Autumn Dream | Cranberry & Walnut Kale Salad

Summer may be over but salads are still in season. In fact, green leafy greens like lettuce thrives in cool weather — making it the perfect crop for autumn. I got this idea for this said from a few homegrown jalapeños in my garden. I definitely love combining sweet citrus flavors with a spicy kick, so I figured, why not translate this to a salad?


I created this extremely easy jalapeño vinaigrette that came out better than I could have expected. Spicy food is not only delicious, but it also helps kick your metabolism into full gear. And if you don’t have a high spice tolerance — this dressing isn’t as spicy as it seems!


For the salad:

  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1 lime, freshly juiced
  • 2 medium-sized jalapeño, charred and minced
  • 2-3 tablespoon capers
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon vinegar


1. To make salad: Finely chop kale and mix in a large bowl with chopped walnuts, cranberries and orange.

2. To make dressing, whisk lime juice, jalapeno, capers, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, and vinegar until smooth. Toss with rest of ingredients.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: