Thanksgiving is on our heels and if you are like me you’ve been thinking about the menu for weeks. Beside having the traditional sides I like to mix it up a bit and serve a fun salad. This Harvest Kale Salad is something I made with my kids during one of my cooking classes, and it was a huge hit and made me think it would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.
I think they liked making the Harvest Kale Salad so much because they could do everything themselves. Kids love to rip everything so ripping the kale was super fun. The kids loved peeling and cutting the clementines and if you slice the apples first it makes it easier for little ones to cut them into cubes using the right kind of knife.
After seeing how easy it was for my little chefs to make the Harvest Kale Salad I knew that I had to put this salad on my Thanksgiving menu. My boys love helping in the kitchen and this salad will be a perfect way for them to help with dinner. Do you have your kids help in the kitchen when preparing holiday meals, if so what are some of their favorite things to make? This year besides making the salad they will also help their dad make deviled eggs.
- 1 bunch of fresh kale
- 6-7 clementines peeled, separated and cut in half
- 5 honey crisp apples cored sliced and cubed
- 1 cup cranberries
- optional ingredients
- walnuts or pecans
- pumpkin seeds
- red onion thinly sliced
- crumbled goat or blue cheese
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
- salt/pepper to taste
- rip or cut kale into small pieces and place into bowl
- add cut oranges and apples
- add any of the optional ingredients, my choice would be red onion, walnuts, pomegranates and goat cheese.
- Make dressing
- Pour and mix into salad. You can add dressing to the salad leaving out the goat cheese and walnuts, add those just before serving.
Photo Credit: The Foodie Dietitian
Because of allergies we couldn’t use seeds or nuts in the school cooking class but when making it at home I think having walnuts, pumpkin seeds or pecans would be perfect. To be honest you could put all sorts of things into this salad including goat or blue cheese. I love this variation from the Foodie Dietitian.
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