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Sweet Orange Kale Salad

Oh hiiii there.  It’s been a few too many days since I last posted.  So let’s get right down to it.

Sweet Orange Kale Salad |

Meals around here have been quick + dirty lately.  Not much fuss, not much cleanup, but still healthy.  This salad is pretty basic.  It has a bright + lively burst of orange and tons of those kale nutrients we all love.

While basic, I love showing side dishes and meals like this because I think it helps show how simple food can be.  This takes just under 10 minutes to get from your kitchen to your table.  While it isn’t exactly a main course, I could see it easily paired or topped with roasted chickpeas, quinoa, avocado, tempeh, baked sweet potato, and the list goes on.  How about some avocado toast?  That takes all of 3 1/2 minutes to make.

Sweet Orange Kale Salad |

So there you go.  Dinner [or lunch] in under 15 minutes.  Kale salad + avocado toast.  BAM.  Just like that and we’re done.

Sweet Orange Kale Salad |

Our dinners go in waves around here.  Sometimes I have them planned out for the week and sometimes not.  Sometimes they take an hour to make and sometimes they’re what you see above with a carb-loaded side.  The weeks have been chaotic lately but it’s these quick + nutrient dense recipes that keep me from running for takeout or freezer meals. 

Sweet Orange Kale Salad |

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Sweet Orange Kale Salad gluten-free, vegan // yields 2 large servings

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeeze orange juice, strained
  • 3 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, stems removed
  • 1-2 oranges, peeled + segments sliced out
  • toasted pecans

Place the juice, oil, vinegar, maple syrup, zest, salt, and cayenne pepper in a jar.  Seal the jar and shake vigorously until combined.  Taste and adjust as needed [pinch more salt/cayenne/zest/etc. if desired].

Tear or chop kale leaves and place in a large bowl.  Pour desired amount of dressing over the greens and sprinkle with salt.  Massage the dressing into the greens and add more if needed.  Portion out and top with orange segments and pecans.

Sweet Orange Kale Salad |

Any quick + dirty meals you’re loving lately?  I am still on a simple loaded soup kick over here!


Reader Comments (14)

This is a prime example of the type of meals I love - simple, but so delicious and packed with nutrition. And I love ACV dressing!! Thanks so much for sharing!
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercandace | yogabycandace
I love the idea of this salad and avocado toast. Yussss. My fave quick, healthy meal lately has been vegetarian chili- cooked lentils which I almost always have prepared ahead of time, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and some beans and BOOM. Chili.
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSophie
Healthy and yummy!!
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHari Chandana
I am loving citrus lately - oranges are so delicious right now! This looks very tasty. Definitely adding to my recipe list.
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChicago Jogger
What a pretty salad! This is right up my alley: quick, easy, nutrient-dense. Love it.
One of the prettiest salads I have seen! Looks delicious :)
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWeekly Bite
This is a BEAUTIFUL recipe. I love how citrus makes the intoxicating color of leafy greens just pop with both flavor and color. This is an excellent way to showcase both!:) Thanks for sharing with us!
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather@TheSoulfulSpoon
just bought some kale and tiny oranges (dont know what they are called) last night will be trying this salad.
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdixya
Oranges and kale sound like the makings of a fantastic salad! Plus the crunch of the nuts--yes please. This may have to be my solution for some of the oranges on our backyard tree. :)
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
Oranges and kale sound like the makings of a fantastic salad! Plus the crunch of the nuts--yes please. This may have to be my solution for some of the oranges on our backyard tree. :)
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
Quick recipes like this are the beessssst! So easy and good for the soul!
I love that bright and zingy dressing; such a lovely ray of sunshine!
January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
Citrus fruit is so comforting in the winter. This looks delicious! Some roasted tofu or chickpeas on top would require some extra effort but may be worth it.
January 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKale Crusaders
@Sophie - Love the idea for a quick chili!

@Heather - Thank you so much!

@Eileen - Totally jealous of your orange tree!!!

@Kale Crusaders - Definitely worth it!
January 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley

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