Adventures in Kale: Raw Kale Salad with Raisins and Pine Nuts

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 28, 2012

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On my path to eating kale as often as possible, this salad inspiration came to me.

This is a sweet, salty, tangy, herbal bowl of green hippie goodness. Be sure to let the kale rest in the dressing so it softens.

And then call me for lunch!

Recipe: Raw Kale Salad with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Summary: Sweet, tangy, nutty additions make this raw kale salad a big bowl of green hippie vegan goodness. Sweet grapefruit, blood orange and olive oil make a wonderful dressing.


  • Raw Kale Salad with Raisins and Pine Nuts1 bunch raw lacinato kale, cut in a chiffonade (tiny shreds)
  • 3 tablespoons grapefruit juice (I used a super sweet Melogold grapefruit)
  • 2 tablespoons blood orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons super premium extra-virgin olive oil
  • Big pinch kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup raisins, hydrated in boiling water and then drained
  • 1.4 cup toasted pine nuts


  1. Combine all ingredients except nuts in a big salad bowl. Toss well and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes so the kale softens. Add nuts right before serving, so they don’t get soggy, toss again and serve.
  2. Eat! Enjoy!
  3. Serves 3-4, depending on appetites.

Quick notes

Lacinato kale also goes by the name dinosaur, Cavolo Nero, Tuscan or black kale.


  • Sub dried cranberries for the raisins.
  • Sub another nut for the toasted pine nuts.
  • Add diced cooked chicken, diced cheese or some other protein to make this a more complete meal.
  • Add cooked grain like rice, cous cous, wheat berries, etc. to make it more substantial.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian, Vegan
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)

Raw Kale Salad with Raisins and Pine Nuts




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Rituparna January 31, 2012 at 12:51 am

This looks so delicious ! Can I substitute kale with a differnt green. We don’t get it in India, something closest to it’s taste?


Dorothy January 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Yes, you may sub any other green you like! Kale is extremely sturdy, though, so if you are using a more delicate green, don’t let the dressing sit on it. Just dress right before serving. Kale really holds up, so in fact if you dress it and let it sit overnight, it will still be fine (and perhaps even better). So if you have a local green variety that has those characteristics, go for it.


MyFudo January 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I missed kale salad. =(
I am in the mood for fresh salad right now. I need to go out and head to the produce store. Thanks for sharing this easy salad recipe.


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