MANDARIN ORANGE KALE SALAD

Mandarin Orange Kale Salad with Mandarin Vinaigrette is the lightness we crave in the depths of winter. Each bite bursts with juicy mandarins, crunchy kale, fennel and almonds dressed in a citrus dressing — you will love how this simple and refreshing salad brings balance to the table!
Slices of mandarin oranges on a bed of kale with fennel in Mandarin Orange Kale Salad.
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Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 409
Author Liren Baker

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed mandarin juice about 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 3 cups chopped lacinato kale
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fennel bulb
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 4 Wonderful Halos mandarin oranges peeled, halved and sliced into 1/4 inch half moons
  • 1/3 cup almonds if you have Marcona, splurge and use them here, otherwise, any almond is perfect
  • 1/4 cup fennel fronds

Instructions

Make the dressing:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mandarin orange juice, honey and mustard.
  • While whisking, drizzle in the olive oil and continue whisking until the dressing is fully emulsified.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Make the salad:

  • In a bowl, toss together the kale, fennel and red onion.
  • Dress with about 1/4 cup of the dressing and toss well.
  • Transfer the salad to a serving bowl, and top with mandarins, almonds and fennel fronds.
  • Serve with remaining dressing on the side.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2220IU | Vitamin C: 50.5mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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