Festive Holiday Kale Salad

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    • 2 large bunches organic kale
    • ¼ – ½ cup dried cranberries (optional)
    • Seeds (arils) from 1 pomegranate
    • 1 cup pecans
    • 2-3 Tablespoons maple syrup


    • ½ cup olive oil
    • Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 Tablespoons)
    • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon honey or maple syrup
    • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced (or more to taste)
    • ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan or sea salt
    • 2 scoops Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens powder (optional)
    • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)


    1. Begin by roasting pecans. Preheat oven to 375F. In a bowl, toss together pecans and maple syrup. Place coated pecans on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Place on middle rack and roast for 10 minutes. Give them a stir. If you want a darker roast, continue roasting for an additional 2 to 3 minutes being careful to watch closely as nuts can quickly burn. Remove nuts from oven and let cool.
    2. Prepare the dressing. In a glass jar add in olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt, collagens powder, and cayenne. Secure lid and shake well. Set aside.
    3. Prepare the kale by cutting out the hard middle stem from each leaf. Tear or chop up the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl and add the dressing. Massage the kale with your hands until kale becomes darker in color and coated with dressing (about 2 minutes).
    4. Assemble salad by adding cooled pecans, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds. Serve and enjoy!


    Serves 6. Per Serving (based on using honey):

    Calories: 354.5 |
    Total Fat: 29.3 g |
    Total Carbohydrate: 21.2 g |
    Dietary Fiber: 5.2 g |
    Protein: 6.4 g

    Ingredient Highlights

    Apple Cider Vinegar is full of enzymes and good bacteria. It contains acetic acid, which has been shown to help lower blood pressure. 

    Cayenne pepper is a good source of beta carotene and antioxidants that support the immune system. The key compound in cayenne called capsaicin is also cardio protective, anti-inflammatory, helps prevent kidney stones and speed up metabolism, and has beneficial effects on the GI system.

    Collagen helps maintain the structure and integrity of skin, hair, nails, muscle tissue, bones, tendons, and more. Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens includes targeted nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 which enhance the bioavailability and potency of collagen.

    Cranberries are powerfully antibacterial but function differently from antibiotics. Rather than killing harmful bacteria, they simply flush it out of the body.

    There are over 300 varieties of garlic grown around the world. It is considered both a vegetable and an herb and is clinically proven to support the immune system.

    Kale contains the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, which is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. It’s also an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as copper and manganese.

    Enzymes in fresh lemon juice accelerate the digestive process. Even though lemon juice is acidic, it actually has an alkalizing effect on the body.

    Maple syrup contains a number of minerals including manganese, zinc, calcium, and potassium. It also contains amino acids, antioxidants, and even some anti-inflammatory compounds.

    Pure olive oil is high in nutrients including vitamins D, E, K, and A as well as omega-3 fatty acids. For the highest quality, look for organic extra virgin olive oil in dark glass bottles or tins that have an expiry date.

    Packed with unique antioxidants, pomegranate seeds help soothe inflammation, boost memory, and aid in weight management. They’re also highly beneficial for prostate health.

    Raw honey is a good source of many vitamins and is rich in antioxidants. Its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve overall immune function. 


    1. Okay, this is my first time using the Collagen Powder as an ingredient in my homemade salad dressing. Most of the time when making my own salad dressings I steal some of the salad ingredients and toss them into the small Magic Bullet blender cup along with the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh squeezed lemon juice and pulp, herbs and spices. Today I made a salad with English cucumber, baby zucchini, vine ripened tomatoes and a stick of celery — so no lettuce today. So to get the “greens” that I would usually take from whatever lettuce might be in my salad (spinach, Romaine, kale), I instead used about half a scoop of OrganiGreens. I usually only make small batches of salad dressing for one or two salads so didn’t want to over do it with the Collagen Powder and OrganiGreens . I will use Collagen Powder again and try a full scoop of the OrganiGreens powder in my next mix of homemade salad dressing. Thanks for sharing your recipe. It inspired me to be a bit more adventurous today!

      • That's awesome, Joanne! I love how creative you are with your own salad dressings. I am curious to try out what you do now too.

    2. The salad in the photo appears to have apple chunks in it but no apples are listed in the ingredients. Was that an accidental omission? Are the apples a variation that wasn't mentioned in the instructions?

      • Hi Cindy, thanks for your feedback.

        We apologize for the confusion. There were no apples added to this recipe. If you take look at the recipe video right at the top of the page, above the ingredients, it will confirm that. Just the ingredients listed were used.

        Feel free to recreate this recipe to your liking. Do let us know if you decide to give it a try. We'd love to hear how it turns out for you.

        We appreciate you being here with us and hope you have yourself a wonderful day!

    3. I used to use maple syrup in my homemade salad dressing then I stopped as I found it too sweet. But I will have to try this with the collagen powder (minus the sweet ingredients).

      • Sounds great, Joanne. Thanks for your feedback.

        Feel free to recreate this recipe according to your health needs and let us know how it turns out for you.

        For more healthy & delicious recipes such as this one, we welcome you to check out our recipe library: https://organixx.com/ox-recipes

        Thank you so much for being here with us. We hope you have yourself a wonderful day!

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