Vegan Kale Salad with Cranberries

Vegan Kale Salad with Cranberries

This vegan kale salad with cranberries and maple vinaigrette is vegan, gluten free, soy free, and has no refined sugar!  You can’t get much healthier than a bowl of kale, and you won’t be able to stop eating it prepared this way!  Even my kids love this salad!

This vegan kale salad with cranberries and maple vinaigrette is vegan, gluten free, soy free, and has no refined sugar! You can’t get much healthier or delisious than this salad! Perfect for vegan picnics, a vegan side, or even lunch! thehiddenveggies.com

My parents came to visit last spring with 3 huge bags of spring kale that they had just picked from their garden.  I needed to figure out what to do with all of it.  It was so soft and tender, that it seemed like a shame to cook it, so I came up with this salad.  It has been a favorite in my house ever since.

A bowl full of fresh kale topped with vegan maple balsamic dressing and cranberries.

Kale has a naturally tough texture, so to soften it up, it needs to be massaged.  I know it seems like a high maintenance vegetable, but it is well worth the effort.  I like to use younger, more tender kale for this salad.  If you are lucky enough to grow some in your garden or have a farmer’s market where you can find it, it is delicious.  You can use regular kale and even the bagged shredded kale from the grocery store too, you just need to massage it a little more to get it tender.

This vegan kale salad with cranberries and maple vinaigrette is vegan, gluten free, soy free, and has no refined sugar! You can’t get much healthier or delicious than this salad! Perfect for vegan picnics, a vegan side, or even lunch! thehiddenveggies.com

VEGAN KALE SALAD WITH CRANBERRIES AND MAPLE VINAIGRETTE
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A fresh vegan and gluten free spring salad make with kale and maple vinaigrette dressing.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: gluten free, vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 114 kcal
Author: Monica
Ingredients
  • 6 cups of shredded Kale
  • 1/3 cup Maple Vinaigrette Dressing see below
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • Sprinkle of salt optional
  • ¼ cup pine nuts or other chopped nuts optional
Instructions
  1. Wash Kale well.
  2. Ripe it into small pieces removing the hard stem.

  3. Put into a large bowl and drizzle with the Maple Vinaigrette Dressing.

  4. Sprinkle with a little salt (optional)
  5. Use your hands to massage the dressing into the kale until it turns bright green and shiny.

  6. Sprinkle with dried cranberries and top with nuts if desired.
Nutrition Facts
VEGAN KALE SALAD WITH CRANBERRIES AND MAPLE VINAIGRETTE
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Potassium 497mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 200.8%
Vitamin C 146.2%
Calcium 15.1%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Sometimes you can find maple vinaigrette in regular grocery stores, but if you can order it here or it can easily be whipped up in a few minutes.  I usually have some made up in my fridge, because I love Maple Bacon Salad for lunch,   Here is the recipe for the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

 

MAPLE BALSAMIC DRESSING:
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A sweet and savory vegan and gluten free dressing.

Course: dressing
Cuisine: gluten free, soy free, vegan
Servings: 10
Calories: 169 kcal
Author: Monica
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp yellow mustard
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients into a bottle.

  2. Shake well.

  3. Drizzle over your favorite salad.

Nutrition Facts
MAPLE BALSAMIC DRESSING:
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Potassium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 4g
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This is one of those salads that is a hit with everyone!  It can be made a few hours ahead of time and doesn’t get soggy with the dressing on it like salads made from lettuce.  For this reason, it works great for potluck, dinner parties, and even packed lunches.

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