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5 from 3 votes

Our Staple Kale Salad (with cranberries + feta!)

Simple and so tasty, this kale salad has feta cheese, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds all tossed in a tangy lemon vinaigrette. It's our go-to recipe because of the simplicity and perfect blend of salty, sweet, soft and crunchy.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Low Calorie, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 248kcal



  • 8 cups kale loosely packed; washed & torn into bite-sized pieces; see note 1
  • cup feta cheese crumbled
  • cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon dijon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt & pepper


  • Tear kale into bite-sized pieces (making sure to remove the thick part of the stem). Wash, then spin dry.
  • In a large bowl, massage the kale with clean hands for 1-2 minutes, until soft and bright green.
    massaging kale in a salad spinner
  • Add the feta, cranberries and almonds.
    kale in salad bowl with almonds, cranberries and feta cheese
  • Shake together vinaigrette ingredients. Add to salad and toss. Serve immediately.



This salad keeps *OK* for up to 24 hours, but gets soggy after that. You can prep components ahead and assemble just before serving to save time:
  • prepare you kale up to a week ahead (tear, wash, spin to dry and store in a produce saver or a large storage container)
  • prepare the dressing 2-3 weeks ahead and store in the fridge
  • crumble feta cheese up to 7 days ahead
  • cranberries- swap for dried cherries, fresh berries, pear slices, apple slices, peach slices
  • feta cheese- swap for bacon, goat cheese, smoked gouda, parmesan crisps
  • almonds- swap for sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans
  • vinaigrette- swap for balsamic vinaigrette, balsamic reduction, raspberry basil vinaigrette


Serving: 1/6 of the batch | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 705mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 13440IU | Vitamin C: 161.3mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 2.4mg