Kale, Tangerine, Pepita Salad + 3 Tips for the Best Winter Salad

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This kale, tangerine, pepita salad brings together some of the best flavors of winter! Make it and get my tips for making the best winter salad.
Winter Salad Kale Tangerine Pepita Salad

 

Winter salads are a thing. I know. There’s nothing like warm soup or stew when it’s cold and dreary outside. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always reach for salads in the winter but a girl’s gotta get her greens and an easy to prep winter salad is a perfect way to do it. I am trying to convince myself of this just as much as you.

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You can make a delicious winter salad that just wouldn’t be the same once the warmer weather starts to make its way in. Here are 3 easy steps to make your next winter salad work:

  1. Pile on hardy greens. Greens like kale love colder temps so they taste better this time of year. I like baby kale, Dino or Tuscan kale but you can also use regular green kale – if you massage it. (Read below for the deets.) Mustard greens add a punch of spice and would be delicious mixed with other greens. Collard greens are also delicious but can be hard to chew when raw. Try lightly sautéing them in olive oil as the base for a warm salad.
  2. Choose citrus. While apples, pears and grapes are delicious winter fruits, citrus thrives in winter. That means it’s less expensive, tastes great, and abundant. I chose tangerines here but there’s no shortage of regular navel, Cara Cara, or blood oranges, grapefruit and even pomelo available. Use the fruit segments in the salad and swap the juice for vinegar in a vinaigrette to boost the flavor and vitamin C of the dish.
  3. Add some crunch. Use root vegetables like carrots, roasted chickpeas, nuts, or seeds to add texture and crunch to your salad mix.

Now, you have the base of a delicious winter salad. Add grilled fish, chicken, boiled eggs, or tofu for protein and your salad is complete!

Here’s how these steps come together in my Kale & Tangerine salad.  For the vinaigrette, juice a tangerine, combine with extra virgin olive oil, a little apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a jar. You can also add a little fresh ginger if you have it.

Tangerine Vinaigrette

Unless you’re using baby kale, remove the kale stems, slice, and give it a little massage. 💆‍♀️

Massaging kale: This process helps break down the fibers and turns the kale into a silkier texture for salads. Add shredded kale plus 1 tbsp olive oil to a large bowl.

How to Massage Kale

Massage (or knead) with your hands until the kale develops a vibrant green color and feels softer, about 3-5 minutes. See the difference?

 

Massaged Kale

Once your kale is silky smooth, toss the salad ingredients together ending with a hefty sprinkle of roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas – the green ones). And it’s done!

Kale Tangerine Pepita Salad PIN

Winterize your salad with hardy greens and citrus for a winter salad that satisfies.

Kale, Tangerine, Pepita Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Winterize your salad with hardy greens and citrus for a cool weather salad that satisfies. This kale, tangerine, pepita salad brings together some of the best flavors of winter!

Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Marisa Moore Nutrition
Ingredients
  • 1 small bunch kale, de-stemmed and shredded (or 1 package Sprouts baby kale)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and segmented
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds or pepitas (try the bulk bins)
  • coarse salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Tangerine Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed tangerine juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • coarse salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add the shredded kale plus 1 tbsp olive oil to a large bowl. Massage (or knead) with your hands until the kale develops a vibrant green color and feels softer, about 3-5 minutes. This step is not required for the baby kale.

  2. Add the vinaigrette ingredients to a jar. Shake until combined. Set aside.

  3. Toss the massaged or baby kale with the tangerine vinaigrette and top with tangerine segments and pumpkin seeds and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Pair with crispy or roasted tofu, broiled salmon, or grilled chicken for a complete meal.

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