Raspberry & Blood Orange Mixed Baby Kales Salad

After reading Lisa’s (Authentic Suburban Gourmet) recipe and her glowing review for Cara Cara Orange and Kale Salad this past week I was determined to make my own raw kale salad.  My market sells pre-washed ready to eat organic kale for salads two ways.  They sell it in a box already chopped and ready to throw in a salad bowl which my produce man says is the most popular one and that they fly out the door.  They also offer Mixed Baby Kales which is what I bought to use in my salad.  How could I resist the name Baby Kales?  Impossible, I couldn’t!  If  you’re interested, feel free to read up on the nutritional value of Earthbound Farm Organic Mixed Baby Kales.  I already had blood oranges in the fridge and was planning on using them in this salad. I wanted to add berries depending on which ones looked the best at the market and raspberries were the winners.  A sprinkle of chopped walnuts and mild Italian Gorgonzola cheese which I forgot to put on the salad when I took the picture, finished off my raw kale salad.  The recipe is based on the ingredients that I thought I would like in my salad but it could also be a jumping off point for all the things you enjoy in a salad.
The dressing softens up the Mixed Baby Kales quickly if you’re worried that they might not be very tender in the salad.  The best method  to evenly coat the greens with the salad dressing is to use your hands.  I loved the blood oranges, raspberries, walnuts, shallots and light Italian Gorgonzola in my salad but feel free to experiment with your favorites.  I don’t think you can go wrong here, just have fun creating your own raw kale salad which has to be one of the healthiest salads going.
Ingredients and Directions for Raspberry & Blood Orange Mixed Baby Kales Salad
Serves 4 generously
1- 5 ounce box Mixed Baby Kales (Earthbound Farm Organic)
1- 6 ounce basket raspberries
4 blood oranges, peeled and cut in segments or rounds
1 cup walnuts, chopped
4 ounces light Italian Gorgonzola, for sprinkling on top
for the dressing
1 small shallot, finely chopped
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons blood orange juice
1 teaspoon raw honey
2 tablespoons walnut oil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
First make the dressing using two small bowls.  In one bowl add the shallots and white balsamic vinegar, mix to moisten the shallots and set aside.  In the second bowl add the ginger, lemon and blood orange juice, honey, walnut oil and olive oil, set aside.  Right before using the dressing, whisk the shallot/vinegar mixture into the ginger/lemon juice/oil mixture and season to taste with sea salt and pepper.  Meanwhile put together the salad in a large bowl.  Add the baby kales, raspberries, blood orange segments or slices and walnuts to the bowl and gently toss.  Pour in the salad dressing and mix well with your hands.  Sprinkle on the Gorgonzola right before serving.
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  1. A salad full of bright flavors – I'm adding this to my arsenal of kale recipes! I have several for every season :) Have a great weekend, Patty!

  2. yummy looking salad

  3. Now you inspired me to try this baby kale! The blood orange is a really nice touch on this salad too. Not to mention, the dressing! Ginger, lemon/orange juice and honey along with balsamic vinegar? I've never tried white balsamic vinegar. So curious to try this dressing. Love it! Have a great weekend Patty and stay dry in this wet weather here…

  4. That's just beautiful! I love those little baby kales. :)

  5. Patty, This sounds like such a wonderful salad! I have kale in my garden but it’s all from last summer…I’ll have to look for some baby kale! All the flavors sound so delicious…blood oranges and raspberries, yum! My kind of salad!

  6. You've been making some very beautiful and tasty looking foods…they are inspiring. Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Patti, wow. I haven't seen baby kale up here, which is sad – because this is beautiful

  8. Your salad sounds great! I rarely use fresh kale, I need to start eating it that way more often.

  9. Great vinaigrette and a lovely salad to go with it. This salad says, “Spring”.

  10. We have Earthbound Organics here in Toronto but I haven't seen baby kales yet! Maybe I should visit my local grocer and make a buying suggestion! This salad looks sooooo pretty. I'm sure it tastes good, too!

  11. I love what is in this salad, I think fruit goes well with greens in a salad. Great photos too :) Pinning this!

  12. I have been trying to incorporate more kale into our menus, but I don't think I have ever had baby kale. Must find some! This is a gorgeous salad :)

  13. Patty you always have the best salads. This one is no exception, loving the flavors. Unfortunately kale is no where to be found here :( But I'd love to try it. Have a great weekend!

    loving all the color in your photos :)

  14. Oh what a great photographs..I love this salad and will try to make it maybe even today! Great combo!!!!! Have a lovely day sweetie!

  15. I am not a huge fan of kale, but the dressing for this sounds incredible! It would be good on so many other salads too!

  16. We don't have baby kale in our area, not even at Whole Foods. California has the most interesting and special veggies that we jut don't get; like for instance, the other day I notice rainbow carrots in a magazine…and sure enough they were the color of the “rainbow”…in our wildest quest, no way we could find stuff like that here.

    Your blood oranges are really vibrant and beautiful, Patty…paired with delicate raspberries, and combined in an unusual crip, and delcious healthy salad. Love the dressing, as well! Photos are superb…as always!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  17. I was also inspired to try the salad after reading Lisa's post but now even more so after seeing your version. I'll have to look for baby kale now. I need a new salad to add to my rotation and this will be it.

  18. Patty – I feel honored that I brought inspiration to you. Love the idea of baby kale -where did you find it? Very tasty looking salad. Your photos are great and glad that you are loving the photo editing software. Hope you and hubby have a great weekend!!!

  19. Now, you have made me curious about raw kale. It has been popping up in the blogosphere. I do like kale and need to go check out the health food store to see if I can get organic baby kale. Love the addition of blood oranges, berries, and walnuts in your salad.

  20. I have never had baby kale…and as you might have already known that I am a salad fanatic. So this is on my list.

  21. Loving kale more and more. So much of this is used in my meals. Your salad dressing is sublime ;o)

    Those magazine style captures are absolutely appealing Patty.

    Flavourful wishes,

  22. I don't think I could resist “Baby Kales” either…so cute :) And such a lovely salad and beautiful flavors!
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend, hugs

  23. What a fantastic salad; a keeper that i will try; love your choice ingredients.

  24. What a wonderful celebration of Spring! I love the color & flavor combinations!

  25. Such a gorgeous, vibrant salad, Patty! I need to jump on the kale bandwagon…and this salad looks like an excellent starting point~

  26. Look beautiful Patty, love the colours!! nice!

  27. Awesome! what a lovely salad hihi. love it :)

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