A Brilliant Winter Salad

February 5, 2014   7 Comments

I find salads in the winter to be a challenge. When it is snowing, I don’t feel like cozying up to lettuce.

Kale Citrus Salad

No, I like potatoes, bread, cheese, wine, more cheese, and cookies when it is cold. Alas, my cravings don’t fit with my healthy eating plans.

I found a kale salad recipe on Two Peas & Their Pod and I was excited because I had all the ingredients in my house.

Oranges and kale are in season in winter so they are easy to find and cheap. I can always find avocados so I was ready to go.

If you have never made orange zest, it is easy – see here:

Your whole house becomes filled with orange scent.

When you massage the kale, you get to soften your hands with olive oil. If your hands are dried up like raisins, you will love this free and edible treatment.

It tastes fresh with the hydrating orange, the creamy avocado, and the salty cheese. With 139% of your daily value of vitamin A and 19% of your daily value of calcium – how can you go wrong?

Kale Citrus Salad

Winter Kale Salad

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Makes 4 servings

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1 bunch kale (about ¾ pound)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large navel orange
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
pinch of salt
1 medium avocado, pit removed and sliced
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


Strip kale leaves from the stalks and tear them into small pieces. Put in large bowl.

Zest the orange and slice off ¼ to squeeze for juice. Peel the orange and slice into half circles.

In a measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, zest, orange juice, and salt with a fork. Pour over kale and massage for one to two minutes until the kale reduces in size by ½.

Add the orange slices, avocado, and feta cheese and toss until blended. Serve or store in the refrigerator for one day.

Nutrition Facts

For one serving = 220 calories, 16.6 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 16.2 g carbohydrates, 6.6 g sugar, 6.0 g protein, 6.9 g fiber, 207 mg sodium, 6 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Snack Girl, you read my mind! I can't eat romaine on a cold day! So altho I didn't get kale, I too was in the mood for a citrusy kind of salad. Picked up some baby spinach, canned mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, walnuts, and crumbled feta yesterday. I dress mine with honey-lemon-dijon style dressing. Every day I try to eat a healthy-sized serving of greens. I might add avocado to my salad too! Have a safe day, this weather turned crazy this week!

Thank you Lisa, this sounds great! To always have zest on hand when you need it just peel extra oranges with a vegetable peeler. Take care to only peel off the orange part. Wrap peels in wax paper and then foil. Store in a freezer bag and freeze. When you need zest pull out a few strips and mince with a sharp knife. You will be pleased at how fresh it stays!

When I try to massage kale, it falls off the massage table. Would someone please explain??

I love kale salad and would like to add massaging kale to my kitchen expertise. Not kidding.

Jennie, you are placing the kale too close to the end of the table. Place it right in the middle and carefully massage and they won't fall off. Best of luck!


I'm with you, Lisa. Salads are a lot less appealing in the middle of winter, so I tend to try to get my vegetables in soups! But this hearty kale salad looks yummy enough to try! I've got a bunch of kale in the fridge and was wondering what I was going to do with it! Thanks for solving that problem :-)

Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, It is awesome.

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