Fall Harvest Kale Salad

Hi, my name is Amanda and I have eaten WAY too much of my kids’ Hallloween candy this week. Between Covid and Election 2020 stress, can you blame me? But here’s the thing—I’m balancing my sweet tooth with one of my favorite, healthy Fall-themed dishes. While kale might not be as tasty as candy, I can guarantee that my Fall Harvest Kale Salad is the perfect combo of sweet and savory flavors, especially when paired with my homemade Lemon Honey Vinaigrette that packs the perfect tangy punch.

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One of the reasons why I love this Fall Harvest Kale Salad is because you don’t have to take the time to massage the kale (I mean, if I haven’t gotten a massage in months, kale doesn’t deserve it either) and because it can stay in the fridge, fully dressed, for days without becoming soggy. Just a little prep work and you can eat healthy (in between candy snack sessions) while enjoying some tasty Fall flavors.


For the salad:

  • 3 cups leafy green kale (washed, removed from ribs and stems, and chopped)
  • 1 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (a perfect post-Halloween perk!)
  • 2 cups diced sauteed sweet potato
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup shaved parmesan cheese

For the Lemon Honey Vinaigrette:

Combine in a Mason jar or other sealed, glass container:

  • Juice of two lemons (about ¾ of a cup)
  • 1 ½ cup good olive oil (we love the Arbequina variety)
  • Two tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Now that you have all of your ingredients, you can get to work on making your Fall Harvest Salad in a large bowl (Crate and Barrel has the absolute BEST wooden salad bowls and serving utensils), or taking a page out of Ain’t Too Proud to Meg’s stylish diary and serving it as a salad board or salad tray.

I love this new trend because people can choose exactly which parts of the salad that they want (a great option for picky eaters, no matter the age) and it’s simply a gorgeous presentation. Just be sure to use a board with a lip (check out this GORGEOUS leaf-shaped serving board) to keep all those yummy flavors on the board instead of the table or floor! Serve the Lemon Honey Dressing on the side and you are all set!

Looking for more delicious recipes? Then be sure to check out this list of my family’s favorite recipes, including my very popular Ultimate Spring Salad and Copycat Portillo’s Chopped Salad.

Bon Appetite!


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