Kale Salad with Warm Cranberry Vinaigrette

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In honor of my month of healthy eating on the blog, I of course felt obligated to throw a token bunch of kale into my cart at the grocery store.  No arm twisting necessary — kale is one of my favorite greens, and still seems to be oh-so-trendy at the moment.  So I was ready to experiment with some new kale chips, or a fancy kale pasta, or some sort of kale soup.  But as tends to happen, the kale got a little buried in my refrigerator, and wasn’t discovered until a few hours before I left town for Sundance.  Oops!

So at the last second, I decided to whip up a healthy salad before leaving for the airport.  And as seems to be a growing trend whenever I cook and photograph a recipe in a big hurry, it somehow miraculously turned out to be really good and really pretty.  Go figure!

I’ve been on a kale and cranberry kick lately, so I went the “warm” route and sauted up some shallots and garlic and cranberries for a sweet and savory vinaigrette, then topped it all with some sliced almonds.  I meant to also crumble on some cheese, but it turned out that the salad was great (and arguably a little healthier) without it.  Soooo good, friends!!

So whether this is your first time making a kale salad or your 100th, you’ve gotta check out the recipe for this one.

Kale Cranberry Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

The key to a good kale salad is taking an extra minute or two to massage the kale and soften it.  Awkward sounding?  Yes.  Essential to soft, delicious greens?  Yes.

It’s easy.  Anytime you make a kale salad, just toss the kale with a little salt and oil and rub it in for a minute until the kale turns nice and soft and darkens slightly.  So worth it.

Kale Cranberry Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Besides that, the rest of the salad is a breeze as well!  Here’s the quick how-to:

Kale Cranberry Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

First, get those two main ingredients ready to go — some good fresh kale, and dried cranberries.

Kale Cranberry Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Heat some oil in a large skillet, then saute up the shallots, garlic, cranberries, lemon juice, vinegar, and a bit of honey for the vinaigrette.  The cranberries will plump up just a bit while cooking, and will be extra sweet and juicy.  Mmmm.

Kale Cranberry Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Then spoon the mixture on top of your (massaged) kale, give it a good toss, then sprinkle it with some toasted almonds.

Kale Cranberry Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

And voila!  In just 10 minutes or so, this gorgeous kale salad is ready to go.

Kale Cranberry Salad Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com


Kale Salad with Warm Cranberry Almond Vinaigrette

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 -4 servings 1x


This healthy kale salad is topped with a warm cranberry almond vinaigrette.



  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • juice and zest of half a lemon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 bunch kale, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • (optional) 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese


  1. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add shallot and saute for at least 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Then add cranberries, red wine vinegar, honey and lemon juice and zest, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the kale with olive oil and an extra pinch of salt, and massage kale with your fingers for 1 minute until tender. Add in the cranberry/shallot mixture and almonds, and toss to combine. Serve topped with crumbled cheese if desired.

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222 comments on “Kale Salad with Warm Cranberry Vinaigrette”

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  2. I tried a kale salad recipe tonight that was supposed to be a Whole Foods knockoff. It wasn’t or wasn’t like what I had eaten there.  I want to try yours. Both recipes have called for “a bunch of kale.”  I had bought a 12 oz. bag of organic kale already torn up, because it was the smallest amt. I could find.  (I’m the only one who eats it here.).  Guess I’m asking how much is a bunch, if it’s already torn and bagged?

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  5. Turned out great! Thanks! Remember to make sure there are no stems in the salad (duh) ;)

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  8. I tried this salad over the weekend, it was GREAT!  My sister also had some and loved it.  I cannot eat nuts so I just used some croutons for crunch.

  9. Hi! I just wanted to stop by and let you know I made your kale salad for a cookout pot-luck I hosted last night. I originally made it because I wanted to have something to help me resist the temptation of eating all the carb heavy and processed junk food that my guests would be bringing. Let me just say, this is by far the best kale salad I’ve ever had (and I’ve had many!). What I thought was going to be a “healthy” side dish just for me quickly became a huge hit that all of my guests devoured. Making it again today to take to the beach with family this weekend. So delicious! Thank you for sharing :) 



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  12. Just tried this tonight. Wonderful!

  13. how many calories is this dish

    • Hi Tay! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  14. i always end up witha bag of kale sitting around in the fridge because I never know what to do with it. The massaging tip sounds great, never heard it before. Will make it easier to finish the kale!

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  18. made it 2 days in a row! Ate it 2 days in a row! Enjoying it more everyday! Simply DELICIOUS!!!

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  20. This salad was wonderful.  My husband loved it so much he’s going to make it for his executives tomorrow.   Thanks!

    • Thanks Katie, we’re happy you and your husband enjoyed this! We hope his executives enjoy it as well! :)

  21. Can this travel? I am going to a friend’s house for dinner and wondered if it is still good later and cold? I may be able to prepare there if not.

    • Hi Heidi! This would travel fine, but we’d recommend preparing it at your friends if you can, or at least preparing the vinaigrette there, since we think this salad is best when it’s warm. :) We hope you guys enjoy!

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  24. This has become my favourite kale salad. Absolutely delicious.

    • That’s such a nice compliment Wilma, thank you – we’re so happy you enjoy it! :)

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  26. This is my go to salad for holidays and any time I want to impress. I never tire of it.

  27. If I wanted to take this for lunch to work, could I make dressing and then warm at work and then put on salad?

    Looks so good – love Kale salads! Traci

    • Hi Traci! Yes, if you want to take this to work, we would suggest exactly what you proposed – we hope you enjoy! :)

  28. I made a huge batch of this salad last night for dinner. I thought it was just an average salad last night, but I had it again for lunch today and it was 10x better. I guess the kale needed to marinate in the vinaigrette a little longer. This will be a staple in my house now! Thanks for the recipe :) 

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  33. This was delicious and very easy to make. 

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  35. Hi. I have been browsing the Internet to try to find a healthy salad recipe for my mom & I to try. Luckily we came across your page & recreated your kale cranberry salad. It turned out really delicious & of course I had to snap some pics. for facebook. :) Thank you for the delicious easy to make recipe.

    • Thanks for sharing with us Mellissa — we’re happy you and your mom enjoyed it! :D

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  37. This was really good! I used red onion because I didn’t have any shallots. I also added a bit more honey because I like my dressing a bit sweet! Thank you!

  38. Made this tonight and was absolutely delicious! Thank you!

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  42. This was absolutely delicious!! I tried to pin it so I don’t have to worry about finding in future, but the pin took me to your entire pinterest site.. How do I save JUST the recipe.. Of course, I’m also now following you :-) Can’t wait to make more of what you are cooking!

    • Thanks, Deborah — we’re so glad you enjoyed it! As for the trouble pinning this, thats’ so strange — it’s working fine for us! :( If you’re on the blog and have this recipe opened up, you should be able to hover your mouse over any pic of the salad and pin it (and it should be just this specific salad recipe). Let us know if you’re still having trouble.

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  44. This is SO good!! I had to improvise some ingredients (last minute plan). Also, I didn’t think my husband would go for a salad so I tossed the kale into the pan and sautéed it a bit with the dressing ingredients. I can’t wait to make this again according to the recipe. It’s definitely going to become a favorite go to for me.

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  46. WONDERFUL!!!  Made it for Christmas and it was a hit!  Would be great with grilled chicken or salmon.  

    • We’re so happy this was a hit, Ellen, and yes, we think it would be awesome with some grilled chicken or salmon! :)

  47. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I found it on pinterest a few days ago and it is now my favorite salad! In fact, I have eaten it for lunch every day since I found it! Thank you again!

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  50. 5 stars
    Yes and it was a hit every Time!