Kale, Clementine and Feta Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

Kale, Clementine and Feta Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing - cookieandkate.com

Would you look at that? She’s a stunner, that salad. Like sunshine in a bowl. Kale got all gussied up for us today with dazzling clementines and pomegranate, avocado and pepitas, tossed in a honey, lime and jalapeño dressing. (Insert cat call here.)

I’m treating my body kindly this week—cue the kale salad—in preparation for a fancy-pants event at the art museum this Saturday. So far, I’ve rented a dress for the occasion (from Rent the Runway/that’s a referral link/have you tried it?). I visited my hair stylist for a much-needed trim this afternoon and stopped for fresh juice before heading home. As long as I can get some beauty rest between now and then, I think I should be good to go. Champagne, please!

salad ingredients

I’m looking forward to checking my coat at the door and dancing around in this short blue number all night. Dreary winters are made more bearable with a little color and sparkle, aren’t they? If you’re desperate for springtime already, I hope you find some relief in this vibrant salad.

I’ll be the first to admit that there’s a lot going here, but each component adds a bit of sweetness or crunch or salty creaminess. The recipe takes cues from Deb’s kale salad, but I swapped lime for lemon and added chili peppers for a south-of-the-border twist. I also added clementines since they’re so good this time of year (any type of sweet citrus would be nice, though). Feel free to trade the pomegranate for a handful of dried cranberries for a more simple (and less seedy) salad.

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Kale, Clementine and Feta Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing
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Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 4
Colorful raw kale salad made with clementines, radish, avocado and pepitas, tossed in a honey, lime and jalapeño dressing. This salad is gluten free and easily made vegan by omitting the feta and substituting agave nectar for the honey.
Kale salad
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 medium pomegranate, arils removed, or a handful of dried cranberries
  • 4 clementines, peeled and sliced into rounds or small strips
  • 4 small radishes, sliced into thin rounds and then into skinny strips
  • Handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup pepitas (AKA pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds
Honey-Lime Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 small limes)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium jalapeño, membranes and seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or agave nectar)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  1. First, make the dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Prepare the kale by slicing out the stems and chopping out the leaves into small, bite-sized pieces. Transfer the kale to a big salad bowl. Sprinkle a small pinch of sea salt over the kale and massage the leaves with your hands by lightly scrunching big handfuls at a time, until the leaves are darker in color and fragrant.
  3. Drizzle salad dressing over the kale (you might not need all of the dressing) and toss well so the kale is lightly coated with dressing. Add the prepared avocado, pomegranate (or dried cranberries), clementines, radishes, cilantro and feta to the bowl.
  4. Toast the pepitas in a skillet over medium-low heat for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until they smell fragrant and toasty. Transfer the pepitas to the salad bowl. Toss the salad to combine and serve.
This salad takes cues from my recipe for Deb’s kale salad with apple, cranberries and pecans.
Storage suggestions: This salad should keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for a couple of days. For best results, add avocado just before serving.
Make it vegan: Skip the feta and use agave nectar for the dressing.


  1. says

    Sounds … and looks … absolutely beautiful! Perfect for the hot Aussie summer we have here right now!
    I love feta with any kind of fruit … and I was thinking while reading the post that avocado would go well and hey presto, you’d included it!
    Lovely salad idea – I still haven’t ever tried kale! Amazing, I know, but in Greece (where I usually live – I know, complicated …) the choice of veggies can be a bit limited, even though the ones they have are good.

  2. says

    You are going to look TOTES ADORBS in that blue number!! I shall be waiting for pictures. :P And this salad looks like my kind of detox food. So many great flavors mixed in here.

  3. says

    Ok, pomegranates, pumpkin seeds and kale? You have my heart! I really wish Rent the Runway was available in Canada because I’d love to try some of their dresses! You’ll have to take some pics of your outfit – I’m sure it will be gorgeous! And speaking of gorgeous, my old MacBook crashed on the weekend which means I am reading this post on my spiffy new retina MacBook Pro, and your photos are looking extra stunning!

  4. says

    Look at all these colours and textures and flavours! Just the very thing to brighten up a gloomy January day. Enjoy your event this weekend – I love the dress you picked; you’re going to look stunning!

  5. Victoria says

    I haven’t used RtR yet, but I’ve signed up! I’m going to Vegas in late Spring and planning on getting an appointment at their boutique at the Cosmopolitan to pick out a dress for an event I’m attending while I’m there. SUPER excited about it!

    As for the food…this salad looks GORGEOUS. And I’ve got most of the ingredients on hand already…I think there may be a change in the dinner plans in order for this week!

  6. Nichole says

    Salad looks awesome, can’t wait to try it out…..and Rent the Runway is amazing…I rented a gown for a formal Gala…and truly was the Belle of the Ball (name of the Badgely Mischka dress). A $595.00 dress, for $80.00. (And they send you a second dress, same kind in a second size, ‘just in case’ the size you ordered may not fit). LOVE IT.
    Love your website!! Keep the healthy tasty foods coming!

  7. says

    what an incredibly gorgeous salad! the dressing sounds really delicious.

    BUT, what is most gorgeous, is that blue dress you are going to be wearing. dang girl, you will look super hot in it! have fun!

  8. R.A. says

    Great timing to post this recipe as I had most of the ingredients. We had this for dinner last night and it was better than other kale salad recipes I have used in the past. We are at the end of clementine and pomegranate season here so hope to be able to get some more this weekend at the farmer’s market as I would love to make this salad again. I love alternatives to using out of season tomatoes on a salad, they just do not have good flavor this time of year.

    • says

      Thank you, R.A.! I;m so glad you enjoyed the salad. I have lots of other kale salad recipes on the blog for after the pomegranates run out. :)

  9. says

    True, this salad is gorgeous, but I think the cat-call whistle was intended for you in that blue dress! Yeow! Maybe if I ate more of the recipes you post than the recipes I post, I would be able to rock a dress like that ;) Have a wonderful time! This salad sounds perfect — the dressing with jalapeno and lime? YES

  10. Christina says

    I made this salad the other day and it was kind of AMAZING. Plus, it was still good leftover for lunch the next day. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. says

    Just made this last night for my book club and it was SOOOOOO tasty. Everyone was raving about it. Thank you so much for a new recipe I will be keeping in rotation!

  12. Carolina says

    I tried this recipe for my my first kale salad ever and it turned out delicious! My husband loved it too. After being intimidated by kale, I now declare my self a #1 fan. Thank you Kate!!!

  13. Melissa says

    I’ve been meaning to write this for a while. I ran across a pic of this salad at some point, and mentally bookmarked it for a future occasion because it was so stunning. Along came Xmas Eve dinner, and I knew just what I was going to make! BUT – I didn’t ACTULLY bookmark it on my computer. Just in my HEAD!! I looked for over an hour to find this recipe. When I finally did, I of course went ahead and prepared it for our family meal. It was frigging awesome! Everyone loved it, and it’s just so lovely…will definitely serve at a special occasion again! Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Best – Melissa

  14. Tracy says

    This salad won over my very skeptical husband! It was delicious and paired well with a red lentil dal and rice to round out a vegetarian dinner. I will be trying all your other kale salad recipes!

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