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Warm Sweet Kale Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

This warm sweet kale salad with poppyseed dressing is crunchy, bright, and full of sweet cranberries and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Warm Sweet Kale Salad

I’ve been on a lunchtime salad kick lately.

Every time noon rolls around, I begin rummaging through my fridge for salad ingredients. I grab anything and everything that can be tossed with lettuce. I’ll admit, most days my salad is fairly boring and lackluster, a bed of greens topped with slices of cucumber. Can that even be considered a salad?

Warm Sweet Kale Salad

And then I discovered Eat Smart Gourmet Salad and Stir Fry Kits. Each bag is loaded with at least 5-7 different superfoods: kale, shaved brussels sprouts, green cabbage, broccoli, sliced carrots, chicory, seeds, nuts, and dried fruit.

Warm Sweet Kale Salad

Warm Sweet Kale Salad

It’s a meal in a bag, and a party in your mouth!

The bags live in your fridge until you’re ready eat. There’s no thought required. Grab a bag, toss the ingredients together, eat. It’s that simple.

I instantly fell in love with their Sweet Kale Salad Kit. It’s loaded with fresh kale, shaved brussels sprouts, broccoli, red chicory, and green cabbage. The kit comes with a package of toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and a sweet and tangy poppyseed dressing.

Warm Sweet Kale Salad

Sure, I could have eaten the salad as is, but it’s cold outside, and I wanted to do something a bit unconventional, so I sautéed the greens with a little olive oil just until warmed through and slightly wilted.

After the greens get a spa treatment, I mix in the dried cranberries and toasted pumpkin seeds, and then I drizzle on the poppyseed dressing.

Warm Sweet Kale Salad

The salad is super crunchy, slightly sweet, and extremely addictive. I’ve since purchased several bags that I keep in the fridge for whenever the mood strikes. This salad is also great topped with roasted chicken or salmon.

Warm Sweet Kale Salad

Crunchy greens get sautéed until warm and tossed with sweet dried cranberries and toasted pumpkin seeds. The sweet, tangy poppyseed dressing will have you craving this salad day after day.

Yield: 1 large salad

Total Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 (12-ounce) Sweet Kale Salad Kit (such as Eat Smart)



Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan.

Add the contents of the salad kit (minus the cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and dressing) to the sauté pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes. The greens should be crisp and slightly warm.

Transfer the warmed greens to a large bowl. Toss with dried cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds, and poppyseed dressing. Serve immediately.

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11 Responses to “Warm Sweet Kale Salad with Poppyseed Dressing”

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — January 15, 2015 at 8:08 am

    What a pretty and colorful salad! Yum!


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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — January 15, 2015 at 10:21 am

    That poppyseed dressing sounds unbelievable.


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    [email protected] — January 15, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I love the idea of a warm salad on a cold January day! This looks delish! Pinning!


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    K / Pure & Complex — January 15, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I’m such a salad person and who doesn’t love kale. This looks so delish.


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    Ashley — January 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I love that you sauteed the kale! I love warm kale salads! And it’s just so darn pretty too :)


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    Kelly - Life Made Sweeter — January 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    This salad is gorgeous! I rummage around my fridge for things to add to my salad too and this salad kit would make things so much easier! Sauteeing the kale sounds perfect in the colder months!


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    Allie | Baking a Moment — January 16, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    What a great way to make healthy eating so much easier! The flavors sound fantastic and your photos are stunning! Love that you wilted the greens, that is one of my favorite things, ever ;)


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    Matea — January 20, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Salads make up some of my favorite meals and this one won’t be an exception!


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    [email protected] — January 20, 2015 at 11:59 am

    What a gorgeous salad and such a great idea to warm the kale. Nothing blah about this salad. In fact, I’m going to look for it when I hit the market later today! : )


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    Laura Dembowski — February 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I’m obsessed with making exciting salads, especially ones that involve kale. Love the idea of warming it up!


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    Carole Skaggs — April 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Like to know who makes the Poppy Seed Dressing for the Eat Smart Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Kit sold in grocery stores!! It is the BEST dressing I have had. T Y11


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