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Perfect Kale salad

The best Kale Salad for kale newbies (or a crowd!)

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  • Author: Teri
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


  • 2 bunches lacinato/dinosaur kale
  • 35 mandarin oranges, peeled and divided into segments
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries (no sugar added)
  • 13 teaspoons olive oil, for massaging
  • White Balsamic Dressing to taste – recipe here


  1. Pull the kale off the stems and tear into smaller pieces. Place in a salad spinner, wash well and then dry well. I dab it with a paper towel after spinning to get all the water off. Place kale in a large salad bowl.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the kale and massage it into the leaves with your hands until coated and the leaves start to shrink in size a bit. You want just a enough to coat the leaves but not a heavy dressing.
  3. Add the mandarin oranges, pistachios and dried cherries.
  4. Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons dressing over the top and toss to coat. Again, add just enough dressing  to lightly coat everything but not too much that it becomes heavy. Start with a smaller amount to toss, add more as necessary and serve extra dressing on the side.