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raw kale salad with feta, pine nuts, and cranberries
Photography by nathan lyon

raw kale salad with feta, pine nuts, and cranberries

Recipe by nathan lyon
Appetizers | Entrees | Salads | | Serves 4

Prep. Time: 10-15 min. | Cooking Time: 0 min.


recipe from nathan lyon's cookbook "great food starts fresh"
1. Strip the tender leaves from the tough stems of the kale; discard the stems. Rinse and dry the leaves, then roll them up and slice into thin strips. You should have approximately 5 packed cups of kale ribbons.

2. Cut the peel and pith off the oranges, then segment them by cutting between the dividers. Discard any seeds, but reserve the juice for the vinaigrette.

3. In a medium container with a tight fitting lid, combine the vinaigrette ingredients, close the lid tightly, and shake well to combine. Or, whisk to combine the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.

4. Add the kale, nuts, seeds, cranberries, orange segments, and crumbled feta to a large serving bowl. Drizzle half the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper, adding more vinaigrette if needed.

5. Wonder aloud why you didn’t make this salad sooner, then serve.


To get all of Nathan's recipes from his new cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, and for more information about Chef Nathan Lyon, visit:

Nathan shares secrets to great food in this interview with Yogi Times!

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• Pineapple Cucumber and Kale Smoothie

Notes & tips: Other optional ingredients that go wonderfully in kale salads are sunflower seeds, diced avocado, and diced apples.


  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped roughly
  • ¼ cup toasted almonds, chopped roughly
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, preferably unsweetened
  • 3 large oranges
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and diced finely (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (from the oranges)
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil