Pomegranate Quinoa Kale Salad


With all the cookies and holiday treats we’ve been baking (and consuming) over the past few weeks, it’s about time we get some greens in the mix. I recently re-made this Winter Massaged Kale Bowl, an oldie but goodie recipe from my blog, and it reminded me how much I adore massaged kale. I’m honestly not a huge kale fan, but there is just something about the way these greens get so tender and flavorful when you simply massage them with some olive oil and spices. Mmmhhh! Who knew?!?


Pomegranate Quinoa Kale Salad // pumpkin & peanut butter


To make these tender greens a little more festive, I decided to throw in my favorite winter fruit (seed? meh, both)… POMEGRANATE!! I swear, I could eat pomegranate seeds by the pound. They’re so sweet and tart and juicy and pop-able. I think we could basically call them candy, there’s so addictive.

Best of all, pomegranate seeds taste incredible on salads. That pop of sweet and tart goes with just about any kind of green and adds that perfect crunchy element. I also added on some nutty quinoa, chopped pecans, and creamy avocado, all mixed together with a rich balsamic vinaigrette. Mmmm eating those greens seems pretty easy now!


Pomegranate Quinoa Kale Salad // pumpkin & peanut butter


Since this salad is totally festive— I mean just look at those colors— it would also make a great side dish for your holiday table! Who are we kidding, we always need more healthy, nutritious dishes on our Christmas menu to balance out that cookie intake, so why not add on a fun and flavorful kale salad? I swear, that mix of creamy, nutty, sweet, and tart will impress everyone at your table (well…. the adults at least 😉 ).

What are your favorite ways to stay healthy during the holidays? My friend Alexa just posted a few tips on her blog Fooduzzi, so go check it out if you’re looking for a little inspiration and direction!


Pomegranate Quinoa Kale Salad // pumpkin & peanut butter

Pomegranate Quinoa Kale Salad

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish, Salad


  • 4 cups kale leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • dressing of choice (I used balsamic vinaigrette)


Step 1
In a large bowl, massage olive oil, salt, and pepper with your fingers into 4 cups of kale leaves for 5-10 minutes. When I say massage, I really mean massage!!
Step 2
Divide massaged kale into 4 bowls, then top with quinoa, avocado, pomegranate seeds, and chopped pecans. Toss with dressing of choice and dig in!

Pomegranate Quinoa Kale Salad // pumpkin & peanut butter


Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


    • Thanks Kathryn! I think we have the same checklist when it comes to salads 🙂

    • Thanks Mel!! It’s so festive that it still feels like Christmas (even without all the sugar) 🙂

  1. Mmmm yep! Dream salad. Of course. Also, when I went to make my daily trip to your blog today I typed in “liz” in my search bar instead of “pumpkinandpeanutbutter” hahaha ???? Love it, lady!

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