Crazy for Kale Salad with Dijon Pumpkin Seed Dressing


Category: Salads

Share this delicious Nutritarian salad with friends and family. It is well received by the health conscious and not so health conscious. Pine nuts, raisins and hemp seeds add texture, favor and added nutrients.

  • Recipe
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  • Nutrition Facts
  • Ratings & Comments (12)


For the Dressing:
1 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Dr. Fuhrman's MatoZest (or other no-salt seasoning blend, adjusted to taste)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon coconut aminos
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 medjool or 8 regular dates, pitted
For the Salad:
1 bunch kale, tough stems and center ribs removed, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed corn kernels
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts, or chopped toasted raw almonds
1/4 cup raisins or currants
2 tablespoons hemp seeds


Place all dressing ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed to reach desired consistency.

Place chopped kale in a large bowl and massage 1 cup of the dressing (or more if desired) into the chopped kale leaves and let the kale "marinate" in the dressing for 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors of the dressing to soak into the kale leaves.

Add the remaining salad ingredients to bowl of marinated kale and mix well.

Note: Leftover dressing can be refrigerated and used for another salad.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 4

Per Serving:

Calories 343
Protein 11 g
Carbohydrates 56 g
Sugars 30 g
Total Fat 12.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 114 mg
Fiber 8.9 g
Beta-Carotene 8464 ug
Vitamin C 158 mg
Calcium 188 mg
Iron 4.3 mg
Folate 89 ug
Magnesium 165 mg
Potassium 1173 mg
Zinc 2.5 mg
Selenium 4.1 ug

My Rating: 
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Elaine Garces

04/25/2017 07:16 PM

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This salad is fantastic. The dressing is bright, and has a unique flavor. To thicken it I used 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, but either way, what a great tasting dressing. And the salad was wonderful - so many flavors. I especially liked the bursts of corn flavor. This will be one of my all-time favorite salads from DF's website. Very company worthy. I like that it's like a Cobb salad - chunks of intense flavors throughout. THANK YOU!


08/21/2017 10:51 PM

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Magnificent recipe, scrumptious salad. My SAD friends loved it. I like it best without the raisins and substituting jicama for the cucumbers. I expect this to be served in heaven.

This comment was last edited on 08/21/2017 10:55 PM


04/11/2018 02:03 PM

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Great salad, and it arrived on the daily email just in time!  I was wondering how to use the Russian Kale, and this was the answer. We also had an excess of spring onions which I feared would spoil, so used them in lieu of an onion. We did not have any tomatoes or cucumbers, but did have some radishes that needed to be used, so I used them. However, the key to this salad is the dressing which I made as directed, and of course the kale. Jill normally doesn’t like kale salads, but actually complemented this one— and we both had second helpings!


04/12/2018 05:13 AM

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This will be my new favorite dressing. I love it. So full of flavor!


07/07/2018 12:12 PM

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This is one of my favorite salads. great combo of vegetables and the dressing is superb! Yummy!!!!!

This comment was last edited on 07/07/2018 12:14 PM


05/28/2020 06:01 PM

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LOVE this dressing!    I modified the salad a bit...using blueberries instead of raisins and a few other adjustments based on what I was trying to use up.    DELICIOUS!!


i would rate it 5 stars if I could figure out how to!

This comment was last edited on 05/28/2020 06:01 PM

EatingforLife replies:

04/13/2021 10:19 AM

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Sandy, if you scoll above the comments, there is an area that says: My Rating. Just click on the appropriate #. :)



10/31/2020 12:14 AM

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This is my favorite salad so far.  I make it as it written except I only use two large dates instead of the four medjool dates.  I make it without the currents and hemp seeds.  It makes a large amount of salad and everyone who has tried it, loves it.  They can't tell it's made with kale.  Update:  I now make it with the currents.  I love it and make it once a week using fresh kale, cucumber, and tomatoes from my garden.

This comment was last edited on 06/24/2021 05:53 PM


04/13/2021 10:20 AM

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This was included in the Emergency Weight Loss PDF. Time consuming, but one of the most memorable dishes. I add radicchio & quinoa for texture & bitterness. Soooo good!

This comment was last edited on 04/20/2021 01:12 PM


01/15/2022 07:46 PM

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We loved it. Even my 15 year old son ate some. Delicious!


06/01/2022 09:09 PM

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The dressing is the shining star of this salad.


07/05/2022 08:41 AM

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Very nice indeed. I'll add slightly less water next time to thicken and intensify the flavour of the dressing though.


07/05/2022 05:31 PM

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We don't have pumpkin seeds right now. Would sunflower seeds work?