Cranberry Pecan Kale Salad

Happy Thanksgiving Season to everyone!  Here is a super easy and festive salad to throw together quickly if you are looking for a side, the Cranberry Pecan Kale Salad.

Cranberry Pecan Kale Salad

This Cranberry Pecan Kale Salad makes a great addition to any holiday feast. During the past few years hidden amongst the mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, turkey, and pies at our Thanksgiving is nestled a green salad as I am trying to include more greens in our lifestyle.  Since cranberries and pecans are often used throughout the holidays, I thought their inclusion to the salad would be a festive treat.  And since my kids have been “krazy” for kale recently, kale makes the base of this salad. The rest of the family enjoys feta cheese on this salad.

Festive Cranberry  Pecan Kale Salad

To make this great salad spectacular you can toast the pecans and add thin slices of red onion.  We have turned this kale salad into our main meal before with added protein to the salad like more nuts or chopped ham.

Festive Cranberry Pecan Kale Salad

Cranberry Pecan Kale Salad

Cranberry Pecan Kale Salad


  • 1 bunch of kale leaves, washed and massaged for a minute (I like to use 1 big leaf per person)
  • handful of pecans, almonds or walnuts (toasting is optional)
  • handful of dried cranberries
  • optional, red onion, thinly sliced to taste
  • olive oil
  • rice wine vinegar


  1. Mix kale, pecans, and cranberries in a large salad bowl.
  2. Sprinkle vinegar and drizzle olive oil over the salad and toss.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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