This super easy pomegranate kale salad is seriously good! Crunchy kale and broccoli are tossed together with sweet apples and pomegranate seeds and dressed with a zesty champagne dressing. This broccoli salad is so bright and colorful and diverse in flavors and textures – every bite is packed with incredible flavor. I always make this easy salad recipe as a side dish for holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and for all my dinner parties! It’s always a hit! Plus, it keeps really well overnight so you can enjoy it the next day, too.
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Ingredients for Kale Salad
Here are the main ingredients you’ll need for this easy recipe:
- Kale: regular, full-grown kale works best for this recipe. You can also use baby kale.
- Pomegranate: sweet, juicy and crunch pomegranate arils add lots of great flavor!
- Apples: any variety of apples will work great for this salad. I recommend a sweet and crispy apple.
- Salad Dressing: my favorite dressing for this salad is zesty French vinaigrette or champagne dressing. You can use balsamic dressing here, too.
How to Make Pomegranate Kale Salad
I love how quick and easy this salad is to make! Here’s how it’s done:
- Prepare the kale. Wash, trim and pat dry the kale leaves, then chop the kale into small, bite sized pieces. Don’t make the chunks too big!
- Next, prepare the remaining salad ingredients. Wash and chop the broccoli and apples into small pieces. Dice the onion. Chop the pecans.
- Clean the pomegranate, leaving just the arils for the salad.
- Combine everything in an extra large mixing bowl and add the champagne dressing. Toss everything together and enjoy!
Make Ahead Instructions!
This kale salad is super easy to prepare ahead of time! When I’m planning my holiday menu, I usually make this side dish a day ahead of time and leave it undressed. Just dice, chop and place everything into a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate the salad until ready to add the dressing and toss to serve!
The Perfect Side Salad!
This kale broccoli salad is my go-to for many meat dishes! It goes so well with holiday garlic turkey, oven-roasted whole duck, grilled steak, smoked ribs or even my garlic lamb chops. Serve it with a side of mashed potatoes, or my garlic baby potatoes. The flavor is not overwhelming and my guests always come back for seconds or even third helpings. It’s one of those salads that refreshes your palate and will have you asking for more. I always make a HUGE batch of this broccoli salad recipe for parties and on the rare occasion that I have some left over, I store this salad overnight in the fridge for the next day.
Want more side dish ideas for a dinner party or holiday? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Loaded Garlic & Bacon Potatoes – the ultimate potato side recipe loaded with bacon bits, garlic, fresh herbs and cheese!
- Avocado Citrus Salad – bright and refreshing arugula salad topped with avocado, oranges, fennel, cucumbers and a lemon vinaigrette! Great for spring and summer!
- Cucumber Cabbage Salad with almonds – easy, refreshing and crunchy salad with sliced cucumbers and toasted almonds!
- Kale Sweet Potato Salad – another fantastic kale salad recipe with oven-roasted sweet potatoes and cheese!
- Prosciutto Arugula Apple Salad – a quick and easy salad with prosciutto, cheese, apples, candied pecans and zesty dressing! The perfect side salad for any entrée!
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Pomegranate Kale Salad Recipe (video)
- 1 small head of leafy kale
- 1 small head of broccoli
- 2 small apples, diced
- 1 medium pomegranate
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup champagne dressing
- Wash and dry the kale leaves. Using a sharp knife, cut away the hard core on each leaf. Then, slice into thin stripes. Chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces.
- Place all the salad ingredients into a large bowl and add the dressing. Toss all the ingredients together until well combined.
- TIPS: reserve a handful of pomegranate seeds to garnish the top when serving. If making the salad ahead of time, layer all the ingredients, then add the dressing right before serving.