fruity shredded kale salad, for a crowd by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

i may have come to the massaged kale game a few years too late, but can a girl get points for showing up eventually?? i was initially put off my massaged kale salads because of a bad experience i had with one a few years ago.  perhaps that restaurant was having a bad day, or maybe my senses weren't up to par, but the kale was super tough and hard to swallow. i specifically remember guzzling my water to get the curly itchy kale down my pipes.  since then i've been completely turned off.  however, a few months ago i was developing a recipe for a client who wanted to pair their granola clusters with something savory.  i knew i needed a substantial and hearty green, something that could cut through the sweetness.  and that's when i overcame my irrational fear of massaged kale!

along the way i've not only come to tolerate a kale salad, but absolutely love and crave it on most days!  i've found that a sufficient amount of massaging action, and a good period of rest really lets the kale chill out, relax a bit, and become more tender.  i also learned that a really tasty and substantial dressing goes a long way. i tend to go with a creamy base, either tahini or dairy-free yogurt, just to give it another texture.  while most days i add some form of grain or protein to the salad, today i wanted to add some of cold weather's most sweet and colorful fruit. the idea was to add an even ratio of kale to fruit to make somewhat of a savory fruit salad ;) with the holidays and all the festivities around the new year, i thought a mountainous bowl of this salad was appropriate for some celebratin'! i love making this the day before i serve it - the fruit absorbs a good amount of the dressing beautifully, while the kale becomes suuuper soft and almost delicate.  it most certainly has become a new favorite around here! what are some of your go-to holiday dishes to serve to a crowd?

happy holiday season! xo

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fruity shredded kale salad (gf + v)

| serves 6 to 8 as a side |

creamy shallot dressing

  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free cultured yogurt (i use this one)
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste


  • 2 bunches kale, shredded
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 2 to 3 clementines or satsumas, peeled, segmented, and sliced in half
  • 1 large asian pear
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  1. to make the dressing, combine the chopped shallots, vinegar, and salt in a shallow bowl for 10 minutes, until the shallots have softened a bit.  then, in a food processor or blender, combine the shallot and vinegar mix with the remaining ingredients and blend until thoroughly combined.  taste and adjust if necessary.  transfer to a lidded container until ready to use. dressing can be made a couple days in advance.
  2. to a large bowl, add the shredded kale; season with a couple pinches of salt, and some fresh pepper to taste. add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of dressing and use your hands to massage the kale for at least 5 minutes (until your hands are adequately green in color!); the kale should be looking darker in color and feel more tender. let the kale sit for another 10 minutes.
  3. add the fruit and another tablespoon or 2 of the dressing and toss until incorporated. serve the salad right away or refrigerate it for up to 1 day in advance. (if refrigerating, i suggest taking the salad out at least 2 hours before serving, letting it come to room temp.)


more crowd-pleasing recipes:

an easy holiday party menu

an easy holiday party menu

taco party gathering

taco party gathering

roasted golden beet + shallot dip

roasted golden beet + shallot dip

olive oil mini bundts w/ citrus glaze (gf + df) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

is it me or does it kinda feel like it's still october? i'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that thanksgiving has come and gone, hanukkah is right around the corner, and christmas is only weeks away, oy! it's been super warm for a new york fall, so perhaps that has something to do with it not exactly feeling like the holiday season yet. do i dare say that i'm hoping for cooler weather? that i'm excited about wearing a heavy winter coat and cozying up to my man under a pile of thick blankets? i know come february i will be cursing this wish, but a girl can dream for now .

our thanksgiving was quiet in all the right places. of course we missed our family that we weren't able to see, but me, frank, and my in-laws sat around this lovely table and shared a number of yummy meals and tons of conversation .  frank's parents are still living in the house that he grew up in so we get to stay in his old room.  and although there have been a few changes since he's moved out, there's still an old tube tv, a vhs, and a home entertainment structure he built in his teens.  as i was eyeing through some of his old soccer trophies and books, i happened to see the star wars trilogy of our youth - we're talking 4,5, and 6 here, folks (which we haven't seen in far too long because our blu-ray of them disappeared during our move!). we watched them excitedly each night before we passed out, which felt super sentimental especially when i felt that nostalgic static on my fingertips when i brushed the tv screen and rewound (!!!) a video! it was such a lovely visit, truly a home away from home :) hope you all had a good one as well!

as we're all gearing up for the holidays i'm sharing this recipe for these really simple and fun little bundt cakes over on the urban outfitters blog! don't even get me started about how excited i am to have a recipe over there! when i was in middle school and all i wanted was to be a grungy pre-teen, my parents (usually my trooper mom) would take me down to the broadway location of UO in nyc just so i could spend my allowance on waffle henleys, flannels, and painter jeans - but that's another story! in any event, these cakes were developed with the idea in mind of throwing something together that's super festive, easy on the prep, and a crowd pleaser for any and all guests. and just in case you're in the mood, or have the need for something more savory, i have my go-to massaged kale, asian pear,and quinoa salad w/ crunchy granola bits + a super creamy shallot dressing over on food52 (video here and recipe here)!

wishing you all good things for a wonderful start to the holiday season! xo

similar holiday recipes:

holiday bundt cake w/ crushed cranberries

holiday bundt cake w/ crushed cranberries

satsuma + rosemary pignoli nut cookies

satsuma + rosemary pignoli nut cookies

cranberry + orange zest pop tarts

cranberry + orange zest pop tarts

warm squash, parsnip, + kale salad w/ pomegranate dressing by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

not that long ago i was in the kitchen of a lifelong friend of mine, and since a large portion of my life is all about food these days, it was super interesting to see how she was generating dinner that night, along with how she organized her kitchen, and i even found myself curiously peeking at the condiments in her fridge.  she totally confessed to me that she can feel anxious at the thought of what to cook for her and her husband, how to prepare and cook various kinds of ingredients, how to store fresh produce, and how to eat less take-out, and more healthfully.   i could completely relate to the part about planning a meal, because while i may work with food all the time, some days it's nice to not have to think about what to make for dinner.

recently we met for brunch and inevitably the topic of food came up again.  i asked how her cooking quest was coming along and she began telling me about a food delivery service she started using called Blue Apron.  she told me how they offer chef-designed meals with step-by-step instructional recipe cards that are all delivered to your door already proportioned so you don't have to deal with a trip to the store, or have any unused product afterwards.  she said her and her husband use the 2-person plan they offer at $9.99 per person per meal, always with free delivery, once a week of 3 meals for them.  she was really impressed that they have fresh produce from local farms and utilize whole grains, seasonal veg, and healthy fats.  she mentioned they even offer a family plan, which i later looked up is only $8.74 per person per meal and adds some options on delivery and has family style meals as well.

i was super intrigued by all the things i heard my friend tell me over brunch, so a few days later when Blue Apron happened to contact me about trying their service,  i was certainly excited to see what it was all about.  i learned they add 6 recipes every week and cover 80% of the country, so I know i'll have to let my family who lives in LA + north carolina know about them too.  i was impressed when i got my package with so many fresh ingredients in a refrigerated box so nothing was even close to wilted.  there was fresh, local product from farms in upstate new york, as well as from one of my favorite nyc bakeries, hot bread kitchen.  i'm also looking forward to gaining inspiration from Blue Apron's cache of recipes, including this quinoa and tofu "fried rice", and this cozy tuscan ribollita soup with farm eggs!  

you can find the recipe for this lovely squash salad here, where i substituted the farro for sprouted quinoa :)  by the way, the pomegranate molasses dressing in the recipe was a complete revelation, and it's totally making a comeback in my kitchen asap!

this kind of service certainly strikes a chord with me as i know a lot of people don't cook because they can feel intimidated or apprehensive about where to start, just like my friend did, and how so many people fall back on take out and fast food, even though they really want to be eating more healthfully.  so, in the spirit of getting people back in the kitchen, Blue Apron was kind enough to give the first 25 readers 2 free meals on their first order, just click here.  happy healthy! xo

*this post is in partnership with Blue Apron, all opinions are my own.