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Kale and Berry Salad with Walnut Dressing

Kale and Berry Salad with Walnut Dressing
Last spring my sister, sis-in-law, aunt, mom and I took a girls trip to San Francisco.

I’ll tell you what we did for four days: eat, eat and eat. If you haven’t noticed, we love food in our family–actually, love might be an understatement, so it was convenient that we ended up in the food capitol of the U.S. for our little getaway.

One afternoon we found ourselves at the Legion of Honor Museum. After wandering through the art displays we got some lunch in the museum’s basement cafe. It was a memorable moment of the trip–we sat out on the patio enjoying the breezy afternoon and smelling the sea salt coming from the nearby ocean.

OK you’re wondering at this point how any of this has to do with kale salad? Let me explain…the salad I ordered from the cafe that day was incredible, and became the inspiration for this recipe I’m sharing with you today. It’s a tasty combo of crunchy nuts, sweet berries and creamy blue cheese chunks, drizzled with a nutty walnut dressing.

Kale and Berry Salad with Walnut Dressing
Let’s talk about the dressing for a minute. Up until now, I’d never used walnut oil before. In fact, I really didn’t know that it was a thing. Well guess what? It’s a thing, and a delicious thing. The oil has a rich, nutty taste and can be used in salad dressings or as a replacement for your typical oil when sautéing veggies or marinating meats. I highly recommend La Tourangelle’s Roasted Walnut Oil. It’s a high-quality oil that’s affordable and tastes amazing.

Kale and Berry Salad with Walnut Dressing
This is a fun recipe for this time of year. Fall is quickly approaching, and this salad combines fresh berries of summer with the nutty flavors of autumn. Don’t wait too long to make this one, because those cute berries are on their way out!

Happy kale everyone!

Kale and Berry Salad with Walnut Dressing

Kale and Berry Salad with Walnut Dressing

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 6-8 cups kale, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 3 large beets
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
  • Blue cheese crumbles (desired amount)
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup walnut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Combine the walnut oil, balsamic vinegar, honey mustard, yogurt and salt in a jar or dressing bottle and shake until mixed.
  2. Add kale to a large bowl and pour in desired amount of dressing. Using your hands, massage the dressing into the kale until leaves are saturated. Let sit 10 minutes.
  3. Add quinoa, strawberries, blueberries, beets, pumpkin seeds, pistachios and craisins to the kale bowl. Toss with more salad dressing if needed and sprinkle with blue cheese.


*Some people dislike the strong taste of blue cheese. If you are one of these people, shaved Parmesan or Feta cheese are great substitutes!

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  • Reply Randa @ TBK September 21, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I have a bottle of walnut oil sitting in my pantry, I should start experimenting with it. This salad sounds great.

    • Reply Sarah September 21, 2015 at 8:37 am


      Yes! Break that thing open and start using it for salad dressings, meats and sautéing veggies. Seriously so yum!

  • Reply Kam Kay September 21, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I would love a getaway to SF with my girl friends lol This salad with walnut dressing looks amazingly delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will be trying it sometime soon!

    • Reply Sarah September 21, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Yes, girls trips are the BEST right? And thanks! Give this salad a try…I hope you like it!

  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness September 21, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I love girls trips, I love kale, and I love getting recipe inspiration from great restaurants. Great post Sarah!

    • Reply Sarah September 21, 2015 at 9:16 am


      Thanks so much! I love that there are other kale lovers out there. My husband thinks I’m crazy for all the kale I bring home from the grocery store. 🙂

  • Reply Betsy September 21, 2015 at 9:18 am

    This looks delicious! I love any salad that involves fresh fruit! Sharing this on Twitter!

    • Reply Sarah September 21, 2015 at 12:33 pm


      Thanks so much for sharing it! Fresh fruit salads are the bomb right? Enjoy!

  • Reply Liz September 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve never used walnut oil to make dressing.. totally trying this!

    • Reply Sarah September 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm


      Yes give it a try! It seriously is so yum…officially my new favorite oil for salad dressings.

  • Reply Paula Niziolek May 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Oh yum! I think I’m hungry 😉 I love that you ate your way through San Francisco. Perfect!

    • Reply Sarah May 6, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Paula, That’s the only way to do San Fran, right? 😉

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl May 23, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I love the idea of using a walnut oil for this salad – I bet it has an amazing smell too. Thanks for this delicious kale salad!

    • Reply Sarah May 23, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Pamela, Have you ever tried walnut oil? If not, go buy some! Seriously, it is SO yummy!

  • Reply Lucy May 23, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I love walnut oil! It’s so flavorful and toasty. This looks like the perfect summer salad. So many berries and delicious nuts/seeds!

    • Reply Sarah May 23, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      Right? I feel like walnut oil is under appreciated. People don’t realize how amazing it is! Glad you like the salad 🙂

  • Reply Linda @ 2 Cookin' Mamas May 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve been wondering what to use my Walnut Oil! Thanks for this delicious looking summer salad. Love the kale base and the addition of my favorites, quinoa & pistachios. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply Sarah May 23, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Linda, I hope you like it!

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