This Winter Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing is the perfect way to fight off the winter blues. With tons of texture, flavor, and nutrition, you’re sure to love this kale salad tossed with a sweet and flavorful dressing. Vegan, paleo, and gluten-free.

kale salad on a table with a bunch of fresh carrots

During the cold days of winter, it can be challenging to eat fresh and healthy foods. But, I find that when I eat more salads either as a main dish or side dish, it’s so much easier to manage my weight (read more about my healthy weight loss tips for women). And, my skin always looks so much clearer and brighter when I’m eating my leafy greens.

So, I would love to challenge you to try this recipe, even if you are bored of eating salads. The Maple Balsamic Dressing is the key to taking this kale recipe to the next level. You can keep this recipe vegan or plant-based, or add your favorite cooked lean animal protein to make this the perfect paleo meal (see my paleo diet tips for beginners). Either way, this Winter Harvest Salad is sure to satisfy.

Read more about the benefits of eating green vegetables and some creative ways to include them in your diet.

ingredients on a cutting board with labels for maple balsamic vinaigrette

Recipe Steps

Step One

The easiest way to make a kale salad is to buy pre-washed and shredded kale. But, if you want to save money, then you can always wash and shred it yourself. Just buy two bunches of curly green, rinse the leaves under running water, and then pat them dry.

Pull off each leaf from the stems, place them in a mixing bowl, and then use scissors or your hands to shred the leaves into bite-sized pieces.

shredded green kale in a mixing bowl

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

The next step is to prepare the veggies you want to add to your kale salad. Since this is a winter harvest salad, it’s nice to use seasonal vegetables like carrots, radishes, beets, shallots, or whatever you like.

I also like to include a fresh fruit like pear, persimmons, or pomegranate to go on top.

Chop the vegetables and fruit into bite-sized pieces, and toss them with the kale leaves.

ingredients for winter harvest salad on a cutting board

Step Three

The next step is to make the dressing. For this Winter Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing, we’re going to make a super easy dressing that is sweetened with maple syrup.

To make the dressing, just combine your balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and sea salt in a jar with a lid.

ingredients for maple balsamic dressing in a jar

Put the lid tightly on the jar and shake it vigorously for 10-15 seconds.

ingredients for maple balsamic vinaigrette dressing shaken in a jar

Step Four

Pour the dressing over your kale salad and use a spoon or your hands to mix together.

kale salad with winter vegetables tossed together in a bowl

Step Five

If you can, let your Sweet Kale Salad sit for 15 minutes before serving. The kale will become more tender as it sits with the dressing. Otherwise, you can serve it right away.

Either way, I think you are really going to love this salad. The maple balsamic dressing makes all the difference. I would go as far as to say that this kale salad is scrumptiously delicious!

kale salad served with a wooden fork

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FAQs

Can I make this salad recipe using baby spinach?

Yes, but the spinach doesn’t hold up as well as the kale, so it may become soggy.

Can I use Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale for this recipe?

Yes, but curly kale is the preferred type of kale for this salad. It is the most tender of the types of kale.

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kale salad served in a white bowl topped with sliced pear

Winter Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing


Description

This Winter Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing is the perfect way to fight off the winter blues. With tons of texture, flavor, and nutrition, you’re sure to love this kale salad tossed with a sweet and flavorful dressing. Vegan, paleo, and gluten-free.


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Ingredients

  • 2 bunches curly kale, washed and patted dry
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and patted dry
  • 24 small radishes, scrubbed and patted dry
  • 2 cooked beets
  • 1 pear
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Pull off each kale leaf from the stems, place them in a large mixing bowl, and then use scissors or your hands to shred the leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Chop the carrots, radishes, beets, and pear into bite-sized pieces, and add them to the mixing bowl with the kale. Toss to combine and set the mixing bowl aside while you make the dressing.
  3. Make the dressing, combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and sea salt in a jar with a lid.
  4. Put the lid tightly on the jar and shake it vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  5. Pour the dressing over your kale salad and use a spoon or your hands to mix together.
  6. If you can, let your Sweet Kale Salad sit for 15 minutes before serving. The kale will become more tender as it sits with the dressing. Otherwise, you can serve it right away.

Notes

  1. The easiest way to make a kale salad is to buy pre-washed and shredded kale. But, if you want to save money, then you can always wash and shred it yourself. Just buy two bunches of curly green, rinse the leaves under running water, and then pat them dry.
  2. Feel free to use whatever seasonal vegetables or fruits you can find. Other alternatives include pomegranates, shallots, persimmons, oranges, and fennel.
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Chopping
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: balsamic maple vinaigrette, healthy kale salad, sweet kale salad

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