Cranberry Walnut Kale Salad with Fresh Cranberry Vinaigrette

Many people, myself included, sometimes shy away from kale if you have experienced a bitter bite of its leaves. But if you find young, tender kale, it can be mild and pleasant and not too tough on the palate. However, if you really are anti-kale, do try this salad with the greens of your choice. Just dress it right before serving.
Cranberry Walnut Kale Salad in wooden bowls
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Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting TIme 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 474kcal
Author Liren Baker


  • 4 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
  • 8 oz fresh kale preferably Tuscan, and young leaves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • additional salt & pepper to taste


  • In a small sauce pan, place fresh cranberries, water and sugar over medium heat. Let it come to a boil and once the first cranberry pops, simmer for about 5 minutes until all the cranberries pop open. Place in a blender and puree till smooth. Add the vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper and blend. Add the olive oil and blend again. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Trim kale by removing stems/stalks and tearing the leaves into bit sized pieces. Toss in a bowl with dried cranberries, walnuts, red onion and just enough dressing to lightly coat the kale. Reserve remaining dressing until ready to serve. Cover and refrigerate the salad for at least half an hour, or overnight.
  • Serve with a light drizzle of additional dressing if desired.


Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 5680IU | Vitamin C: 73.2mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2mg
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