Just before serving top with toasted pecans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, onions, and goat cheese (optional) in a large serving bowl and toss to combine.  Get this recipe in Meal Plan #4.

Recipe Notes

*Be sure to use a light-colored baking sheet to ensure the nuts do not burn.

**Use a small blender or food processor for the best emulsification. Larger appliances will take longer to make a creamy vinaigrette.

***You can store leftover tossed kale salad for up to 24 hours, although the kale will begin to wilt slightly. It is best to keep the vinaigrette and kale separate if you would like to enjoy the salad for a few days.

Nutrition Facts
Kale Salad with Cranberries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 130mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1055IU21%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.