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Holiday Pear & Kale Salad

With a bright, lemony dressing and dazzling superfood colors, textures, and flavors, this fresh holiday pear and kale salad will be a feast for the eyes and a party in your mouth.

Prep time: 15 minutes | Serves: 4-6

Chef Notes: If you dislike kale, substitute other salad greens you enjoy, and skip the massage step in the instructions.


  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 6 cups torn kale leaves
  • ¼ cup baby arugula
  • 2 USA pears, sliced
  • ¼ cup honey-glazed sliced almonds (or nuts of your choice)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds
  • Shards of Manchego cheese


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a screw top lid; shake to blend. 
  2. Place kale in a large bowl. Drizzle kale with a tablespoon or two of the dressing.
  3. Massage the kale with your hands for 1 to 2 minutes or until it becomes tender and deeper green in color. 
  4. Pour the remaining dressing into a small serving bowl and place in the center of a large round serving plate. 
  5. Arrange kale around the bowl on the plate, forming a wreath. 
  6. Top with arugula, sliced pears, almonds, pomegranate seeds, and cheese. 
  7. Spoon dressing over salad just before serving. 

Lisa Keys

Lisa Keys is an award-winning home cook, mother, grandmother, and retired physician assistant. She has been entering and winning cooking contests since 1990, and her recipes have been well-published in national magazines, cookbooks, and online publications. She holds certifications as a Food Champ, Steak Association judge, and pizza judge. Keys is also a food blogger. Three years after the death of her son, a US Navy Corpsman, she embarked on a public grief journey and became a Food Network Chopped Champion on the 2014 Mother's Day episode. Her inspiring food blog,, followed and continues to reflect Keys' philosophy that preparing and sharing food with others is an extension of one's heart and soul.

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