Kale Feta Salad with Candied Walnuts, Beets Optional

Eat a rainbow with this tasty Kale Feta Salad full of healthy kale, candied walnuts and feta with homemade vinaigrette. Beets optional.

Eat a rainbow with this tasty Kale Feta Salad full of healthy kale, candied walnuts and feta with homemade vinaigrette. Beets optional.

I can’t believe I used to hate kale. Arriving in my CSA boxes it had one of two destinations: kale chips, which only I liked, or the compost bin.

But once I learned that kale chopped finely becomes tender and delicious (from my popular Kale Brussels Sprouts salad), the world changed. 

Eat a rainbow with this tasty Kale Feta Salad full of healthy kale, candied walnuts and feta with homemade vinaigrette. Beets optional.It’s been a great winter for kale for us, thanks to one of my farmer friends who left his kale growing in an unheated greenhouse. He harvested into early February when the current brutal cold snap put an end to the bounty.

The recipe is based on one from one of my regular blog reads, Ang Sarap. And let me tell you it looked great to me immediately. I even canned beets last fall. The only rub was that the rest of the family is strictly anti-beet (are you sensing a pattern here?). But once it clicked that the salad would still be tasty sans beets, I had a clear mission. Beets just for me. Eat a rainbow with this tasty Kale Feta Salad full of healthy kale, candied walnuts and feta with homemade vinaigrette. Beets optional.

I did reduce the dressing and nuts some. A vinaigrette really stretches and while the leftovers were delicious on lettuce, my refrigerator is just too full. The nuts were going to push up the calorie count so I cut them in half and it still felt indulgent!

How to Make Kale Feta Salad with Candied Walnuts

The salad came together easily, and if you do the nuts ahead of time, super-fast. 

To start you prepare the candied walnuts

Let cool

Combine the dressing ingredients

Finely chop the kale

Assemble the salad and serve. Eat a rainbow with this tasty Kale Feta Salad full of healthy kale, candied walnuts and feta with homemade vinaigrette. Beets optional.

Tips for Kale Feta Salad with Candied Walnuts

This salad is already quick and easy.  But to take easy further, you could buy candied nuts instead of making your own.

You can even sometimes find kale pre-chopped.

That is, if you don’t have a farmer friend growing it!

Eat a rainbow with this tasty Kale Feta Salad full of healthy kale, candied walnuts and feta with homemade vinaigrette. Beets optional.

Kale Feta Salad with Candied Walnuts, Beets Optional

Kale Feta Salad with Candied Walnuts, Beets Optional

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Eat a rainbow with this tasty salad full of healthy kale, candied walnuts and feta with homemade vinaigrette. Beets optional.

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 small can beets drained
  • 4 packed cups kale, washed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles

Candied Walnuts:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespooons packed brown sugar
  • pinch sea salt

Dressing:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey
  • ½ Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Prepare Candied Walnuts. In your smallest saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil then add walnuts. Simmer on medium heat, spooning liquid over walnuts occasionally until liquid has thickened and evaporated. Remove the walnuts from the pan, place on parchment paper and separate since they are very sticky. Set aside to dry.

Prepare Dressing. In a bowl combine all dressing ingredients and whisk to emulsify.

Divide kale between four salad bowls. Toss with dressing then top with beets, feta and candied walnuts.

Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 478Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 408mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 4gSugar: 65gProtein: 7g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

6 thoughts on “Kale Feta Salad with Candied Walnuts, Beets Optional

    1. Inger Post author

      I am a salad fan but this one is more unique so I can see why you like it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  1. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    This is the kind of salad I would make if I didn’t have to feed my guys. The candied walnuts sound wonderful, but I think the salad would be a good with plain walnuts as well…and less calories too!

    1. Inger Post author

      I think you’re right on the plain walnuts. These were delicious but that would be super quick too!

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