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The Best Vegan Kale Salad Recipe with Oranges

This vegan kale salad recipe is a bright and flavorful side salad, loaded with juicy fresh oranges, pepitas, hearty cooked quinoa, and a bright balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a quick and easy meal, and completely plant-based.

It’s a crowd pleaser salad with so much flavor in each bite – great for vegans and non-vegans alike! I love serving this salad with a thick slice of vegan garlic bread or spaghetti squash soup for a hearty meal.

the best vegan kale salad recipe with oranges and quinoa with a homemade dressing

Winter is here, and I love making big bright salads loaded with fresh produce. And this orange and kale salad is an easy way to enjoy fresh fruits, hearty greens, and cooked quinoa. This is the best kale salad recipe, we absolutely love to make it for dinner parties or gatherings, it’s a fantastic crowd pleaser!

This salad makes a fantastic side dish, appetizer for entertaining, or even a light lunch. Start by massaging the kale (which breaks it down and becomes more tender), and making a 5-minute vinaigrette dressing. Grab your favorite salad bowl for this easy, flavorful, and great recipe you can make any time of year!

This Vegan Kale Salad Recipe with Oranges Is

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Plant-Based
  • High in Fiber
  • Sweet
  • Easy to Make
  • Flavorful
  • Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, and Gluten Free
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Fresh Salad Recipes You’ll Make Again & Again

We absolutely love big bold salads, with fresh leafy greens, beans and grains, and tasty dressings. This hearty kale salad is the perfect combination of savory with pops of sweetness from the fresh oranges (I love adding fresh fruit to salads). This is our favorite kale salad and is in our regular rotation of dinners. 

There are NO boring salads here, we bring our best ingredients to each & every salad pairing. Some are light and delicate, some are hearty and satisfying (like this easy recipe with kale). Browse through all our trending salad recipes to find your next favorite – great for a main dish, a complete meal, or for a side salad.

Ingredients in Vegan Kale Salad

Other Optional Add-Ins

You could also add the following addition in to personalize your salad.

  • White Beans or cooked chickpeas
  • Red onion slices
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Pine nuts or toasted almonds to top
  • Tomatoes or sliced bell pepper
  • Red pepper flakes for a little heat
  • Dried cranberries for added sweetness
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How to Make This Easy Vegan Kale Recipe

  1. Thoroughly wash and dry kale. Remove any large stems or tough ribs using a paring knife, leaving only the leaves, and discard stems. Finely chop the kale leaves and place in a large serving bowl.
  2. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a little salt over the kale, and using your hands, massage the kale for 5 minutes. Kale will wilt and tenderize as it’s being massaged, making it the perfect soft texture for salads. 
  3. To the massaged kale, add the cooked quinoa and sliced oranges. Toss well to combine.
  4. Add the dressing – either using store bought, or if following the recipe, mixing all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl before dressing the salad.
  5. Top with pepitas and enjoy!
  6. Store leftover salad in an airtight container, refrigerate, and enjoy within 1 day.

Dietary Modifications

  • This recipe is veganvegetarian, and dairy free. To make this a raw kale salad, omit the quinoa.
  • To make this recipe gluten free, ensure all ingredients you are using (including any store bought salad dressings) are certified gluten free, and always check the labels of ingredients before using.

Make Kale Salad Vegan for a Plant-Based Version

This vegan kale salad is a simple way to get extra veggies in your diet. I’m all about making recipes plant-based when I can. Vegan cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. By building meals around vegan pantry staples and swapping in a few plant-based ingredients you can make better meals for you and your family. 

I made a list of my 125 favorite vegan pantry ingredients that we use on a weekly basis, and check out all my vegan recipes here that are on The Herbeevore. These easy recipes are fantastic meatless and dairy free meals for your table.

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the best vegan kale salad recipe with oranges and quinoa with a homemade dressing

Vegan Kale Salad Recipe with Oranges

Kelly Jensen
This vegan kale salad recipe is a bright and flavorful side salad, loaded with juicy fresh oranges, pepitas, hearty cooked quinoa, and a bright balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a quick and easy meal, and completely plant-based.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Additional Time if Cooking Quinoa from Scratch 30 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 158 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Vegan Kale Salad

  • 1 large bunch fresh kale
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch salt
  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa see note below
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing recipe follows

Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

Instructions
 

  • Thoroughly wash and dry kale. Remove any large stems using a paring knife, leaving only the leaves, and discard stems. Finely chop the kale leaves and place in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil over the kale, and using your hands, massage the kale for 5 minutes. Kale will wilt and tenderize as it’s being massaged, making it the perfect soft texture for salads.
  • To the massaged kale, add the cooked quinoa and sliced oranges. Toss well to combine.
  • Add the dressing – either using store bought, or if following the recipe, mixing all ingredients together in a small bowl before dressing the salad.
  • Top with pepitas and enjoy!
  • Store leftover salad in an airtight container, refrigerate, and enjoy within 1 day.

Notes

How To Cook Quinoa

Combine 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil on the stove top, then cover and allow quinoa to simmer for 20 minutes until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and add to salad.

Dietary Modifications

    • This dressing recipe is vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, and egg free.
    • To make gluten free, ensure that all ingredients including condiments and spices are certified gluten free before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.003gSodium: 165mgPotassium: 229mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1708IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 1mg
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