How To Make a Christmas Salad People Actually Want To Eat

Christmas Salad

This Pomegranate & Kale Christmas Salad is a gorgeous, healthy addition to any holiday table. Obviously.

But it has a couple other key advantages…

Pomegranate & Kale Christmas Salad

1. This can be a meal.
If you are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan or just don’t like your mother-in-law’s cooking…bring Christmas salad. It’s got protein and plenty of vegetables to count as a meal on its own, if necessary.

2. You just may get your Uncle Harold to eat kale.
All dressed up like this, even picky relatives may have a bite. You can high five yourself over this victory, even if political conversations with Uncle Harold are still a nightmare.

3. You actually have time for this.
Yeah, I know. You’re off to the office party and hoping those last minute Amazon-primed gifts actually arrive before Christmas. Luckily, this is a no-cook dish that you can make in two shakes of a reindeer’s tale.

Pomegranate & Kale Christmas Salad
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This recipe comes from my friend Chelsea at
Makes: 6 side dish servings
  • Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard (add more for stronger flavor)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 generous cups chopped kale
  • 3 mandarin oranges, peeled and separated
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup walnuts, crushed
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  1. Whisk together fresh lemon juice, mustard, and olive oil.
  2. Combine kale, mandarin slices and pomegranate seeds in a bowl.
  3. Just before serving, mix in dressing and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Top with walnuts and hemp seeds.