The Kale Salad of my dreams

Massaged kale is tossed with candied pecans, blue cheese, and cranberries, for this simple and delicious Kale Salad.

My Favorite Kale Salad!

“Can we stop with the kale propaganda?”

This is how Jim Gaffigan, one of my favorite comedians, opens up his segment on Kale.

With all the talk about kale as a superfood, I understand where he’s coming from, but all of that aside I think kale is TOTALLY delicious! Seriously. I eat it because I love how it tastes.

(But if you feel the same way as Jim Gaffigan does about salad, start with this how to eat salad every day guide from my friend Mary).

Like many vegetables, kale needs to be prepared right. This salad here is how I eat my kale about 75% of the time. Raw in a salad with candied pecans, cranberries, and blue cheese. I devour the stuff.

My Favorite Ever Kale Salad

Beyond the additional goodie ingredients, it’s important to sprinkle some sea salt into the salad before massaging. One of the secrets to a really good salad is adding a pinch of salt to bring out all the flavors. It makes a world of difference.

I photographed some of the “step by step” but they were really just photos of the ingredients. It’s super simple to make this, and the recipe below is little more than amounts of ingredients, which can be tweaked to your liking. Enjoy!

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Kale Salad with Blue Cheese, Cranberries, and Candied Pecans

 Massaged kale is tossed with candied pecans, blue cheese, and cranberries, for this simple and delicious salad.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword kale salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 382kcal


  • 2 bunches dino kale aka lacinato kale
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 cup candied pecans
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • salt and pepper


  • Stripe the dino kale leaves from the stem by pinching at the base of the stem and pulling it through. Once all leaves are removed, discard the stems and rinse the leaves well. Dry in a salad spinner or with paper towels. Place the kale in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the olive oil and vinegar. Drizzle over the kale leaves, then add a pinch of salt and pepper to the greens, and massage the leaves with your fingers.
  • Add the pecans, blue cheese, and cranberries, and toss. The salad is ready to serve. Enjoy!


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 0.6mg