Recipe Box, Kale Citrus Salad

This salad is a great pairing with heavy winter comfort foods, you can make the salad and a creamy orange dressing to top it, in no time at all~

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You can use any salad greens you like, I used kale, spinach and romaine


Chop up the kale leaves into bite size pieces, removing any hard thick stems if necessary, and massage the kale leaves.  Seriously, just sort of roll them around on your cutting board massaging them gently, they love this!

The kale will repay you in spades by being softer and less bitter.  You can read more about massaging kale here

kale and orange salad

Squeeze 1/2 of a navel orange into a jar,  you need 1/4 cup

Cut up the rest of the orange into bite sized chunks, removing as much pith [the white stuff] as possible


The dressing gets creamy from the addition of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

creamy orange dressing

Toss it all together

mixed greens with orange dressing

and prepare to be happy happy!

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Kale Citrus Salad and Creamy Orange Dressing

Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 big handfuls kale leaves
  • 2 big handfuls spinach leaves
  • 1 heart of romaine
  • 3-4 green onions sliced
  • 1 large navel orange
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 garlic clove * minced
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Massage kale by rolling around on a cutting board and squeezing gently.
  • Chop into bite sized pieces, removing any tough stems.
  • Tear spinach and romaine into small pieces.
  • Put greens in a large salad bowl and add green onion.
  • Halve orange and squeeze 1/2 for the juice for the salad dressing. Peel the other half and cut into bite sized chunks, removing pith. Add to greens
  • Combine orange juice, olive oil, sugar, yogurt or sour cream, and garlic in a jar. Add a little salt and pepper. Shake shake shake. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve over salad. Makes 3-4 servings


*adjust garlic to your taste, 1 garlic clove is pretty strong, so reduce or omit for less garlic taste
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for another printable version of Kale Citrus Salad click here

to see Ree Drummond’s recipe with goat cheese, click here

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14 Responses to “Recipe Box, Kale Citrus Salad”
  1. Mary says:

    Sounds wonderful Jenna! I think we would enjoy it with just kale, those bags are bottomless you know 🙂

  2. Emily says:

    This sounds delish Jenna. I had no idea a massage would make a difference in the taste of food, as we all know Kale can have a really bitter taste. We love salads here and what a good way to use all those oranges in the refrigerator!

  3. Lynn says:

    This is a nice simple salad that looks very pretty Jenna. I love the dressing:@)

  4. Jane says:

    This salad looks so delicious, Jenna! How interesting that you added sour cream to that dressing. Can’t wait until I can get some kale growing in the garden again! Stay warm!

  5. Diana Rambles says:

    This looks delish!

  6. Kim says:

    This looks amazing! And healthy, too, which we all need. Thanks for sharing your recipe…can’t wait to try it. Pinning!

  7. Kim says:

    It’s me again…love, love, love this salad, Jenna. Our grocer never has Kale, so I used a package of spring greens and Romaine. It was superb! The oranges are very sweet right now, too. Your recipe is a winner, and I’ll be making it again. 🙂

  8. Miz Helen says:

    We will just love this Kale and Citrus Salad. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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