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Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Orange and Pine Nuts

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

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

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.


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


  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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57 Responses to “Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Orange and Pine Nuts”

  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!

    • Rachel Gurk — December 10th, 2013 @ 9:51 am

      Thanks Morgan! And thank you for the pin!

  2. 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.

    • Rachel Gurk — December 10th, 2013 @ 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!

  3. Denise — December 10, 2013 at 6:32 am


    • Rachel Gurk — December 10th, 2013 @ 9:52 am

      Thanks Denise!

      • denise — December 10th, 2013 @ 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)

  4. Megan - The Emotional Baker — December 10, 2013 at 6:36 am

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

    • Rachel Gurk — December 10th, 2013 @ 9:52 am

      Thanks Megan!

  5. 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!

    • Rachel Gurk — December 10th, 2013 @ 8:04 am

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

  6. shelly (cookies and cups) — December 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

    What a gorgeous salad!

    • Rachel Gurk — December 10th, 2013 @ 9:58 am

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

  7. 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

    • Rachel Gurk — December 10th, 2013 @ 9:59 am

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

  8. Cassie — December 10, 2013 at 9:01 am

    What a perfect winter salad! Love the pomegranates!

    • Rachel Gurk — December 10th, 2013 @ 10:01 am

      Thanks Cassie!

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

    What a stunning holiday salad! Pinned. 😉

    • Rachel Gurk — December 10th, 2013 @ 10:02 am

      Thanks Aimee!!

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

    What a beautiful salad! The colors are exquisite :)

  11. 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!

  12. 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 :)

  13. 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!!

  14. 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!)

  15. 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!

  16. Heather Christo — December 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    what a lovely holiday salad!

  17. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Such a bright and beautiful salad Rachel!

  18. Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm

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

  19. 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!

  20. brandi — December 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

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

  21. Amelia — December 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

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

  22. Gmc — January 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm


  23. 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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