Kale Salad with Parmesan, Cranberry and Pine Nuts

by Lauren


Remember when I was ecstatic about summer? I once was over the moon, over joyed, and absolutely smitten with the idea of summer.

I changed my mind. I’m over it. All the fans are sold out and I live in a sauna.  I’ll miss fresh basil but other than that, I’m totally ready for Fall.

Big, juicy, apple pies. Seeing my breath in the morning. Cozy sweaters. Colorful leaves. Boots (Boots!). Pumpkin. Casseroles. I’m ready!


Remember this tarragon & mint vinaigrette?? This salad is what I put it on and it was quite the pairing.

Sweet cranberries, crunchy toasted pine nuts, salty parmesan, and bitter kale tossed, piled high, and made into a healthy salad.

I never would have thought my life would amount to enjoying a kale salad. Kale! I was the kid who liked the crunchy white parts of the lettuce (with absolutely no health benefits) the best because the leafy part was too green. Now look at me. Sheesh.


I won’t tell you about my green stuff fears as a child again but let me assure you, my mom never would have made kale and expected anyone at the dinner table to eat it, let alone enjoy it.

My dad may or may not still have a green stuff fear, frozen peas are of course the exception.

Now, I love kale. Love, love, love. I love it in my scrambled eggs, salads, paninis, frittatas, homemade juice, stir fry, wilted on veggie burgers, and more. The options are endless.


Soooo what in the world are you having for dinner tonight? What about lunch today? Tomorrow? This salad is really good idea.

Kale Salad with Parmesan, Cranberry and Pine Nuts

Print Recipe


1 bunch kale, chopped

1 cup quinoa, cooked

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup fresh parmesan, diced

1/2 cup tarragon & mint vinaigrette (or more to taste)


Combine salad ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss with dressing.


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7 Responses to “Kale Salad with Parmesan, Cranberry and Pine Nuts”

  1. This salad sounds like such a delicious combination of flavours and textures. Yay for kale!

  2. I love fresh kale salads! This one looks super yummy!!

  3. Beautiful salad and kale is such a powerhouse green!! Love your blog too :)

  4. Lauren
  5. Lauren

    Thank you! It was reallyyyyy good :)

  6. Lauren

    The dried cranberries really made it come together with a touch of sweetness 😉

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