Citrus Kale Salad With Cranberries, Goat Cheese And Toasted Almonds

Hearty and healthy kale gets a flavour boost from bright citrus dressing, tangy and sweet cranberries, creamy goat cheese and crunchy toasted almonds. This is a wonderful side dish for salmon or turkey alike.

serves 4 to 6


For the Citrus Dressing:

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

½ orange juice, freshly squeezed (about ¼ cup)

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 minced garlic

a pinch of salt and pepper

For the Salad:

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1 bunch of kale, rinsed and dried, stems and ribs removed, leaves cut into small bite-size pieces

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/3 cup cranberries

1/3 cup goat cheese

1 tbsp. orange zest


Preheat oven to 400°F. Spread the almonds evenly on a sheet pan and bake for 5 minutes until golden.  Watch closely as nuts can burn very quickly in the oven.

To prepare the kale: In a large bowl, pour 2 tbsp. olive oil in the with kale leaves.  Kale leaves are hardy.  The best way to soften the leaves and prepare it to soak up the flavour of the dressing is to roll up your sleeves and use your hands! Your hands need to literally massage the oil into every nook and cranny of the leaves.  Must use your hands, a spatula doesn’t do the trick.

Whisk together the vinegar, orange juice, mustard, shallot and garlic for the dressing.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Toss the kale leaves, toasted almonds, citrus dressing, orange zest and cranberries.  Let it sit for 10 minutes then crumble with goat cheese and serve.

serves 4

Author: vickinutritionist

As a graduate with honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, Vicki is a Registered Nutrition Consultant Practitioner, also holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto. Before founding Health by Nutrition™, Vicki worked as manager and principal nutritionist at Canada's largest weight management and nutrition centre. During her tenure, she helped hundreds of clients lose weight and reach their health goals. Her experience and extensive training in weight management and holistic nutrition makes her an exceptional coach to become your partner in success. Vicki is a professional member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Natural Nutrition Practitioners.

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