Maple, Kale, Cranberry, & Pepita Salad 

Yield: 8-10 Servings

1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons Vermont Maple Sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoons Seville Orange Peel

1/2 Teaspoon French Grey Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Tellicherry Peppercorns

8 Cups Baby Kale Leaves

1 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

1 Cup Roasted Pepitas

1/2 Cup Vermont Maple Flakes

This is a real fan favorite around here, especially with those who love kale. While it's refreshingly delicious any time of year, we love to serve it as a side dish for Thanksgiving and other major feasts. The kale, cranberries, and maple vinaigrette provide a nice contrast to some of the heavier dishes we serve at such times. 


Make the Maple Vinaigrette ahead of time and allow to stand for at least one hour before serving. Place cider vinegar, olive oil, maple sugar, mustard, orange peel, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Whisk together until well blended and set aside.


Place kale leaves in a large mixing bowl. Strain vinaigrette to remove orange peel, then whisk again. Pour over kale and massage into the leaves. Place salad in refrigerator and let stand for several hours before serving. Toss occasionally while standing.


Before serving, add dried cranberries and roasted pepitas to the salad. Toss well and transfer salad to a serving dish. Sprinkle on top with Vermont Maple Flakes, and serve.   

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
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Vermont Maple
Made by boiling pure maple syrup
until only granules remain, our 
Vermont Maple Sugar is a must-have for every Home Chef. It's great in sweet and savory recipes alike. Just let your adventurous culinary spirit be your guide! 
French Grey
Salt Salt
With its artisanal, Old World
appeal, French Grey sea salt is a
favorite of professional chefs. Hand
harvested from mineral-rich salt beds,
we believe this one is the perfect salt for accomplished Home Chefs as well.
French Grey Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
Seville Orange
Used by Scandinavian chefs
as a seasoning for game & poultry dishes, sauces, wines and liqueurs, our Seville Orange Peel is a must-have for any adventurous Home Chef. Use as the Scandinavians do, and add it to breads, cakes, cookies, too. 
Seville Orange Peel from MorningStar Kitchen
No Home Chef's kitchen is
complete without Tellicherry peppercorns, which are considered the finest pepper in the world. Left on the vine longer than other black peppercorns, these berries are given time to develop their complex, robust flavor to develop more fully.
Tellicherry Peppercorn from MorningStar Kitchen
Vermont Maple
Maple Flakes offer Home Chefs
an elegant way to add flavor and texture
to cookies, cakes, cobblers, pancakes, and waffles. But don't stop there! Sprinkle in salads or on top of roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, and more.
33 Vermont Maple Flakes Shot
If you're like us, you love those get-togethers when salads become the
star of the show!
If  you're looking for
more salad ideas, check out some of our other
recipes like  our 
Caribbean Couscous Salad
Caribbean Couscous Recipe by MorningStar Kitchen