Baby Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Spicy Candied Pecans

Baby Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Spicy Candied PecansThis salad tastes like candy. No I’m not trying to trick you into eating your veggies. But with all the spicy sweet candied pecans and sweet and slightly sour pomegranate seeds, the kale is really just a vehicle to help get more of these in your mouth.

Have you ever heard of eating baby kale in a salad before? It’s new to me, but maybe I just need to eat more salads. It has also taken over first place as my favourite kind of lettuce. Maybe now I will actually eat more salads.

Baby Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Spicy Candied Pecans

I have a question for you. How do you get the pomegranate seeds out of pomegranate? Do you have any super tricks you’d like to share with me? My method involves 15 frustrating minutes at my kitchen counter and a whole bunch of pomegranate juice sprayed everywhere. There must be a better way. If you’ve got one, can you share it with me in the comments!!

Baby Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Spicy Candied Pecans

Baby Kale Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Spicy Candied Pecans
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This salad is so pretty that it is perfect to serve at a dinner party, but so easy to make you could eat it for lunch.
Recipe type: Salad
  • Baby kale
  • Pea shoots
  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • Olive oil
  • Good quality vinegar (I used a raspberry vinegar)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Candied Pecans: toast pecans in a frying pan over medium heat until fragrant and slightly brown, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.
  2. Add water, sugar, salt and a good dose of pepper. Cook, stirring frequently until water has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  3. Place pecans on a plate and break apart any pieces that are stuck together. Keep stirring them occasionally until they have cooled completely.
  4. Salad: place kale in a bowl and drizzle with a little olive oil. Massage the oil into the kale using your hands for 1 minute (don't miss this step!)
  5. Add vinegar and toss to coat. Add remaining ingredients, setting aside a handful of candied pecans and pomegranate seeds to garnish with, and gently toss salad.
  6. Add to individual plate or a large serving dish and garnish with remaining candied pecans and pomegranate seeds.


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  1. Havi says

    Hi,I grew up where we had trees full of Pomegranate, so we did it every day and feel up big bowls, put them in the freezer and eat them like frozen candies. I cut the Pomegranate in half ( when at the end the crown is on one side) , than I take a plastic bag , put my hand in it like a glove. Put one half of the Pomegranate in my hand with the seeds facing down into my hand.Put this hand over a big bowl . Now I get a heavy spoon and bang on the outside of the Pomegranate. In few bangs the seeds will start falling into your hand.

  2. says

    What a yummy recipe! Pecans are not that common here i Denmark, so i think i would give it a try with almonds instead. As far as deseeding a pomegranate, i simply cut it in half. Over a large bowl hold one of the halfs with cut side down and against your palm. Does it make sense? Then bang on the fruit with the back of a wooden spoon. This will shake the seeds right out, falling to your hand and into the bowl, including those lovely juices. Repeat with other half. Just make sure to choose a bowl big enough to avoid juice splatter all over the kitchen;-)

  3. Doug says

    The way I make spicy pecans is to make simple syrup, boil the nuts in that for 5 minutes. On the side mix together some cayenne or if you have it, togarashi mixed with brown sugar and cinammon. I do everything to taste so I don’t have specific quantities. Then take the nuts and coat them in that mixture while they are still wet from the simple syrup, then bake them on a pan in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or so. Again watch them so they don’t burn. Let them cool and when they cool they really crisp up for you.

    As far as my experience with pomegranate, you don’t want to just slice the thing open, make some 4 slices in the perimeter around the outside and rip the damn thing apart. Then as most everyone else has said, put the portions in a bowl of cold water and that helps release them. I make my own pomegranate juice for cocktails because its stupid expensive otherwise.

    • Kristen says

      Hey Doug,

      Sounds like we make spicy pecans in a pretty similar way, except I omit the oven part. I’ll sometimes add cayenne or other flavours depending on what I’m going for. A splash of bourbon is great too :)

  4. says

    The way that I get the seeds out is to roll it on the counter while pressing down lightly, cut a pomegranate in half and then literally turn it inside out. All the seeds are easily accessed that way….I have not tried doing this in a bowl of water like the above suggestions, but that sounds helpful too.

    • Kristen says

      Hey Karen,

      I bet that rolling the pomegranate gently really helps to loosen some of the seeds. I will give that a shot!

  5. Elaina & Stuart says

    Hi Kristen!
    Your website of recipes is great…have sampled some recently at Bruce & Lisa’s! Yum!
    Lisa suggested I tell you Stu’s secret weapon for Pomegranite seed removal. Last summer he discovered it at Save On Foods beside the pomegranites & it has made pomegranite life so much simpler…google Shoham Pomegranite Seed Removal Tool on the is awesome,cheap & actually works!!!!!!

    • Kristen says

      Hey Elaina and Stuart,

      Thank you so much!

      I’m usually not one for kitchen gadgets but this one looks like one I’ll have to pick up. If I saw it in the store I’d probably question whether or not it worked. So awesome to know it does! Thanks so much for sharing that!!

  6. Evelyn says

    I cut the pomegranate in half — the put it in a bowl of cold water — and remove the seeds under the water. That way the pomegrante juice doesn’t splash everywhere………Love this salad!! So good and looks so nice……thanks

  7. says

    I don’t know if you have tried this before, but if you open up the pomegranate, then put everything into a bowl full of water and carefully peel away the seeds, all the seeds will sink and the non-seed parts will float. That’s how I do mine anyway =)

  8. Juli says

    Your recipe looks great! To peal a pomegranate, put it in a bowl of water in the kitchen sink. You can cut into one section with a knife then just use your hands for the rest. The trick is to do it submerged. Sounds crazy and still a bit messy but it works!

    • Kristen says

      Hey Juli,

      You’re the third person who said they use that trick. You must be on to something!! Thanks for sharing and I’ll definitely try that next time :)


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