Winter Salad with Kale & Pomegranate dressed with a Balsamic Dressing

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas filled with food, family, love, laughter and complete relaxation! Once again, I had a lovely Christmas and it somehow seems never to disappoint me. I have just returned from Copenhagen where we have been visiting my little beautiful niece who is still absolutely adorable and growing so fast. Today, is the first day back to reality; which includes a workout, returning gifts and making healthy, wholesome and some of my favourite winter food.
This salad has become a bit of a classic around here. It is very simple, filled with seasonal goodies and a traditional guest at the dinner table on Christmas Eve. The salad is powerful, but yet sweet and very juicy which makes it a perfect match to the fatty and flavour filled Christmas food. And the kale part is just great if you want to add a little fibre and wholesome satiety to your stomach.

Kale is a wonderful vegetable, but you need to consider how you prepare it. It is very coarse and can seem a little frightening to some, especially if you have had a previous bad experience with it. I have already posted one salad including kale. In that version, I baked the kale and made it into crispy flakes which is an amazing way to have it, and quite different as well. In this version, I have chopped the kale very thoroughly. Chopping kale like this becomes very easy to chew and you will not get the coarse and unpleasant feeling in your mouth.

Pomegranate is a must in any winter salad, dessert, breakfast etc.. And the same goes for the apples and luckily these two are a perfect match. The almonds have been dressed a bit for this salad. They have been gently roasted in a pan with honey and balsamic which give them a little edge and some extra aroma.
I know it is a bit too late to have this on Christmas Eve, but then you can have it any other day. As long as the kale and pomegranate are in season this salad will be perfect to have at any time of the day. And since it is healthy, wholesome and low in calories it is pretty good when you want to loose those extra Christmas pounds!

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Winter salad w. kale & pomegranate
10-12 big leaves of kale (250-300 g)
1 pomegranate
2 apples
3/4 cup almonds (100 g)
2 Tbsp red wine balsamic
1 Tbsp honey

3 Tbsp red wine balsamic or a cherry vinegar
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
1 tsp dijon mustard
Salt & pepper

1. Heat a pan and dry roast the almonds for 1-2 minutes. Add the balsamic and as soon as it is gone add the honey and stir for 1 minute. Transfer almonds to a baking shed and let them cool. Afterwards chop them coarsely.
2. Wash and dry the kale. Remove the stems and use a food processor or mini chopper to chop the kale into a very fine texture. You can use a sharp knife.
3. Prepare the pomegranate  and cut the apple into thin boats and mix all of it it with the kale.
4. Make the dressing by stirring everything thoroughly together and season to taste (The balsamics can vary a bit in sweetness and flavour so make sure you adjust the amount you use according to your own balsamic).
5. Stir everything together and serve. This salad is great the next day and even the day after that.

Enjoy….and have a Happy New Year!

  1. AngieAngie12-28-2012

    I love kale, and I love the look of this salad. Your blog is beautiful. Well done!

  2. Alana SterlingAlana Sterling12-30-2012

    I make something very similar during the holidays. Instead of apples I add finely grated Brussels sprouts, which brings a beautiful contrast to the dark green of the kale. I will have to try adding apples next time! And honey!

    • Oh that sounds very delicious as well. It truly is a wonderful winter/holiday salad!

  3. I absolutely love a bright winter salad like this, and am currently in the throes of a bit of a love affair with pomegranate seeds so this looks like heaven to me right now.

    We’re celebrating a return to wholesome food this month on the Shine Supper Club, and a recipe like this would be perfect. I hope you’ll join us!

  4. KelcieKelcie01-08-2013

    I am so excited to make this salad! It looks delicious. I am having trouble trying to think of an entree to pair it with, I am a vegetarian and because this salad is so dynamic, I am drawing blanks.
    Any ideas?

    • Hi Kelcie.
      You are so right it is a very dynamic and flavour filled salad which can easily stand on its own. But I have been eating it with my veggie loaf which was quite lovely, and I could imagine that wholegrain bread with a nut paste or some cheese would be lovely as well.
      All the best from Josephine

  5. catiecatie01-11-2013

    I’m looking forward to making this salad this weekend! Quick question though: in the ingredient list you use red wine vinegar, but in the steps you say balsemic. Which is better to use?

    • Hi Catie. Yes I know that is a bit confusing, you could use both, but I would recommend you to use red wine balsamic (I have just corrected this in the recipe as well). Good luck with the salad.

  6. I’m loving this!

  7. AndresAndres01-15-2013

    Made this the other night and it was fantastic!

  8. I am so glad that you like this salad, I am totally in love myself :)

  9. KaceyKacey01-17-2013

    I will be the odd one out as far as vegetarianism goes. I just picked up some lovely local beef today so I think I will make some sliced seared beef to go on top of this tonight :) It sounds amazing :)

  10. BonnieBonnie01-31-2013

    This looks delicious and your pictures are beautiful! Just found your blog and love it.

    • Hi Bonnie. Thank you very much, great to have you following, hopefully you’ll like the tasty results from the recipes :)
      All the best from Josephine

  11. Lucy T.Lucy T.01-31-2013

    Hi Josephine. What a beautiful blog you have! Made this salad today and it’s really quite wonderful. I massaged one tablespoon of olive oil into the finely chopped kale (makes it even easier to chew, yet keeps it crunchy too) and just used one less in the dressing, but other than that made the recipe exactly as is. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes–everything looks great.

    • Hi Lucy. That sound lovely, and it is a wonderful tip, thank you. Enjoy the rest of the recipe journey :)

  12. Anna ChettiAnna Chetti02-14-2013

    Hi, I made this salad for New Years Eve along with a turkey dinner. It was incredible. I have been making it almost every week since. I LOVE this recipe. Thank you for sharing it.

  13. AndreaAndrea11-24-2013

    We loved the nuts, but the raw kale and/or the balsamic didn’t work for me at all. I tried massaging the kale with the olive oil and salt and then adding apple cider vinegar instead of balsamic. It was ok.

    • Oh I am sorry, it always seem to work for me. Maybe you did not chop the kale fine enough, it needs to be really fine, the easiest way is using a food processor and just blend – needs to be like when you chop herbs. And for the dressing, here you need to adjust flavour to your preference, it can easily go to strong since the flavour of the individual components can differ a lot. Hope you’ll try again and make it succeed.
      All the best from Josephine

  14. AnnaAnna01-20-2014

    Hi Malene.

    I made this salad a few times and it is one of my favourits this time of year!
    Tonight I ate it, together with your recipe for roasted carrots. DELICIOUS!

    Thanks for your lovely recipes.

    • Yum sound like a great combo! So glad you like it, it is definitely also one of my favourites :)

  15. GingerGinger04-09-2015

    Yummy and even yummier the next day! Thank you for the recipe!

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