Pomegranate Kale Salad

Pomegranate Kale Salad

It’s easy to get caught in a cooking rut over the holidays, and make the same dishes over and over again. For me, I love to start new traditions and try new recipes, especially with what is fresh for the season. Like delicious bright red pomegranate seeds and rich, dark green kale. I tried this Pomegranate Kale Salad on my family, marrying these two ingredients together in a sweet balsamic dressing, with a few other added flavors. A big hit!

In our house, holidays are about choices and trying something new!

This year I decided to not put the ornaments on the tree, but to keep it simple with little white lights. Why not?

I didn’t open half the boxes of Christmas decor in the garage, but instead I only brought in a few of my favorite things. Freeing!

And instead of going overboard with cooking, I’m relying on potluck for many of my dinner parties. Of course I set the menu, and then I ask my guests to bring certain entrees. It’s okay as the hostess to set the menu exactly how you’d like it to be. It’s your house, your party, and your menu!

Pomegranate Kale Salad

Salads for me, growing up at Christmastime, always seemed to be coated with lots of whipped cream, or surprise foods inside of a brightly colored jello. I do remember my mom making a layered salad with iceberg lettuce and green peas (and a mayonnaise dressing with sugar – blah!), but gone are those days, as now I really try to make healthier dishes for the holidays.

Pomegranate Kale Salad

This salad turned out perfect. Especially when letting the kale sit for awhile, soaking up the flavors and dressing, which makes it tender and yet still crisp at the same time, and the flavors really POP!

Pomegranate Kale Salad

I dare you to try something new this holiday season!

What’s your standard salad that you prepare for holiday gatherings?

Pomegranate Kale Salad

Pomegranate Kale Salad
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Pomegranate Kale Salad Recipe

Double the recipe for a larger crowd!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins


  • 6-8 oz. kale cut, cleaned, and chopped in small pieces
  • 4.5 oz. diced onions garlic, and shallots (I buy pre-chopped at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil + 2 T. extra for dressing
  • 2 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T. honey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 oz. blue cheese
  • 1/4 pomegranite seeds
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped


  • Place the kale in a large salad bowl. Set aside. Chop the parsley and set aside.
  • Heat 2 T. olive oil in a sauté pan and cook the diced onions, garlic and shallots for 2-3 minutes. Add the pine nuts and cook another 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  • In a small bowl, add the 1/4 cup olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, and salt and pepper and mix together.
  • Pour the dressing over the kale and massage into the leaves (using your hands or salad tongs).
  • Add the sautéed mixture to the kale, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds and crumble the blue cheese on top.
  • Lastly add the parsley. Mix together and let sit for up to an hour before serving.

21 comments on “Pomegranate Kale Salad”

  1. Just wanted to say as I am making this salad this morning, thank you!! I have made this so many times over the past couple of years and never taken the time to say how much I love it!! I could eat it everyday.

  2. This salad is the bomb! Second time making it in a week. The only change I made was to put less olive in the dressing. When I take it to work for lunch I put the blue cheese on the side and add it when I eat it. Love, love, love!!!

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  5. Made this salad for Christmas Eve dinner at my in-laws house. It was such a nice salad where I felt I was eating something at least a little bit healthy with all the heavy food. Everyone loved the salad, even my mother in law’s golden retriever who tipped it off the counter and had some. Thank you for the great salad recipe!

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  8. This recipe looks great and I would love to make it for Christmas but doesn’t tell how many people this feeds?

  9. I am obsessed with all of these amazing flavors, Sandy! So perfect for my healthy eating intentions in 2014 :)

  10. This is such a gorgeous salad. I love pomegranate and kale together.

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  12. We love Kale salad too. I make mine with dried cranberries,parsley,sunflower seeds or cashews and dress it with oil and rice vinegar or poppy seed dressing. Sometimes I add quartered fresh orange slices to the mix. I enjoy cleaning out the crispers when making a salad so many times apple slices or thin pear wedges find their way into the mix. Glad so many people are now enjoying kale!

  13. These colors! I love them! Such a gorgeous salad. Kale and pomegranates together is a winning combo!
    And the photos are stunning!

  14. What a gorgeous salad, looks like Christmas in a bowl! Love all the flavors and textures you included!

  15. Love this salad recipe – I love the idea of adding something fresh to a decadent table. Also, where did you get that bowl? it looks STUNNING with all the green!

  16. Lovely, beautiful and so tasty!

  17. This is absolutely beautiful, Sandy!! Love those ingredients!

  18. I love this salad, Sandy! And your photos are stunning!!

  19. Sandy!! (I am squealing right now) Would you believe me if I said I have been making almost this exact salad about twice a week now, all winter? I love it. I love the kale, such a nice change from lettuces. I also add spinach. I love the pom seeds and lemon, olive oil, etc. So good and healthy. I feel like it sorta scrubs out my body from all the other indulgences. Yay! xoxo

    As for simplifying, I am on that page too. Just bringing our our faves and really maxxing out joy and meaning this year.

    Much love to you and yours. Merry Chrimstas from Oklahoma

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