Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Maple Pecans

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.

  • 6Servings


Maple Pecans

  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper


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


  • 1 12-oz. bunch Tuscan kale, deveined and sliced in 1/2-inch-thick ribbons (8 cups)
  • 1 large red apple, cored, quartered, and thinly sliced (11/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 11/2 oz. aged Gouda, thinly shaved with vegetable peeler (1/3 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

  • Calories: 216
  • Carbohydrate Content: 20 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 8 mg
  • Fat Content: 14 g
  • Fiber Content: 4 g
  • Protein Content: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 288 mg
  • Sugar Content: 9 g