Transform bagged kale salad into an impressive and delicious salad with homemade creamy poppyseed dressing, nuts and dried cranberries.
This kale salad is so easy to make and so delicious! Simply combine a bagged kale salad with homemade poppyseed dressing and a sprinkle of nuts and dried cranberries. In just 10 minutes you'll have a gorgeous salad for parties and holidays.
The flavors in this salad are earthy and nutty with a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavor. It's healthy but tastes so indulgent! The homemade creamy poppyseed dressing is better than anything you can buy at the store, and it's so easy to make.
Bagged Kale Salad: You'll have enough salad dressing to cover a large bag of kale salad. Some kale salad kits also include dried fruit and nuts.
Nuts: Pecans are amazing in this salad, but so are slivered almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and pistachios. Roasted nuts have more flavor and more crunch than raw. You can buy dry-roasted nuts at the store or roast your own.
Dried cranberries: Affordable and easy to find, dried cranberries add color and sweet, tart flavor to the salad. Dried cherries are also really good. Or, you can use fresh fruit instead like chopped apple, pear or pomegranate.
Creamy poppyseed dressing
Greek yogurt gives this poppyseed dressing a rich and creamy texture. Whisk in apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, shallot and poppyseeds for flavor. The flavors are a perfect balance of sweet, tangy and savory.
This dressing is also perfect for any type of coleslaw and chicken salad.
Though the flecks of dark color are very pretty, this salad dressing is still delicious without poppyseeds. If you don't have any poppyseeds, just leave them out.
For other poppyseed recipes, you can use black sesame seeds as a substitute for poppyseeds.
I've massaged many kale salads in my life and I have to be honest, I don't think it does a whole lot (except make extra work for you!)
To make kale more tender, here are two easy strategies:
- Dress the kale salad and let it sit for 30 minutes or so before serving. Acidic ingredients like vinegar and yogurt can help tenderize and soften greens.
- Chop full stalks of kale into thin ribbons. If you've bought bagged kale salad, pulse the kale leaves in a food processor for 30 seconds or so until finely chopped. Smaller pieces of kale are easier to chew!
FAQs About Poppyseed Dressing
You can, but the salad dressing won't be quite as creamy and the flavor will be more tart and tangy.
I really prefer Greek yogurt for this salad dressing.
It's best to use this poppyseed dressing within 5 days. It can also be used for chicken salad or coleslaw.
You can use fresh lemon juice in place of apple cider vinegar.
Poppyseeds are tiny dried seeds that come from the poppy plant. They have a crunchy texture and mild nutty flavor. Poppyseeds have a high oil content and won't stay fresh forever. Keep them in a cool location and try to use up poppyseeds within 6 months.
Although kale is a hearty green, leftovers of this salad do get a little bit soft if kept overnight. The nuts will lose a little bit of their crunch too. Ideally, add dressing either immediately before eating the salad or up to a few hours before.
This dressing is deliciously thick and creamy. I spoon it over kale, then toss the salad well. If you want a thinner dressing that's easier to pour, just whisk in a little bit of water until it has the consistency you want.
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