Check Out the Perfect Fall Kale Salad!

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Trying to Make Kale Work in Your Life?

This is my Organic Warm Roasted Carrot and Kale Salad which is a staple for fall meals in my home.

This perfect fall kale salad is always a hit for my guests and works for any holiday. For us, I like to make it in the fall for Sukkot or in the Spring for Passover.

It is a great accompaniment for any meat but especially good with Lamb! I also will make this kale salad when I am craving a nice soup but need more than that and bread is not going to cut it. It is hearty and filling!

Layers of Flavor

You will find many layers of flavor in this salad and I am a flavor junkie! When people eat it they are surprised by the many flavors that complement each other and will literally say that. That is when I know I have done my job. You will not get the usual “great salad” or “thanks for the salad”.

The layers….. lime, cilantro, cinnamon, pears or apples and sweet roasted carrots. While eating it people will discuss the individual flavors they find and comment on how they would have never thought of it and then ask for seconds!

You will need pickled onions which are almost always in my kitchen. The best part is it does not take long for the lime to do its work on the onion so you can prep right before making the salad.

How to make the pickled onions:

  • Slice a medium red onion thinly and place in stainless or glass bowl.
  • Zest a lime and set zest aside to sprinkle on the salad later as a garnish.
  • Juice the lime over the onions.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil (optional I use this if I am making a dressing from the lime juice)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Toss a couple of times and chill for 30 minutes
Pickled Onions

Warm Carrots and Kale Salad

  • 1 large or 2 smaller bunches of regular Curly Kale or 3 bunches of the Tuscan or Lacinto Kale
  • 4 large carrots sliced diagonally or on an angle
  • 2 medium apples (I like Fuji) or 2 pears depending on the season
  • pickled onions with lime juice and lime zest
  • Grape tomatoes (optional)
  • Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg to taste
  • Sea salt and Pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro

Turn on oven to bake @ 350 degrees. Wash all of your veggies and pat dry.

  • Slice carrots on the diagonal about a 1/4 of an inch thick or less and place in a bowl. Lightly drizzle olive oil over carrots and toss. I lightly coat carrots with allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss until all carrots are coated.
  • Place on cookie sheet and lightly dust with sea salt and pepper.
  • Place in oven for 20 minutes or until soft. They will shrink. Cook less if you like them firmer.
Spiced carrots
  • Prep Kale – chop or pull apart leaves after removing from the spine. Place in large salad bowl.
  • Chop Cilantro.
  • Peel apples or pears and chop into bite-size chunks and set aside.
Organic Fuji Apples

Wrapping it Up!

Once the carrots are finished roasting add 1/2 picked onions with the lime juice to the salad. Drizzle the lime juice from the onions onto the kale. Then I lightly drizzle olive oil salt and pepper to taste over the salad and toss.

You can add your favorite dressing as well if the lime and oil combo is not enough for you. I found Brianna’s Cilantro Lime dressing at my local Fresh Market that is fantastic over this salad which is one of the healthier bottled dressings I have found.

I toss the leaves with it after I toss the oil and lime juice. Yes, do it all!

Once the Kale is lightly coated add tomatoes, fruit, the remaining onions and then the warm carrots. I semi toss the toppings in so they do not go to the bottom of the salad but get some dressing on the toppings and you also get the warm spices on the kale.

Warm Carrot and Kale Salad

Garnish with lime zest and Cilantro and serve. I promise this salad will be a huge hit!

Kale Salad with Tomato Bisque

Adjust as needed for your tastes!

I serve this salad with a side of soup or add freshly grilled steak, lamb or chicken after tossing.

Let me know how it turns out for you! Before you go check out my Chimichurri Mistake! It is delicious!

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44 responses to “Check Out the Perfect Fall Kale Salad!”

  1. Marianne Avatar

    Looks delicious! My family would definitely like this recipe!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It is a favorite for guests!

  2. Heather Avatar

    This salad looks amazing. It contains so many yummy things. I will have to try it while on vacation next week.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You will love it! People get so excited about it!

  3. Ramae Avatar

    This looks delicious! I absolutely love kale and am always looking for new ways to eat it. Thanks!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Many layers of flavor! Let me know how it works for you!

  4. Laura Avatar

    Great recipes. I am not a huge veggie eater. I know I need to eat more. Many of these looked great!

  5. Dee Avatar

    Yum! I love kale and use it for my smoothies. This salad looks delish.

  6. Dennis Avatar

    Delicious and healthy! What a great combination! It can be tricky to work kale into your diet.

  7. Monica Avatar

    I love new salad ideas and cinnamon is so fall. I have sweet potatoes that I’d love to try this with too. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Kirsten Avatar

    This would be a great side dish for Thanksgiving! It’s always good to have a healthy choice!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      We were thinking of adding it to our menu!

  9. Kathryn at Avatar

    Great recipe! I know some people hate kale, but I’m a huge fan of it! I like the spicy bite it adds to a salad. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I like it too but it is even better in this salad!

  10. Melanie Walsh Avatar
    Melanie Walsh

    That sounds absolutely divine. I worked in a vegetarian restaurant in college and became a total salad snob. No more boring lettuce and dressing. I want all the flavors and all the STUFF!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you! This definitely has it!

  11. Susan Franklin Avatar

    Your plating is beautiful – makes my mouth water just looking at the pictures.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awwww thanks so much Susan! I am new to photography so that means a lot.

  12. Kim Avatar

    This looks delicious! I was on a kale kick for a long time and then I had enough! This salad looks like the perfect way to get back into it. I really want to try the pickled onions!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      They are great on anything you want onions on! Especially burgers.

  13. Jennifer Avatar

    This looks delicious!!!! I love Kale, but have not had it in a while. I will have to introduce this salad to my family. Thanks!

  14. janice sisemore Avatar

    Never heard of pickle onion . interesting

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Tastes delish! Definitely give it a try!

  15. Crystal Avatar

    I already love kale, but this looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it.

  16. Noelle Avatar

    I love the spiced carrots addition.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It makes a huge difference with those spices. And it really makes it into a meal!

  17. Nikki Avatar

    This salad looks awesome. I always wondered how to make pickled onions – now i know!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Super easy! I make them all the time now.

  18. Nicki Avatar

    I’m not a huge fan on kale but this will have to try! Thanks.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      When I came up with it I was not sure I was going to like it, either. But it really has so many flavors!

  19. Katie Avatar

    Yum! I like kale but hardly cook it. This is a great idea!

  20. Pam Avatar

    I’ll definitely have to try this one! I love all the ingredients and my son is a huge pickled onion fan, so he’ll be interested for that alone!

  21. Jocelyn Avatar

    Yum! I am willing to try kale more if I have more recipes and ideas like this! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Let me know how you like it!

  22. Vessy Avatar

    Wooow! This looks soooo good! I always LOVE to discover new ways to use kale! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Let me know if you try it! We love to add grilled steak to it sometimes!

  23. T.M. Brown Avatar

    This looks quite delicious, to be honest! I may very well have to give it a try. I have’t had enough experience with kale in the past, but this salad does seem enticing and….my goodness, healthy!! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Cynthia Mackintosh Avatar

    I need to make this! I love salads and kale is so good for you. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I was really surprised how good Kale can be in a salad. And it is hearty and filling too!

  25. Jenny Avatar

    This actually looks delicious. I love cooked kale. I also like to hide it in smoothies. I have yet to try it in a salad. I think my husband would even like this recipe. I will pin this for my next kale adventure.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It has a ton of flavor. With all of the spices, tangy lime and sweet fruit, it really is satisfying!

  26. Becki Svare Avatar

    I love a good kale salad! This sounds delicious!!

  27. Gennel zimmerman Avatar
    Gennel zimmerman

    Kale rocks. anything kale. thanks !

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