Cranberry Kale Salad

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Raw

This simple and delicious cranberry kale salad is the perfect mix of healthy and convenient. It is virtually allergen-free, and has enough “warm” qualities to be winter-appropriate.


16 0z baby kale
1 cup dried cranberries (no sugar added)
1 shallot
3 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon juiced and zest
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp honey
1/2 cup slivered almonds or crushed pistachios
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt/pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts

Makes approx 3 cups
Per 1 cup serving
230 calories
17g fat (olive oil mostly)
960mg potassium, 27% RDA
5.6g fiber
5.5g sugar
8.2g protein
Vitamin C 300% RDA
Vitamin A 460% RDA
Calcium 26% RDA
Iron 19% RDA


Dice garlic and shallots and place in sauce pan with coconut oil until lightly brown. Add cranberries, honey vinegar, and lemon juice and stir another 1-2 minutes until well mixed. Pour over baby kale. Add almonds. Season with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Tips

This cranberry kale salad is packed with antioxidants. The garlic and shallots along with the lemon and honey provide anti-biotic and anti-fungal benefits. The protein from the almonds balances out the effects of the fructose from the honey and cranberries so your blood sugar stays even.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), raw salads are meant for warm weather. However, we all want to get our servings of dark leafy greens for their amazing health benefits. This cranberry kale salad is the perfect compromise. The garlic and shallots add enough warmth to help offset the raw greens. Massaging the greens or using baby kale adds to the digestibility of the fiber, which also helps preserve spleen qi or digestive energy. The sweetness of the honey and cranberries supports spleen qi further, as sweet is the flavor of the earth element. Lemon and garlic help drain “dampness”, a term used to describe such symptoms as swelling, water retention, mucus, brain fog, frontal headaches, and cloudy urine.

If you need help balancing digestion, treating dampness symptoms or boosting energy, try acupuncture.

Learn More

Read more about the Benefits of Flavonoids in your food.

Another antioxidant packed side dish is Creamed Kale and Spinach.

Try another winter salad recipe: Red Quinoa Winter Salad.

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