Kale Salad with Almonds, Feta and Cherries

Today’s recipe was inspired by a salad I had in one of my favorite cafes in Brooklyn. Their kale salad had almonds, cherries and an incredible dressing. Looking for a salad to make for Thanksgiving dinner last month, I decided to do my own spin on it and created this delicious kale salad with almonds, feta, dried cherries and wheat berries. 

Kale Salad with Almonds, Feta and Cherries - this recipe for kale salad is simple to prepare and tastes delicious. With wheat berries (farro) in the ingredients, it is a filling salad, side dish, or yummy meal. You can also prepare it ahead of time - it gets even better as the flavors combine! | healthy recipe | vegetarian | recipes |

It is so delicious. It was a big hit at Thanksgiving and I realized as I had it the next day as part of the many leftovers meals that it tastes even better once it’s had time for the flavors to combine. Even after a day in the fridge with dressing on, it has a good crunch and texture (thanks in part to the almonds and wheat berries). 

Kale Salad with Almonds, Feta and Cherries - this recipe for kale salad is simple to prepare and tastes delicious. With wheat berries (farro) in the ingredients, it is a filling salad, side dish, or yummy meal. You can also prepare it ahead of time - it gets even better as the flavors combine! | healthy recipe | vegetarian | recipes |

Since then, I’ve made it a couple more times to refine the quantities and make sure the dressing was just right. You could switch out the nuts or the cheese if you want – goat cheese or parmesan would both be good, and walnuts or pecans would work, too.

Kale Salad with Almonds, Feta and Cherries - this recipe for kale salad is simple to prepare and tastes delicious. With wheat berries (farro) in the ingredients, it is a filling salad, side dish, or yummy meal. You can also prepare it ahead of time - it gets even better as the flavors combine! | healthy recipe | vegetarian | recipes |

Enjoy!

Kale Salad with Almonds, Feta and Cherries
Serves 4
This recipe for kale salad is simple to prepare and tastes delicious. With wheat berries (farro) in the ingredients, it is a filling salad, side dish, or yummy meal. You can also prepare it ahead of time - it gets even better as the flavors combine!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 min
435 calories
12 g
38 g
40 g
10 g
10 g
170 g
816 g
7 g
0 g
28 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
170g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 435
Calories from Fat 346
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
61%
Saturated Fat 10g
50%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 23g
Cholesterol 38mg
13%
Sodium 816mg
34%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 3g
14%
Sugars 7g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
54%
Calcium
27%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 bunch Tuscan kale (also called Lacinato kale)
  2. 1 tablespoon EVOO
  3. 1/2 cup roasted, salted almonds, roughly chopped
  4. 1/2 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  5. 1 cup cooked wheat berries (also called farro)
  6. 6 oz feta cheese, roughly chopped
  7. 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
For the dressing
  1. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  2. 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  3. 1/3 cup olive oil
  4. 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  6. pinch of salt and pepper
Prepare the dressing
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing into a bowl and whisk well, until the dressing thickens slightly.
Cook the wheat berries
  1. 1/2 cup of dry wheat berries will yield approximately 1 cup cooked. These take somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour to cook, depending on how soft you prefer them.
Prepare the salad
  1. Wash and pat dry the kale. Cut and remove the white ribs, then slice the kale into large ribbons.
  2. Pour over the tablespoon of EVOO and massage it into the leaves.
  3. Add the almonds, cherries and feta cheese.
  4. Add the cooked wheat berries (I did this while they were still warm from cooking, to melt the feta slightly).
  5. Add the salt and pepper, combine well.
  6. Pour over your prepared dressing, combine well.
  7. ENJOY!
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calories
435
fat
40g
protein
10g
carbs
12g
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 This recipe serves 4 as a side dish for a meal. If you want to have it for dinner by itself, it serves 2 – 3 (depending on how hungry you are!). Since it has wheat berries in it, it’s really filling and satisfying as a meal. Yummy for lunch the next day if you have leftovers! šŸ™‚

This was so good I think it will be on my Christmas menu as well!

What have you been cooking? Do you make salad in the winter time?

Kale Salad with Almonds, Feta and Cherries - this recipe for kale salad is simple to prepare and tastes delicious. With wheat berries (farro) in the ingredients, it is a filling salad, side dish, or yummy meal. You can also prepare it ahead of time - it gets even better as the flavors combine! | healthy recipe | vegetarian | recipes |

Comments

  1. Confession.
    I have never ever ever ever placed fettuccine is in my mouth šŸ™‚ it may be time to give it a try.
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      Can I just say I freaking adore your autocorrects? And that you don’t edit them? You should switch from Carla Birnberg: unapologetically myself to Carla Birnberg: unedited autocorrected. šŸ™‚ xoxo

  2. This looks tasty. But sounds like alot of steps and ingredients for it. But I’m sure the outcome is yummy.
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      So yummy! And since you can pre make it, or do some of it in advance (like the wheat berries) you can cut down on the prep. OR, just send the recipe to someone else to make you, ha ha! šŸ˜‰

  3. This looks amazing and delicious. I really shouldn’t be reading any food blogs or blog posts that mention food today as I’m on Day 1 of the Whole30! drool
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  4. Totally pinned this right after I read the title. All of my favorites are represented and I’m hosting Christmas Eve. WIN! Thanks dear šŸ™‚
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      This one is now on regular rotation in our house. I’ve also been adding grilled chicken breast to make it more protein heavy.

  5. Wheatberries are a total secret weapon of mine– love them!! What a yummy combination. Pinned!

  6. This looks like the perfect salad! I’ve never made a recipe with wheatberries.. Gotta try it!

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