kale with cranberries

Kale with Cranberries

More kale Mom! Yes, the boys can’t get enough kale when I make this Kale with Cranberries recipe. This quick and easy salad has just 4 simple ingredients –kale, dried cranberries, pine nuts, and olive oil. Although it’s the perfect Thanksgiving dish, it’s become a staple in our house all year round.

That makes me very happy because this healthy salad is full of highly nutritious super foods. First, there is the kale, a cruciferous, cancer fighting vegetable packed with flavonoids. Then we have the cranberries, high in vitamin C, and pine nuts, the edible seed of the pine tree which are higher in protein than any other seed. The final ingredient in this easy salad recipe is olive oil, which is full of good fats that help to control blood sugar levels.

Kale with Cranberries
Serves: 8
  1. Steam the kale until it is bright green
  2. Meanwhile, in a cast iron skillet, toast the pine nuts
  3. Allow kale and pine nuts 5 minutes to cool, then toss together in a large bowl
  4. Add dried cranberries and olive oil
  5. Toss and serve

My boys fight over this easy kale recipe. The four of us can finish off the 2 bunches of kale that the recipe calls for in one sitting. Even when their dad is not home for dinner, the three of us can easily devour it!

Kale with Cranberries is one of my favorite salad recipes, here are some other easy kale recipes for you:


  1. Deniseregina says

    For somebody like me who grows kale, I’m never quite sure how much a “bunch” is. Volume measurements and/or weight would be greatly appreciated. This is an issue I have with many sites. “A medium onion”…???
    Didn’t have pine nuts; used walnuts. Great!

  2. Lindsay Tupper says

    I shave Mancetta cheese on this salad – this is a Sheep’s cheese that I found at a local Italian grocery store. I also add fresh lemon juice and white wine vinegar in the sauce. It tastes fantastic.

  3. Tami Giles says

    I never would have thought that this super simple recipe would make such an impression on my family. I’ve got braised kale converts!

  4. says

    Your Kale and cranberry Tart from your book was a huge hit at my family’s Thanksgiving dinner yesterday as well as pumpkin pies made with your crust and recipes. Many thanks for developing so many simple and delicious recipes. I hope you and yours had a lovely holiday. Suzanne

  5. says


    I was wondering what size bunch of kale you generally use. Our Super Target has kale bunches that have only 6 branches whereas our WF usually has bunches that include 10-12 branches. If the bunches are large like WF, that would be a much larger salad.

    Those of you who have made it, what size bunch did you use?


  6. Nikki Grisham says

    I loved this recipe for Kale and Cranberry Salad!
    I have never eaten Kale before. To me it has a taste between Mustard and Turnip Greens which I love both. Being from the south we usually eat such with dinner and some type of beans. I enjoyed it with steamed sweet potatoes and veggies over Quinoa.

    Thank you,
    Nikki Grisham

  7. Jennifer says

    I modified this recipe into what I’m calling the Kale Breakfast Salad.

    I did as directed except for I didn’t use the dried cranberries but instead added fresh strawberry, kiwi, banana, blueberries, and chopped cashew. It turned out so yummy along side eggs this morning.

    I even tossed in some leftover qunioa for the non-paleo roommate. He really liked it that way and had some grain after his run.

  8. Jeanne J says

    I do a variation on this… Lacinato kale, sliced thin (chiffonade), grated aged parmagiano reggiano, lemon juice, excellent olive oil, salt and pepper, pine (or other) toasted nut, currant (or dried cherry, dried cranberry). Toss. Let sit for 10 minutes. Always delish!

  9. Misty says

    This was really good, I like kale but didn’t grow up eating it so other than kale chips and in souppa toscana I’m not always sure how else to eat it. Thanks for the great recipe and inspiration.

  10. newly paleo kris says

    I love kale so much! I’m enjoying all the news idea for preparing it, but have grown to hate that it is available fresh only for a few weeks of the year here, while the frozen or canned that is a lot more common around here is hardly suitable for anything but plain old kale stew.

  11. says

    I will give it a try, I’m a little shy as I had Kale prepared in an egg recipe and I felt like I was eating tire rubber.

    I will give this a try
    Thank you, Dana.

  12. Jennifer says

    I have to admit this is the first time I have ever eaten Kale. I’ve always heard about how good it was for you but only ever considered it a garnish on platters. I decided to try and bring something healthy to the family Thanksgiving and this was it! I cheated a bit and lightly cooked the pine nuts and cranberries in the olive oil before adding them to the steamed kale. I also made the same exact dish with fresh spinach for those who weren’t inclined to try the kale and it worked just as well. With the spinach I added just a touch of the celtic sea salt. I highly recommend this dish for anyone who thinks they won’t like kale. You will become a fan!

  13. Steph says

    There is a great source for totally unsweetened dried cranberries. The company is called http://www.shorelinefruit.com (shorelinefruit.com) and they have an online store, but do not have them for sale there, as they are producing only small quantities. The price is 23$/lb or 56$ for 4 lbs. Call them directly and ask for Toby or LuAnn.

  14. Cristina says

    Made a similar salad recently. I used unsweetened dried cherries and I juiced a clementine in lieu of a lemon in my olive oil dressing. A touch a seas salt is good too.

  15. says

    I love kale! This recipe looks great. The only problem with kale is the very strong odor during and after cooking. I don’t mind (I love most of the members of the cabbage family) but almost anyone who has visited me after I’ve cooked kale scrunches up their nose!

    A cooking oil that I really like, one that is also very healthy, is macadamia nut oil. It goes well with kale and other cruciferous vegetables. It’s expensive but you don’t need to use much, the taste is mild and buttery yet just nutty enough to be interesting, and it can be heated to very high temperatures without burning.

  16. Leah says

    This was really really good. I too was a bit skeptical of this– but we’ve been getting so much kale in our csa box– I had to give it a shot. So all you other people that might be a bit weary of the bitter greens– go for it!

  17. Freedom says

    Hi Elana! I followed the link for the cranberries, but the cranberries aren’t listed anymore :( Can you tell us what brand you use? I love dried cranberries, but all of them seem to have some sort of oil added and a sugar. Newman’s own is the best I’ve found as far as unrefined sugar, but it still has oil. Any help would be appreciated!

  18. Laura Kelly says

    Followed the link from today’s post. Had no idea you are releasing a cookbook. That is such fantastic news! Perfect gift idea for newly diagnosed celiacs. Yes!

  19. says


    You are most welcome :-)

    From what friends and family (and my own experience at different altitudes) have told me, these recipes (sans yeast and all that other complicated stuff) work well at various altitudes.

    I’m so glad you are enjoying them!


  20. Natalie says

    Thanks for the recipe and I look forward to using this site – I love that you’re in CO, too, it’s tough to adjust recipes from others living at or near sea level. Thanks again!

  21. Tracee says


    Where do you find dried cranberries that do not have sugar added to them? I have yet to try to make some in my dehydrator, but I may have to resort to it. I too, am anxiously awaiting your cookbook!

  22. says

    Hi Betsy,

    I confess, I’m not much of an olive oil connoisseur. If I’m out grocery shopping with him (which happens maybe once a year) I’ll have my husband select something very good. Otherwise I just buy whatever is cold-pressed, virgin and organic (with a decent price point) at the health food store.

    Sorry I can’t be of more help. Maybe someone in the forums will have a better answer for you.


  23. Betsy says

    I almost always use coconut oil or grape seed oil to cook and bake with but I was wondering what olive oil you would recommend healthwise and tastewise ( something that does not carry a strong olive taste???)

  24. Marie says

    This was so yummy! I’ll be honest- I wasn’t too sure about this as I’m not exactly a fan of kale. But knowing how good kale is for my health, and knowing how much I’ve enjoyed all the recipes of yours I’ve tried, I decided to make it. And what a pleasant surprise in flavour. As always, keep up the great work. When is your cookbook coming out? I’m going to be first in line to get a copy!

  25. pat says

    I’m trying to eat vegetables that are good for me is Kale one of them? Can you please give me a list of healthy vegetables thanks Pat

  26. Marissa says

    Oh that looks wonderful…I am eating a bowl of kale right now…kale, peas, shiitake mushrooms, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese.

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