Parmigiano & Pomegranate Kale Salad

I don’t even know who I am anymore.

It’s like this sobriety kick has pushed me into a full-blown identity crisis, and all of a sudden I think foods like kale are acceptable.

Like, am I kidding?  I’ve been bashing kale for months!  Laughing at all you fools eating seaweed, smug in my superior taste buds, throwing shade at every opportunity possible.

And now here I am – A total sell out.

Days till I regain sanity:  Nine.

I know, this is the worst endorsement for a recipe ever.  But… I can’t help it.  Not only am I shocked and appalled that I even ate a kale salad in the first place, but then I go ahead and make one for you.  Make one!

It’s as if I’ve lost all cognitive functioning.

So yeah, just a few weeks ago I was your average twenty-something with a wine habit, a weakness for champagne, and a thing for martinis.  I ate pasta, and cookies, and was for all intents and purposes a pleasantly sarcastic NYC girrrl with nice hair and a wedding to plan.

And now?  Now I’m just some stupid chick who eats kale.

UGH.  So self loathing.

It’s clear I’m doing a horrendous job of making you want to eat this.  I guess I just can’t bring myself to admit that it’s actually… good.  Like, it’s satisfying.  And surprisingly refreshing.  Yet oddly filling.   And god dammit, it looks pretty too.

WHY is this happening?!

I’m pretty sure when February 1st rolls around I’m going to inhale 57 margaritas, look at this post, and have the eye-roll of the century.  But for now, I’m doing a kale thing, and this salad is actually pretty awesome, so just humor me.

Loves ya!

Parmigiano & Pomegranate Kale Salad

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 10 mins


  • 1 lb Kale
  • 1/4 cup Shaved Parmigiano
  • 1/4 cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 3 tbsps Whole Wheat Panko Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsps Crushed or Minced Garlic
  • 2 tsps Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt & Coarse Black Peppercorn - approx.
  • Cooking spray for browning


  1. Heat a small skillet over medium flame, then generously coat with cooking spray.  Toss in panko crumbs and stir continuously until browned, ~1 minute.  Remove from stovetop and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  While you wait for a boil, fill a large bowl with water and ice.  Add the kale to the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, then drain into colander before immediately immersing in ice water.  Chill for 1 minute, then drain again and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. While kale drys out, in small bowl whisk together lemon juice, EVOO, garlic, sugar, and salt & pepper, combining well.  Place kale in salad bowl and pour over with dressing, then toss to coat.  Sprinkle in parmigiano, pomegranate, and panko crumbs, then plate and serve.


desperate times, ya know?  desperate times.


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24 Responses to “Parmigiano & Pomegranate Kale Salad”

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 22, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    Hahahha. Love this. I was also on the I’m-never-eating-kale-because-it’s-so-trendy-and-can’t-really-be-that-good train, but then I had the most delicious kale salad and I threw in the towel. You don’t even need to convince me to eat it, because the picture is convincing enough. :) P.S I also like that you threw the term shade out there, reminds of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Watch??


    • Christine replied: — January 22nd, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who held up a good fight when it comes to kale – I guess it was only a matter of time lol. and girrrl OF COURSE I watch rhoa – trashy tv is my ultimate guilty pleasure 😉


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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods — January 22, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

    Very funny, plus your beautiful pictures sold me on this salad. Pinning!


    • Christine replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

      thanks so much Cindy! happy to have you stop by :)


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    Johlene — January 22, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

    Hey there got your name from the JessikerBakes blog :-)
    Love the look of this salad!! Xx


    • Christine replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

      awesome Johlene, so glad you found me! please come back again :)


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    Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite — January 22, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

    I don’t know what you’re talkin’ about woman because this little kale salad looks pretty DAMN amazing.


    • Christine replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

      thanks rachel!! I appreciate the enthusiasm lol


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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — January 22, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

    Haha!!! Okay ditto this post and ditto Nicole’s comment. I finally tried kale over Christmas time (my aunt made a salad) and now I’m totally obsessed! Love the pomegranates and parmesan cheese, this looks awesome Christine!


    • Christine replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

      ahhh it’s nice to know I’m in good company!! and if you too watch trashy bravo tv then our digital friendship just got even closer 😉 lol


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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life — January 23, 2014 @ 1:00 am

    Oh man, I was late to the kale game too, but I totally fell head over heels. We ordered from this awesome vegetarian place at work one day, and I had a Kale Caesar Salad that was SO GREAT it converted me to kale’s #1 fan on the spot. Unfortunately everyone else ordered wrong, so…no more awesome vegetarian place.

    I’ve been looking for a fab kale salad replacement ever since and I think this one fits the bill!


    • Christine replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

      omg a kale caesar salad sounds outrageous!!! definitely going to try and put one of those together now too (ugh… it’s getting worse! lol) thanks for coming by girrrl


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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely — January 23, 2014 @ 11:47 am

    Haha, you’re too funny. Kale salads are good! Glad you gave one a try. I was a skeptic at first too, but now I make them all the time. My secret to a good kale salad is to dress the kale and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. It’s softens the leaves a little and makes it even more tender.


    • Christine replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

      great tip Natalie, I’ll definitely be using that next time!


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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — January 23, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

    See how amazing kale is?! Haha. This looks so yum!


    • Christine replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

      thanks jessica!


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    Chris @ Shared Appetite — January 23, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

    Hahaha, loved reading this post! So funny! But I have to admit, this kale salad sure does look good! I mean, at least until February 1st hits, hahaha.


    • Christine replied: — January 24th, 2014 @ 10:02 am

      lol exactly Chris!!


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    Shells @ Bacon Egg & Cheesecake — January 24, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    I’ve been looking for a kale salad recipe, and this looks like one to try!


    • Christine replied: — January 24th, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

      thanks so much Shells!


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    Jess — January 26, 2014 @ 7:53 am

    This looks divine- loving kale atm and this salad looks so tasty :)


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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — January 28, 2014 @ 12:16 am

    Hahaha! I love this post for so many reasons. You crack me up! But, this salad…it truly does look scrumptious. So, you’re not totally bat****crazy! Thanks for sharing, Christine!


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    Megan — July 22, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    I have shared this recipe with 5 different people so far and counting! I always make it when I have company and people LOVE it!! Thanks so much for sharing :) Can’t wait to make more yummy things from your site.


    • Christine replied: — July 22nd, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

      that’s wonderful Megan, thank you so much for coming back and letting me know!! I hope you find more tasty recipes on the site to enjoy :) xx


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