I am not sure when Kale Salad with Cranberries became so popular. Maybe it is due to the layers of flavor or the playfulness of textures. Or perhaps it is just because it stands up so well to dressing. No soggy lettuce here!
This makes a great salad for winter, as many homesteaders and garden enthusiast plant kale in the fall. And the lucky ones still have a few pears left in cold storage. Even for those of us who don’t, farmers markets may have a few on hand.
I have to admit, I love the layers of texture, as well as, the sweet and sour component of this dish. I don’t know which is better… the combo of kale and cranberries or pears and feta cheese. Together with the tang of balsamic, Kale Salad with Cranberries is one of my favorite winter salad.
Be sure to check out my Healthy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe. It goes great with this Kale Salad with Cranberries and is super easy to make.
Equipment You Will Need:
- cutting board
- chef’s knife, best kitchen tool ever!
- measuring cup (although eyeballing amounts works)
- large salad bowl
Kale Salad with Cranberries
- 4 cups chopped kale, thick stems removed
- 1 pear
- 1/3 cup cranberries
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 1/4-1/3 cup healthy balsamic vinaigrette (see link above)
Wash and remove thicker stems from kale. Chop into bit size pieces. Place in a large salad bowl.
Add balsamic dressing to kale and toss thoroughly. Let sit for 5 minutes and toss again.
Wash and slice pear. Add on top of kale.
Top dress with cranberries and feta cheese.
Additional Recipe Tips & Pointers
Although I prefer Red d’Anjou pears in this salad for their color, Asian pears work equally as well.
If you like stronger cheeses, you might want to substitute chèvre for the feta cheese. Where feta is typically a mixture of goat and sheep’s milk, chèvre is exclusively made from goats.
In the summertime I alter this salad to fit the season. I replace kale with garden lettuces and I replace the pears and cranberries with fresh strawberries and blueberries. Although the Healthy Balsamic Vinaigrette is still a good choice, I change it up with a raspberry vinaigrette as well. Let’s be honest, the combinations are endless!
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