Orange & Kale Salad…A fresh recipe from Sweet Basil

Tired of plain, bland salads? Try this delicious and tangy, yet oh so easy, quick and nutritious recipe. Have a nut allergy? Try substituting granola to keep the crunch.


Orange & Kale Salad 


for the salad

  • 1 bunch kale leaves (stems and tough sections removed
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds 
  • 2  navel oranges 
  • 1/4 cup pinenuts (Shelled sunflower seeds or any kind of nuts will work.)

for the dressing

  • juice (reserved, from the oranges, or about 1/4 cup
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar 
  • 6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil or pecan oil 
  • 1 Tbsp. honey 
  • salt 
  • pepper



  1. Cut or tear kale into bite sized pieces and place in a large zip-top bag. Cut the segments out of the oranges over a bowl to catch the juice. (If you don’t know how to do that, here is a great tutorial from Cookin’ Canuck.) Once you have the segments cut out, make sure to squeeze the remaining juice out of the membranes. Save all the juice for the dressing. Place orange segments in a large serving bowl.
  2. To the orange juice, add white wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk with a fork or small whisk and pour into the ziptop bag with the kale. Close the bag, squeezing the air out. Massage the kale with the dressing for 1-2 minutes and then pour it into the serving bowl with the orange segments. Add pomegranate arils and toss everything together.
  3. Toast pine nuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat, tossing or stirring continuously until golden brown (it doesn’t take long — don’t walk away!). Remove them from the pan and put them on a plate to cool. Sprinkle toasted pine nuts over salad just prior to serving.

Enjoy!                                                        1 Thessalonians 5:18

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This blog post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Photo and recipe courtesy of Yummly. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.



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