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Top view of winter salad with kale in a white bowl on a grey background

Winter Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas salad, kale, kale salad, low carb recipe, low carb salad, paleo, paleo thanksgiving side dish, thanksgiving salad, whole30, winter salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 185 kcal
Author Kelly


For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil OR extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar OR lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1-2 tsps sugar-free maple syrup (Lakanto) OR pure maple syrup for paleo OR orange juice for Whole30
  • fine sea salt + freshly cracked black pepper , to taste

For the salad:

  • 1 bunch kale stems removed, chopped (5–6 cups)
  • 1/3 cup arugula
  • 1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 4 grape tomatoes , sliced into halves
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pecans
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1.5 tablespoon pomegranate arils


  • 5 cranberries , for garnish
  • freshly chopped parsely , for garnish


Make the dressing:

  1. Add the dressing ingredients to a bowl or a jar. Whisk or shake until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings.

For the salad:

  1. CUT CITRUS: Wash the citrus skin and dry. Use a sharp knife to cut and remove the peel. Cut into round slices and set aside.

    Top view of arranged sliced citrus on a white platter
  2. PREP & ASSEMBLE GREENS: Remove and discard the hearty stems and tear or chop the kale leaves into thin piece and place in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with a little bit of dressing and use your hands to massage until the leaves start to soften and wilt.

    Add the baby spinach and cabbage to the bowl. Drizzle with dressing. 

    Top view of kale in a clear bowl with caesar dressing on a grey background with wooden spoons
  3. DIVIDE: Place all the greens on large serving bowl or divide the salad into bowls. Arrange the citrus on top followed by the pomegranate seeds. Top with nuts, seeds, mint and dill, if using.

    Once you’re ready to serve, drizzle the dressing lightly over the salad, toss, and serve immediately.

    Top view of citrus salad in a white bowl
Nutrition Facts
Winter Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.