Crunchy Kale Salad + Citrus Dressing


  • 1 bunch kale, julienned
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (toasted or raw)
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts


  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 -2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, optional
Prepare your vegetables and gather your cranberries and seeds.

Mix kale, carrots, bell peppers and dressing together. Let set for about an hour at room temp or in the refrigerator (this will soften the kale nicely and reduce the bitterness). Serve in individual bowls topped with cranberries and seeds. If you don’t have time to let the kale marinate with the dressing, the salad will still be great!

Serves 2


Use orange, lemon, lime and/or grapefruit as your citrus juice. Mix and match your citrus flavors using whatever you have on hand or is available.

Make this a creamy dressing by adding 1 – 2 tablespoon tahini when mixing the dressing.

The dijon is optional, I found that I preferred it with a small amount. Try it both ways and see what you think.

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