Whole Foods Copy Kale Salad and Petite Lasagnas

The kale salad from the salad bar at Whole Foods is delicious. My fiancé introduced it to me and a few friends and it is amazing! The dressing is sweet and a little citrusy and perfectly compliments the fresh, slightly bitter taste of kale. It's one of those dishes you don't feel guilty about when you eat a giant portion of it. But it, like everything at WH, can be pricey if you're hooked on it. I tried to look up a copy cat recipe online but wasn't very satisfied with the results. So, I did some investigating (IE reading the ingredients label at the salad bar) and came up with something pretty close.

Whole Foods Kale Salad
1 bunch kale, washed, de-stemmed, and torn into bite-sized pieces
1 c. dried cranberries
1 c. sliced blanched almonds
(the Whole Foods version also has dried apples, but the chewy texture kind of throws me off so I keep it out of mine)

1/3 c orange juice
3 tbs white balsamic vinegar
1/4 c olive oil
1 tbs honey
1/2 tsp ground oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 thinly sliced shallot

Mix together dressing ingredients.
Toss with kale, cranberries, and sliced almonds (+/- dried apples)

I made this salad to accompany petite lasagnas. I didn't want to blatantly plagiarize, so the recipe can be found at this blog:
The novelty of the cute lasagnas, or meat pies as my fiancé called them, outweighs the tastiness of it (not as yummy as the sage Italian sausage lasagna recipe I use from Epicurious). Maybe next time I'll use my Epicurious recipe in the petite lasagna format.


  1. Love me some kale salad! Yum!

  2. If you don"t like dried apples try fresh apples using a peeler. The paper- thin slices of apples taste refreshing and complement the bitter taste of kales.


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