Crispy Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Pepitas

Crispy Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Pepitas recipe by @beardandbonnet on

I’m kicking off the new year with lots and lots of this crispy kale salad, fruit infused water and feelings – totally normal right?

I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions – I’m more of a New Years reflections kind of a girl actually. While the rest of the world is declaring how much weight they will loose or how organized they will be in the new year I am over here reflecting about events that have transpired over the last year that really taught me something and what I learned from it that I am taking into the new year with me.  

Here is my list for 2016- 

  1. I’m not super woman and that’s OK because no one is. (Unless you are and then please tell me your secrets and sign me up for your bootcamp!)
  2. Although I still feel like it in my brain, I am not 21 anymore and the days of pulling an all nighter ( errr…midnighter ) because I over scheduled my day and couldn’t get my work done will sneak up and bite me in the butt – FAST! 
  3. My kids deserve “me time” for themselves. Everyone needs to sit around in their pj’s sometimes right?
  4. As long as my family and I are healthy and happy nothing else really matters.

Crispy Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Pepitas recipe by @beardandbonnet on

2015 was full of adventure and excitement, but it was also stressful and chaotic. You see, I have these really delightful self destructive, workaholic tendencies that started in my late teens and twenties and have apparently followed me into my 30’s.  I tend to commit to too much for myself and the kids. I even schedule our fun days! Weird right? Inevitably something doesn’t go as planned which leaves me blaming my color coded planner for failing me when I couldn’t get every task done, at least not to my liking.

Crispy Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Pepitas recipe by @beardandbonnet on

2016 will be different – I can feel it already. Lesson learned & game well played 2015! 

So, what about you? Do you make resolutions or do you have revolutions for 2016?

Crispy Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Pepitas recipe by @beardandbonnet on


Crispy Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Pepitas

Crispy Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Pepitas recipe by @beardandbonnet on

This salad is the perfect accompaniment to a giant baked sweet potato. It’s also really tasty served withmillet cakes for a heartier meal.

  • Author: Beard and Bonnet
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 27 mins
  • Yield: 2 as a main 4 as a side 1x



For the salad

  • 1 large bunch curly kale, tough stems removed
  • 1 bunch Lacintao kale, tough stems removed
  • olive oil, salt and pepper for roasting kale
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts sliced thin
  • 1/2 chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup toasted pepitas
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/8 cup dried cranberries
  • Grated Manchego cheese for serving (omit if vegan)

For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons agave
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon grainy spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grated Manchego cheese (omit if vegan or use 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast instead of the cheese)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, lemon juice, agave, garlic clove, salt, pepper, mustard and cheese. Set aside while you work on the rest of the salad.
  3. Drizzle the kale leaves with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Spread into a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes or until the edges are crispy and the stems are wilted. Remove from oven, let cool to room temp. Stack the leaves and chop them into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  4. Remove the garlic clove from the dressing and discard. Toss the kale leaves with a few tablespoons of the dressing. Add the scallions, cilantro, pepitas, pomegranate and cranberries, then toss again. Transfer to a serving platter and top with grated Manchego cheese. Serve immediately.
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  1. Katrina January 5, 2016 at 4:49 am

    A crispy salad like this is just what I need! This looks awesome!

    1. Meg January 5, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Thanks Katrina!

  2. Charlotte January 5, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Great recipe! Never taught of mixing lettuce with pomegranate. I’m so impatient to go home and give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish January 6, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Happy 2016, Meg! I’m not really a new-year’s-resolution kinda gal either. I do a few goals, but never resolutions. I love your 2015 lessons learned; I can relate to all of them actually 🙂 And this kale salad is just powerful…great way to start the year. XO

    1. Meg January 7, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Happy 2016 to you as well Suzy and thank you!! Us working momma’s are always on the go right? I want to look back at 2016 and know I savored every moment not wishing I had been more present because I overloaded myself. This kale salad has become my go-to lunch as of late – it just never gets boring 😉

  4. Bethany Cross January 4, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    This is a nice recipe! I find it interesting having to mix pomegranate with the other ingredients such as the lettuce.


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