Holiday Honeycrisp Salad

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Is it too early to be talking about the holidays? Just visit any store, supermarket, or mall and you will see that holiday decorations are aplenty. The earworm holiday songs that play on loop can be a lot, but holidays aren’t all about shopping malls. One thing we love about the holidays is all the unique produce! From cranberries and apples to pomegranates and winter squash, there is not shortage of fresh, seasonal produce during this time of year.

This gorgeous holiday salad features crunchy pecans, juicy pomegranate seeds, crisp apple slices, and curly kale. To top it off, drizzle all of those ingredients with a sweet and tangy apple cider vinaigrette. You can enjoy this salad as an entree, serve it as a Thanksgiving side dish, or include it as part of your weeknight dinner. Because most meals during the fall and winter tend to be heavier, this salad provides a light and decadent relief. Fit it in somewhere between the roasted or mashed potatoes, stuffing, and the 12 dessert varieties.

Featuring Honeycrisp apples, which are both crispy and juicy, this salad is absolutely to die for. Because it includes a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll get a ton of antioxidant compounds. On top of the captivating colors, this salad offers contrasting textures and sweet, salty, and tangy flavors. We hope you love it as much as we do and that it brings a little lightness to your holiday season.

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad
  • Prep Time:20m
  • Total Time:20m


For the Dressing

  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/3 c raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. raw agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

For the Salad

  • 12 oz kale, thick stems removed and chopped
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 c raw pecan halves
  • 3/4 c pomegranate arils


For the Dressing

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a jar, screw on the lid, and shake vigorously to combine. Alternatively, add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set the dressing aside while you prepare the salad.

For the Salad

  1. Make sure that you remove the fibrous stems from the kale leaves before you chop up the kale.
  2. Add the chopped kale, sliced apples, raw pecans, and pomegranate arils to a large bowl and toss gently to combine.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat all of the ingredients. Serve and enjoy.
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