Citrus Kale Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

This Citrus Kale Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette is a healthy and refreshing winter detox salad.  After an indulgent holiday, this is a great way to use up leftover turkey or chicken and get some much needed nutrients between all the crazy holiday eating!
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 347kcal


For The Salad:

  • 1 bunch bunch kale ribs removed and leaves torn into pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken or turkey cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 persimmon thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 mandarin orange peeled and separated into wedges
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese chevre
  • 2-4 ounces raw walnuts

For Blood Orange Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of one blood orange
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced shallot
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Add all ingredients for blood orange vinaigrette to a mason jar, tightly seal lid and shake until fully combine (or you can just whisk it together).
  • Add the torn kale to a large salad bowl.  Pour a few tablespoons of the dressing over the kale, then massage the dressing into the kale for a few minutes.  Allow to sit while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  • To assemble salad,  add the rest of the salad ingredients to the salad bowl, toss to combine.  Top with more dressing or serve with dressing on the side.


This is a great recipe for leftover chicken or turkey!  It is also a great use for a store bought rotisserie chicken.
If you can't find blood oranges, regular oranges should work.
This would also make a great side salad and a vegetarian option just by leaving out the chicken.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3755IU | Vitamin C: 56.7mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Nutritional information is an estimate for your convenience. If you have strict nutritional needs, please do your due diligence to make sure this recipe fits your needs.
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