Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Orange and Pine Nuts

by Rachel Gurk on December 10, 2013 · 52 comments

in Salads, Vegetarian

This Kale Salad is full of bright flavors and not only tastes great but is also so good for you. It would be beautiful on your Christmas table.

Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Oranges and Toasted Pine Nuts on RachelCooks.com

 

Today is a special day. Today is Bev’s SURPRISE virtual baby shower and we’re sending TWICE the love her way because she’s having TWO babies! If you haven’t had your coffee yet today, we’re talking twins! I am so, so, so thrilled for Bev. She’s going to be an absolutely amazing mom.

Need proof?

She makes mouth-watering food and is probably the most hilarious person I’ve ever met (although we haven’t met in real life — we need to fix that, Bev!). What kid wouldn’t love that combination?

Need more proof? Check out the gorgeous space she created for her babes in this post about her nursery.

And if you still need proof, read this post about her journey to get pregnant. But make sure you have tissues ready.

And if you don’t love Bev after reading that, well you can just move along then. Today is Bev’s day. I’ve teamed up with a bunch of Bev’s blogging buddies (there’s a lot of us — Bev, you’re very much loved!) to throw this fun surprise shower for her.

Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Oranges and Pine Nuts on RachelCooks.com

 

I made kale salad with pomegranate, oranges and pine nuts. It’s a perfect winter salad and won’t leave you looking for your chunky sweater to hide in. It’s filling and flavorful. And it has toasted pine nuts which I would eat by the handful if I had an unlimited budget.

Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Oranges and Pine Nuts on RachelCooks.com

 

I hope you enjoy every word, every recipe and all the love from your virtual shower, Bev. We all love you and can’t wait to meet Natalie and Will. You’re going to be really, really good at this mom thing. xoxo

 

Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Orange and Pine Nuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 side servings

This Kale Salad is full of bright flavors and not only tastes great but is also so good for you. It would be beautiful on your Christmas table.

Ingredients

    For the Salad
  • 1 bunch kale leaves, stems and tough sections removed
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 navel oranges
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • For the Dressing
  • reserved juice from the oranges, or about 1/4 cup
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut or tear kale into bite sized pieces and place in a large zip-top bag. Cut the segments out of the oranges over a bowl to catch the juice. (If you don’t know how to do that, here is a great tutorial from Cookin’ Canuck.) Once you have the segments cut out, make sure to squeeze the remaining juice out of the membranes. Save all the juice for the dressing. Place orange segments in a large serving bowl.
  2. To the orange juice, add white wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk with a fork or small whisk and pour into the ziptop bag with the kale. Close the bag, squeezing the air out. Massage the kale with the dressing for 1-2 minutes and then pour it into the serving bowl with the orange segments. Add pomegranate arils and toss everything together.
  3. Toast pine nuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat, tossing or stirring continuously until golden brown (it doesn’t take long -- don’t walk away!). Remove them from the pan and put them on a plate to cool. Sprinkle toasted pine nuts over salad just prior to serving.
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Want more virtual baby shower food? Check out all the amazing bloggers below and what they brought to the party.

Appetizers
Bacon Cotija Guacamole from Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking
Gruyère Gougères from Shaina of Food for My Family
Lemon Risotto Tarts from Kelly of Live Love Pasta
Goat Cheese Crostini with Pesto and Roasted Red Peppers from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites from Aggie of Aggie’s Kitchen
Roasted Red Grape, Brie and Rosemary Flatbread from Laurie of Simply Scratch
The Fastest Appetizer Ever from Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen
Apple Pear Tart – Two Ways from Sarah of Daisy at Home

Drinks
Chocolate Chai Frappe from Brandy of Nutmeg Nanny
Cherry Chocolate Kiss Smoothie from Amy of Very Culinary
Cranberry Sorbet Bellini – Non-Alcoholic and Alcoholic from Megan of Country Cleaver
Peppermint Mocha Affogato from Christina of Dessert for Two
Toasted Marshmallow Cream Hot Chocolate from Jessica of How Sweet It Is
Pomegranate Lemonade Punch from Heather of Heather Christo

Salads
Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Orange and Pine Nuts from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Pear Cranberry Arugula Salad from Tracy of Shutterbean
Brussels Sprout Salad + maple roasted cranberry dressing from Katie of Yes, I Want Cake
Gluten-Free Pasta Salad from Lisa of With Style and Grace
Hearty Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing from Heather of Heather’s Dish
Winter Citrus Salad from Catherine of Weelicious

Entrees
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Chicken Sausage Pasta from Heidi of FoodieCrush
Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna from Joanne of Fifteen Spatulas
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada ‘Double’ Stacks from Lauren of Climbing Grier Mountain
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup from Kevin of Closet Cooking
Thai Spiced Chicken with Coconut Cream Swiss Chard from Brandi of Bran Apetit
Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche from Tasty Kitchen
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Goat Cheese from Julie of The Little Kitchen

Desserts
Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Averie of Averie Cooks
Glazed Dulce de Leche Pound Cake from Meagan of Scarletta Bakes
Mississippi Mud Pie Brownie Ice Cream from Megan of Take a Megabite
Buttermint Frosted Sugar Cookie Cups from Shelly of Cookie and Cups
4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Sweet Potato Creme Brulee from Brian of A Thought for Food
Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Mint Cookies from Aimée of Simple Bites
Mini Chocolate Stout Cheesecake with Salted Beer Caramel Sauce from Jackie of The Beeroness
Red Velvet Hi Hat Cookies from Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Double Chocolate Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Morgan December 10, 2013 at 3:38 am

This salad looks so good! I love the idea of combining pine nuts and pomegrantes, sounds delicious. I pinned this and plan to make it! What a beautiful idea to throw a virtual baby shower. Bev is sure to feel blessed!

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2 Rachel Gurk December 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

Thanks Morgan! And thank you for the pin!

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3 Sarah | The Sugar Hit December 10, 2013 at 5:28 am

I love seeing the blogging community come out to celebrate one of our own. This salad looks completely delicious, and congratulations to Bev.

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4 Rachel Gurk December 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

Thanks Sarah! I love participating in virtual baby showers! I’ve been on the receiving end and it is so, so special!

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5 Denise December 10, 2013 at 6:32 am

Delicious!

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6 Rachel Gurk December 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

Thanks Denise!

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7 denise December 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Williams-Sonoma has a bunch of Wusthof knives on sale today–don’t know how good it is price-wise (not the cheapest place to shop)

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8 Megan - The Emotional Baker December 10, 2013 at 6:36 am

I can’t wait to try this. What a sweet tribute to Bev!

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9 Rachel Gurk December 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

Thanks Megan!

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10 Bev @ Bev Cooks December 10, 2013 at 7:40 am

I’m DYING right now! Thank you so much and why isn’t my face in that salad!? xoxo!

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11 Rachel Gurk December 10, 2013 at 8:04 am

xoxo! Hope you love everything in your virtual baby shower! We love you!

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12 shelly (cookies and cups) December 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

What a gorgeous salad!

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13 Rachel Gurk December 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

Thanks Shelly! I need to make the rounds still and check out your recipe!

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14 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl December 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

Ok why don’t you live in Grand Rapids? I should have been over to help “Recipe test” the day you made this. ;) xo

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15 Rachel Gurk December 10, 2013 at 9:59 am

That would have been wonderful! Ben wasn’t a fan :(

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16 Cassie December 10, 2013 at 9:01 am

What a perfect winter salad! Love the pomegranates!

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17 Rachel Gurk December 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

Thanks Cassie!

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18 Aimee @ Simple Bites December 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

What a stunning holiday salad! Pinned. ;)

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19 Rachel Gurk December 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thanks Aimee!!

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20 Liz @ Virtually Homemade December 10, 2013 at 10:07 am

What a beautiful salad! The colors are exquisite :)

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21 Heather || Heather's Dish December 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I seriously wish my whole house looked like her kids’ nursery! Such a beautiful space for a beautiful family :)

And this salad?! YES to all of it!

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22 Zainab December 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

This salad is beautiful and vibrant. Much needed lightness around this time of cookies. This post is so beautiful. I hope Bev had a great shower day :)

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23 Aggie December 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Gorgeous festive salad Rachel! I love it! And it’s so healthy :)
I know Bev felt the love today!!

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24 DessertForTwo December 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Yay! It was fun celebrating with you. I’m so into winter salads right now! (or as Bev would say riiiiight nerrrr!)

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25 Lea @ GourmetMommy December 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Yum, love the combo of kale and pomegranates! My kids call the pomegranate seeds salad “candy” and eat them all up. I’ll definitely have to give this recipe a try!

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26 Heather Christo December 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm

what a lovely holiday salad!

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27 Laurie {Simply Scratch} December 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Such a bright and beautiful salad Rachel!

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28 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm

So pretty and so healthy (especially awesome this time of year!) pinned

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29 Lisa [With Style & Grace] December 11, 2013 at 1:52 am

This sounds so refreshing and definitely balances out all the sweet treats about to be consumed!

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30 brandi December 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

this is so beautiful, Rachel!! pass me a bowl, please.

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31 Amelia December 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Beautiful! Looks so festive and perfect for a Christmas side dish!

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32 Gmc January 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm

yummy!

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33 Aqiyl Aniys April 4, 2014 at 10:36 am

Great looking salad! I love the use of kale in contrast to the orange dressing.

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