Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds

Easy-to-make Kale Salad that holds up well and is totally customizable - plus it's full of California grown goodness!

You could call this “Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds” because, of course, that’s what it is. You could also, and maybe more accurately, call it “The Kale Salad That K.C. Brings to Everything” because it’s also that.  You can make it in advance and it just gets better, and everyone’s all: “hey, this is delicious!” and I’m all: “dude, I know. That’s why I brought it.”  The folks from CA Grown asked me to share some of my favorite recipes using some of the 400+ specialty crops grown in Golden State, so I’m sharing this one, along with these Edible Flower Pistachio Shortbread Cookies and one more coming up! It’s just in time for the holidays, which means you have time to make this the salad you bring to everything too.

I used cranberries here, which is the only ingredient not from California (well, beside salt. But you could actually get that from CA too.) Sometimes I use golden raisins instead, or one of my favorite combos is chopped dried apricots and pistachios. Feel free to switch out the mix-ins as you please, and through in a little Feta or Parmesan if you’re into that kind of thing.

Since kale holds up well, this salad keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge, so it’s great for batch cooking/meal prepping/leftover lunch taking. Top it with a little chicken and you’re ready to ride.

Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds
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Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds

This Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds can customized with your favorite mix-ins and flavors. It holds up well in the fridge and is totally easy to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Chilling Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kale, kale salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 120kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • 1 bunch of kale stems removed
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 TBSP Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 TBSP pumpkin seeds
  • 2-3 TBSP dried cranberries or other dried fruit
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt & black pepper


  • Cut kale into pieces and place in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over kale and massage into leaves until thoroughly coated. Allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes (15 is better). Toss with nuts, cranberries, and salt and pepper. Taste and add additional seasoning if needed. Enjoy!


Will hold for 2 days in refrigerator.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1425IU | Vitamin C: 17.1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Sponsored by California Grown. All opinions are my own. But you knew that.

photography by: James Collier

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