Monday, January 30, 2017

Purple Kale Salad with Blueberry Lime Vinaigrette and a #WholeFoods#Giveaway

"This purple kale salad is loaded with goodness and it even tastes great! The combination of blueberries, apples and peanuts with luscious honey goat's cheese, and a blueberry lime coriander vinaigrette puts this salad over the top." Thank you Whole Foods for sponsoring this post!

I must admit that Manservant was not excited when he saw me chopping kale. Kale is not a favorite of his. He still can't figure out why everyone has forgotten spinach. I also chopped up red cabbage (because I love the color of red cabbage) which quickly led me to making a red and purple, very colorful salad. I thought it was quite cosmic, but Manservant was not so sure. Manservant did start to come around when he saw me adding blueberries and fresh, crisp Kiku apples to the kale. The chopped peanuts were a hit, but what he really loved was the goat's cheese. I used the honey variety, but any kind should work. The beets complimented all the ingredients and the red onions? Well, I add onion to almost everything I make.

 Whole Foods this month has me thinking about the large variety of winter greens. Kale is one I've always enjoyed. There are myriads of ways to use it; I love that I can dress it and not have it wilt overnight. I also love using kale in flower arrangements. Kale has such pretty leaves and looks gorgeous with cut flowers. Kale truly is an amazing vegetable. It is easily roasted, fried, dehydrated, sauteed, juiced, chopped, blanched, and well I could go on and on, but why?

The vinaigrette came about because I have so many jars taking up space in my fridge and finding ways to use everything is always a challenge. Yes, I had a jar of blueberry jam taking up real estate and I thought it would work great in a vinaigrette. I was not wrong. This citrusy and sweet dressing was perfect on this salad. However this maple balsamic would taste great as would this lemon maple vinaigrette with garlic.

I'll admit I am not a lover of thick stems or tough leaves, so I always chop my kale pretty fine and discard the stems. Yes, it takes a little time, but makes your salad so much better. One could buy baby kale leaves and those are great, too. Whole Foods has a lot of kale recipes. I just might have to try a few new ones now that Manservant actually praised this salad. He even mentioned it twice to me which is somewhat unusual given his firm stance on kale! But alas, even grown men can grow up.

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Purple Kale with Blueberry Lime Vinaigrette

This purple kale salad is loaded with goodness and it even tastes great! The combination of blueberries, apples and peanuts with luscious honey goat's cheese, and a blueberry lime coriander vinaigrette puts this salad over the top.
prep time: 20 MINScook time: total time: 20 mins


  • 3 c chopped purple kale
  • 1 c chopped red cabbage
  • 1/4 c thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 to 1/2 c fresh blueberries
  • 1 steamed or roasted beet, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 of an apple thinly sliced
  • 1/3 c salted peanuts, chopped
  • 3-4 oz honey goat's cheese
Blueberry Lime Vinaigrette
  • 1 T blueberry jam
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 t ground coriander
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste


  1. Assemble all ingredients. Make vinaigrette. Mix salad ingredients, reserving peanuts and goat's cheese. Add vinaigrette and toss well. Sprinkle with peanuts and goat's cheese before serving.
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A few more to try:
Spinach Salad with Za'atar             Hearts of Palm Salad                               Macho Salad


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  1. Wow, truly gorgeous! You rarely see vibrant fresh dishes like this in the mid-winter but you did it! Not sure Bill will ever come around when it comes to kale, but I'm always happy to eat his share---especially when it's in a dish as fabulous as your salad.

    1. Thanks Liz. I thought it came together well!

    2. Thanks Liz. I thought it came together well!

  2. I love the purple colors in this salad...and I am loving the sound of the blueberry line vinaigrette...great salad Abbe.
    Enjoy your week :)

  3. I absolutely adore kale. I tend to also chop it fine and add to thinly sliced apples, thinly sliced brussels sprouts and goat cheese. Topped with some bacon !! ooh la la!

    Your salad looks so festive with the all the colors. Love the idea of using up jam to bring in the sweetness in the dressing.

  4. That is tough! I would have to say I love red cabbage, beets, sumac, red onion salad with oil and balsamic.

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  6. I'm not sure men, grown or otherwise, actually ever grow up. :-) But we can all learn to like kale! Really pretty salad. Tasty too, I'll bet. Thanks!

  7. Kale is favorite at out house. Be it smoothies, salads and braised.Your salad looks yummy. I am particularly anxious to try your blueberry lime vinaigrette.

  8. Maybe THIS will get me to eat KALE! hahahahahahaha! That veggie - I just can't do it normally!

  9. I haven't seen purple kale in our local markets..this winter salad looks fabulous!

  10. Looks perfect although i am with manservant i can't abide by Kale. I wish that trend would disappear!

  11. You're a great wife getting your husband to eat kale by hiding it in such a gorgeous salad. I love red onion in everything too! I will look for honey'd goat cheese because I won't be able to think about anything else until I try it :) I love all the beautiful deep colors in this dish - so dramatic and no doubt delicious. I would have never dreamed of adding blueberry jam to a vinaigrette - brilliant!

    1. Look for the honey goat cheese. I think Trader Joe's also carries it. I love it spread on toast in the morning. Thanks Tricia!

  12. Coriander is a very nice touch with blueberry! GREG

  13. Hi Abbe, what a gorgeous salad, love that you added blueberries and apples. The dressing sounds like the perfect accompaniment, one that I could probably eat with a spoon;) Hope you are having a great week.

  14. Wow! What a beautiful salad. I am so simple, but my favorite salad is a fresh caesar salad!

  15. I like a good Southwest Style Salad.

  16. Looks very colorful and good, Abbe!If only I could get people here to eat kale! Love the blueberry touch!

  17. I could just imagine having this for lunch with some garlic bread. I am intrigued by this healthy and colorful looking delicious salad.

  18. Such a pretty and colorful salad! Eating the rainbow has never been so delicious!

  19. My favorite kind of salad is Caesar with some chicken thrown in.

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  20. I don't think I've seen purple kale but you can bet I'm going to look when I shop next! What a gorgeous salad, Abbe! I always like to add just a little kale to my salad greens so hubby doesn't notice too much :)

  21. I LOVE kale salad with fruit and this is a winner. Honestly, I have never purchased purple kale, but what a gorgeous salad it makes. This is a keeper!

  22. I love garden salads with a scoop of tuna or egg salad on top with a light raspberry vinaigrette. I also like dried cranberries thrown in for a bit more sweetness.