This Kale Salad with apples, persimmon, cabbage, and pomegranate arils is a celebration of seasonal fruit and vegetables! Serve this vegan, healthy and delicious superfood salad with my sweet Coca-Cola Dressing!
A perfect Holiday table needs a perfect salad, and here it is—A Vegan Kale Salad with apples, persimmon, pomegranate arils and cabbage! Festive, delicious, crunchy, fresh, hearty and light as air! It’s made days in advance and tossed with a sweet dressing that perfectly compliments the fruit and kale.
Why this recipe for Kale Salad with Apples, Persimmon & Pomegranate works:
No matter the main dish you’ll be serving for the Holiday, this healthy vegan kale salad recipe will pair beautifully with it, and any leftover salad would taste even better the next day for brunch 🙂
This easy salad is a combo of superfood kale, white and purple cabbage, apples, sweet persimmons and pomegranate. But it doesn’t stop there, you can add in your favorites or swap any ingredient you love. Think pears, berries, figs, or greens like arugula, spinach, watercress, mixed greens. And.So.Much.More!
My cousin came over last week for a quick visit from NY and I wanted to make her something special for lunch. Something festive so it feels like the Holidays. I know she’s a vegan, I know she loves light not heavily dressed salads and fruits, and I know she loves Coca-Cola.
So I gathered up some gorgeous colored seasonal veggies and fruits, and made her this Kale Salad with apples, persimmon and pomegranate seeds, all tossed with a Coco-Cola dressing! YES that was the secret ingredient!
Ok before you start thinking why, what or how this is even possible, I’ll tell you this. The Coca-Cola adds the perfect sweetness I was looking for to compliment the slight bitterness of the kale and the sweetness of the fruits.
Coca-Cola has got more flavor than sugar, and it’s vegan (unlike honey if I wanted to use it as a sweetener), so it was the perfect way to create a special Holiday moment for us.
We enjoyed every bite, every sip, she wrote down the recipe for this kale salad, we shared plenty of laughs, a bit of gossip and the sweetest memories!
How to make Kale Salad with Apples, Persimmon & Pomegranate Seeds:
So let’s talk about how quickly this kale salad with apples comes together. If you think I spent all my morning slicing and chopping—you’re wrong: I used my food processor!
I love the shredding disc attachment because it makes salad prep work so much easier. Use the large blade side of the shredding disc attachment and start adding the colourful veggies and fruits, one at a time.
In just 5 minutes, you’ll make yourself a large batch of this kale salad. You can serve the whole bowl of kale salad for a big party, or store it in the fridge and dress it up in small portions for meal prep on weekdays.
How to make the Coca-Cola Dressing:
Now let’s talk dressing. Plenty of chopped chives are the base of flavor here. You can use shallots or garlic if you prefer, I love chives because of how mildly onion-y they taste. To that, I add mustard, seasoning, white balsamic vinegar and Coca-Cola to add sweetness and more flavor.
To finally round the dressing off, I use olive oil and shake the container really well until my dressing is emulsified and looks creamy.
Make yourself a really nice BIG bowl of this Kale salad with apples, persimmon and pomegranate arils and watch your friends and family devour it!
Tips for success:
- For extra protein, add some chickpeas, navy beans, lentils, cooked quinoa or barley to this healthy kale salad with apples.
- If you’re into creamy salad dressings, you can add half Mayo (vegan or regular) and half olive oil to the Coca-Cola Dressing. I’ve made it both ways and found it delicious! It’s really up your personal taste!
If Persimmon is out of season or not really your thing, check this Coleslaw with Kale, Apples & Pomegranate , Quinoa Autumn Harvest Salad, Citrus Lentil Salad with Shredded Brussels Sprouts, all vegan hearty and delicious salads!