Winter Clementine Fennel and Kale Salad

This Winter Clementine Fennel and Kale Salad is bright and deliciously festive. Kale tossed with thinly sliced fennel, radishes and clementines. Drizzled with a light poppy seed yogurt dressing, pomegranate seeds and fennel fronds.

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Confession: I made this salad a few weeks ago while listening to the world champion chess match. No I don’t play chess and yes you heard that right, I listened to a chess match. Might I add that the only reason I was listening was a) because it wasn’t televised. And b) a year or so ago, Pat and I watched a documentary on the reigning champion and he was challenging a guy from the US so I was curious.

Although, I quickly found out that listening to chess commentators is the absolute worst. Because of all the chess lingo being thrown about and the speculative move strategizing, I could only stand to listen for about a half an hour before I had to shut if off. 

Winter Clementine Fennel and Kale Salad l SimplyScratch.com

However, this salad was the least bit annoying. Fresh produce in a light citrusy dressing, how could you go wrong? 

Winter Clementine Fennel and Kale Salad l SimplyScratch.com Winter Clementine Fennel and Kale Salad l SimplyScratch.com

The dressing is simple: 1/4 cup unsweetened nonfat Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons light olive oil and 2 tablespoon fresh clementine  juice, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons honey, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon each freshly ground black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and mustard powder. 

Secure a lid and shake well to combine, therefore making sure the honey is mixed throughout.

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For the salad you will need: 1 large bunch lacinato kale, olive oil and salt, 1 medium fennel bulb (plus fronds), a few radishes – sliced thin, 4 to 6 clementines, peeled and sliced into “wheels”, pomegranate seeds and the yogurt poppy seed dressing.

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First, strip the kale leaves off of the stems, discarding the stems and roughly chopping the leaves. Next, wash and spin-dry (or pat dry with a kitchen towel) the kale leaves before adding them to a bowl and drizzling them with a teaspoon of olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt. Use your impeccably clean hands to massage the oil and salt into the kale leaves. Doing this will make the leaves more tender.

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Next add the thinly sliced fennel into the bowl with the kale and toss to combine. 

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Finally transfer the kale and fennel to a serving platter or bowl before topping with thinly sliced radishes, oranges, and then the chopped fennel fronds. 

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Next drizzle with the clementine yogurt poppy seed dressing and then scatter the pomegranate seeds over top.

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Lastly season the salad with more freshly ground black pepper and then serve immediately. As you can see, this salad is pretty simple to pull together. With that said, you can definitely prep most of everything (except the clementines) the day before. But because of the citrus juice in the dressing, I would not recommend making that too far in advance. 

Like Christmas on a plate, this salad is colorful and light, bursting with flavor and perfect for the holidays! The citrus is a nice contrast with the earthy kale, licorice flavor of the fennel and tart pomegranate arils.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Clementine Fennel and Kale Salad recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 6+

Winter Clementine Fennel and Kale Salad

Winter Clementine Fennel and Kale Salad
This Winter Clementine Fennel and Kale Salad is bright and deliciously festive. Kale tossed with thinly sliced fennel, radishes and clementines. Drizzled with a light poppy seed yogurt dressing, pomegranate seeds and fennel fronds.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE CREAMY CLEMENTINE POPPY SEED DRESSING:

  • 1/4 cup nonfat (unsweetened) plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons clementine juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey, more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 1 large bunch lacinato kale, leaves stripped and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • a pinch kosher salt
  • 1 bulb fennel, cored and thinly sliced, plus 1 tablespoon minced fennel fronds
  • 4 to 6 clementines, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • thinly sliced radish
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the salad dressing in a jar. Secure the lid and shake well to combine.
  2. Rinse and dry the kale leaves before adding them to a large bowl with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt. Massage until the leaves become slightly tender.
  3. Toss the kale with the fennel and transfer to a serving platter or bowl.
  4. Top with sliced clementines, radish and chopped fennel fronds.
  5. Drizzle with dressing and top with pomegranate arils and black pepper.
  6. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 241mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 16g Protein: 3g
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