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Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Maple Pecans

This hearty salad shows how well pomegranates go with other fall ingredients. Tuscan kale is also known as lacinato kale or dinosaur kale.


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Maple Pecans


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½ cup pecan pieces
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1 Tbs. pure maple syrup
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2 tsp. olive oil
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½ tsp. salt
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¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

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2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
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2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
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1 small shallot, peeled and finely minced (1 ½ Tbs.)

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1 12-oz. bunch Tuscan kale, deveined and sliced in ½-inch-thick ribbons (8 cups)
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1 large red apple, cored, quartered, and thinly sliced (1½ cups)
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½ cup pomegranate seeds
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1½ oz. aged Gouda, thinly shaved with vegetable peeler (⅓ cup)


1. To make Maple Pecans: Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients in small bowl, and toss until well coated. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake 12 minutes, or until toasted and fragrant, stirring occasionally. Let cool to room temperature.

2. To make Vinaigrette: whisk together all ingredients, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. To assemble Salad: Place kale in large bowl; gently massage 3 Tbs. Vinaigrette into leaves to ensure even coverage. Gently toss with apple and pomegranate seeds, and transfer to serving bowl. Top with Maple Pecans and shaved Gouda.

Nutrition Information: 

7 g
Total Fat: 
14 g
Saturated Fat: 
3 g
20 g
8 mg
288 mg
4 g
9 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

I just made this last night and it was delicious. However, this online version of the recipe is missing ingredients. Hopefully VT will repost so I can share it with friends!

Took it to a dinner party, and everyone loved it! Perfect combination of flavors and textures. I didn't have Tuscan Kale, so I substituted regular kale and it was still delicious. I also cut the apple slices into smaller pieces. The pomegranate seeds are a pain to release, but it was worth the time spent. When you serve it in a large salad bowl, the fixings drop to the bottom, so you need to toss it frequently or serve the fixings on the side.

I forgot to add gouda, but this salad was still delicious. Used almonds instead of pecans-they are cheaper and I had them on hand. I think I will take this to Thanksgiving this year. Great flavor, color and crunch.

I feel like 1/4 tsp cayenne for the nuts is far too much. It was really, really spicy - to the point where it was hard to enjoy the salad. I'll definitely cut back on cayenne next time.

I love how you use Kale in this - we use it with Citrus fruits, Gorgonzola and Walnuts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ey5usZmw5Y