Winter Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

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You’re going to want to make this salad. It’s bright, it’s filling, it’s got crunch, and it’s good for you.

It’s pretty perfect actually.

The kale I used for this salad isn’t the kale I normally cook with. It’s not the kale you find pre-cut in the bags, you might have to look a little harder for this kale, at least as far as I can tell. It’s called lacinato kale and I’m pretty sure you can find it at a Whole Foods, or any farmers market or grocery that has a good selection of greens. Apparently, this kale goes by a few names…dinosaur kale, tuscan kale, cavolo nero and black kale. I’ve been getting bunches of it in my weekly CSA pickups, but I’ve also seen it at one of my smaller produce markets locally. Look for it, it’s good.

I have nothing against curly kale, it makes awesome kale chips (if you haven’t tried kale chips, you have to)…it’s just not my favorite when it comes to salads. This lacinato kale has pretty much opened up a whole new world of kale salad for me. It’s not as tough, and has a better, slightly sweeter flavor to it. It makes a great swap for fresh spinach in any salad in my opinion (I should mention…if you can’t find this kale, just go ahead and make this salad with fresh spinach).

Let’s talk about the vinaigrette now. I was recently sent a generous sample of meyer lemons from Dandy Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to play with and host a giveaway for my readers (see bottom of post for details!). I immediately knew I wanted to make a vinaigrette with them, among other things…(stay tuned for an arugula pesto recipe!). If you’ve never tried meyer lemons, you must. They are the perfect combination of sweet and sour, still tangy but bright and mild enough to use in so many ways (check out this post for 12 recipes using meyer lemons!)

This salad is super simple to put together and will be sure to brighten up any winter day. Enjoy!!


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Winter Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette


For the salad:

  • bunch of lacinato kale (aka dinosaur kale, black kale, tuscan kale), cut into strips
  • handful of dried cranberries
  • handful of toasted walnuts, chopped
  • handful of crumbled goat cheese

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1 meyer lemon, juiced
  • zest from 1 meyer lemon
  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • zest from orange
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • pinch salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Prepare salad in large plate or bowl by combining kale, cranberries, walnuts and goat cheese.
  2. In a jar or other container, combine juices of meyer lemon and orange, zest, honey, salt, pepper and olive oil. Shake vigorously until thoroughly blended. Spoon over salad and gently toss to combine.
  3. Store vinaigrette in container in refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Congratulations to winners Sherri and Elena!

Now for the giveaway…Dandy will provide TWO winners with a bag of their own meyer lemons along with a $25 gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma. Here’s how to enter:


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