Kale Salad with Pear, Berries & Walnuts

Kale Salad with Pear, Berries & Walnuts

I started out making this salad in order to re-shoot the photos of an old one but can you believe my market didn’t have any spinach or blueberries?! So, I bought kale and blackberries, changed the dressing, added some pears and a new salad was born.  If you want a good chuckle, check out my old salad and see why I desperately need to take new pics! Ha! I’d like to think I’ve come a long way but I know I still have a long road ahead of me but that’s ok – it’s all fun! Kale Salad with Pear, Berries & Walnuts

Oh, and they also didn’t have red onions – can you believe it?  That turned out to be for the best though  because they had red pearl onions and I think they look better with the salad.

There’s no trick to this salad.  Kale, fruit, onions topped with some nuts and goat cheese – and the resulting combination is delicious.  I kept the dressing very simple with some honey for needed sweetness.  One of the many things that I learned recently from my friend, Bobbi of Bam’s Kitchen is massaging the kale will make it tender and well-seasoned.  Check out her instructions here to do it properly.  AND – check out the rest of her blog because you will experience some serious fabulousness!  Of course, I forgot to include this step, lol, but I will definitely do it next time.  I used a blend which included red, green and Tuscan kale.  The variety gave a nice depth to the dish.

Kale Salad with Pear, Berries & Walnuts

I used a Bosc pear for this salad but feel free to use whichever you prefer.  I left the skin on because recent studies are determining that it contains 3-4 times the phenolic phytonutrients as the flesh.  These are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients like cinnamic acids.  It also contains half of the pears dietary fiber.

Pears are very perishable once they are ripe so the ones you find at the market will likely be unripe and will need a few days before consuming.  They should have a smooth skin with no bruises.

I’m loving this warmer weather and the change to lighter meals that require little cooking.  I love to cook but in the summer time you just want to be outside while you can.

I hope you enjoy this salad and thank you to the readers who have sent emails lately after trying some of my recipes.  It’s so rewarding to hear that people actually eat my stuff! lol

Have a great day, everyone.”Eazy

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Kale Salad with Pear, Berries & Walnuts
Author: Robyn @ simplyfreshdinners.com
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Serves: 6-8
  • 16 ounces of kale
  • 1 pint of strawberries
  • 1/2 pint of blackberries
  • one pear, sliced thinly (I used Bosc)
  • 2 red pearl onions, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 4 ounces of goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3 /4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place kale, strawberries, blackberries, pear and onions in large bowl, mixing gently. Top with walnuts and goat cheese.
  3. Mix all ingredients, stirring well. Drizzle over salad.

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    Anita Rivera
    May 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Hello my dear friend! Now that is a gorgeous salad and I could go formeither vrrsion. So full of antioxidents and crunchy, these salads are a dublemtreat to eat! Gorgeous phots! Anita

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      May 9, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Hi Anita,
      Thanks so much for your kind words. Photos are needing work but I’m doing a lot more practising and reading these days – I’m determined to get there! Thanks for your visit, sweet lady. oxxo
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    Bam's Kitchen
    May 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    What a beautiful salad Robyn, so fresh and delicious! Love your salad dressing and can’t wait to give it a try. Fruit on my salad is one of my favourite things to do as I can make sure I get all my important vitamins and minerals all in one stop. Your photography has really blossomed with each and every post, just gorgeous! I know it is so embarrassing to look back at our old posts and photos and I really hope one day I can go back and do some updating with some new photos. thank you so much for your kind mention and pinning this recipe now! Take care, BAM
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      May 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

      I loved your Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad, Bam – the added citrus flavour must be out of this world! I’m unhappy with my photos right now but that’s ok because it just makes me try harder. The old ones are funny, lol. Thanks for the massaging tip. I know it will make a big difference. Have a great weekend!
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    May 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    A perfect dish for the warmer months. This salad sounds delicious and so refreshing! Blackberries are a favorite of mine so this is a dish I would enjoy for lunch 🙂

    Hugs to you, my friend. Enjoy your weekend!
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    Debbie Harris
    May 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Computers, or in my case here, phones,I really do not like them!! 🙂
    I go to all the work to write out a message and poof its gone 🙁
    Hopefully your only getting one. Lol
    Anyway,I have been enjoying kale these days but didn’t know how to make it interesting. I love the idea of fruit and nuts, yum! Pears are my favorite fruit so I must try this.
    I can relate to the photography part of this blogging,I have a lot of work to do in that area, haha 🙂
    I asked Stephanie if I could just hire her to be my personal photographer.
    I told her I would pay well!
    Much love to you!

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      May 9, 2014 at 8:23 am

      LOL, aren’t they a pain, Debbie. Seems you made it on here with just one comment though. I’m so appreciative of you trying my recipes and glad that you are liking them! I have a feeling you are a fabulous cook so I take that as a big compliment.
      I’ve tried to bribe Stephanie too but she won’t budge! Enjoy your weekend. ox
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    May 8, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    What a gorgeous salad Robyn, love this combination, looks so fresh! Some my old pics are a hoot and still maybe some of my recent, but I’m learning.
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      May 9, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Thanks so much, Cheri! That’s the fun thing about photography, always more to learn and I still love the excitement of producing a great shot. Loving your photos and recipes – that walnut vinaigrette is going to be on my table a lot this summer!
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    May 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    It looks delicious!
    Have a great weekend, dear Robyn.
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    Antionette Blake
    May 10, 2014 at 12:42 am

    oooh, I love your recipes! Thanks for linking up again and sharing at the #WWDParty.
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      May 10, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Awwwh, thanks, Antionette. What a lovely comment to read first thing in the morning! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for the feature!
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    May 10, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I love everything about this salad! PINNED! I love kale, berries, walnuts, and I love this dressing! I will be eating this salad for lunch, I am feeling inspired 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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      May 11, 2014 at 4:46 am

      Thanks so much, Cathy! Don’t you love it that Spring is here and we can have salads without feeling the need to eat something hot, too? Have a great day!
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    May 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for linking up to Real Food Fridays 🙂 I’m alway glad to see your posts. Have a great week!
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      May 12, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Thanks, Lydia, and thanks for the twitter shoutout! Much appreciated. Always a pleasure to link up with you ladies.

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    May 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Another great healthy and delicious recipe Robyn. I always love seeing your recipes. Will pin. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop. Have a healthy happy day!
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    Shannon {Cozy Country Living}
    May 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

    This salad looks great Robyn! I am always looking for fresh ideas for lunch! I can’t wait to try this very soon:)
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      May 13, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Thanks so much, Shannon, and thanks for the visit. I really enjoy my visits to your blog. Have a great week.
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    May 12, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Robyn, you are such a creative genius. I love your version of this salad…beautiful, healthy and great flavors. You need your very own cookbook….Fresh ideas for summer salads…Yumm. Miss you sweet friend. I hope you have a fantastic week. Much love from your WW friend. xoxo
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      May 13, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Linda – you kooky lady! I love your compliments and they always make my day – thank you so much! I miss you too and I hope we can talk sometime this week. So glad your Mother’s Day was special, my friend. xoox
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    May 12, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Robyn, this salad lloks gorgeous, healthy, and delicious – a great summer salad! Your photos are always beautiful too. Pinning this!
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      May 13, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Thanks so much, Marie. I’m so glad to be able to feature your post on Summer Food Safety Tips in today`s Tidbits. Thanks for sharing here!
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    May 14, 2014 at 9:00 am

    So colorful and healthy!!

    Btw, thanks for linking with Let’s Get Real Party.
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    May 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!
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    May 15, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Okay… you totally persuaded me to have this salad for dinner tonight!! So yum! Pinning…. 🙂
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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    Chrystal @ YUM eating
    May 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    You know what’s funny? When I think of salad, I am still stuck on the tradiational lettuce tomatto bunch. I’ve had salad with apples, walnuts and strawberries but can’t say I have ever had a berry salad like this! As I strive for more vegetarian meals, this one is going to be something I must try. Pinned and thanks for linking it with me a The Yuck Stops Here party!
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    Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner
    May 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Hi Robyn, thanks for linking this yummy salad at Marvelous Monday last week – I’ll be featuring it tomorrow night and pinning also!
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      May 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Oh, thanks so much, Deb! I’ll be there with bells on. Appreciate the pin as well!

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    May 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I love berry salads….this looks awesome!
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    May 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Beautiful salad! Pinned! Thanks for being part of our party. I hope you will swing by on Monday at 7 pm and party with us. We love having you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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    May 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    What a wonderful looking salad! I love kale in salads and berries are great in anything : ) The quote about necessity being the mother of invention payed off for you with this salad – great new recipe!
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    CJ Huang
    May 19, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I’ve never actually massaged kale before serving it, but it does make sense that it’d soften it up a bit and allow more flavor to penetrate. Sounds like a great dish for this warmer weather – no one wants to slave in front of a hot stove all day in hot weather! Please stop on by and share with us on Five Friday Finds (open until Wednesday midnight)!
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    Rach @ EazyPeazyMealz
    May 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    Congrats, you are being featured on Eazy Peazy Mealz Tips and Tricks Linky Party today. I would love if you wanted to stop by tonight and grab a featured button! And of course link up some more of your awesome recipes.
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    Miz Helen
    May 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    This is a perfect combination for the fresh Kale salad. We grow Kale in our garden and I can’t wait to try this salad! Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    May 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Beautiful salad! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
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      May 22, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Thanks, Kathy, and thanks for popping by!

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