Kale, Fennel and Pomegranate Salad with Spiced Pecans

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  • Kale, Fennel and Pomegranate Salad with Spiced Pecans
Posted on December 17, 2015

For whatever reason, I’ve been feeling kind of Scrooge-ish this Holiday season.

My halls aren’t decked. There are no elves on my shelves. And my 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights aren’t twinkling.

Oh and what is with this 50+ degree weather that we’ve been having lately? I hate to complain about warm weather in December. But it’s seriously weird (and unsettling). And it certainly hasn’t helped to elevate my Christmas spirit.

BUT there is one place that I’m currently throwing down some serious Holiday cheer. And that’s in my kitchen. Christmas cookies, festive cocktails and jewel colored salads are in full production this season. Including this Kale, Fennel and Pomegranate Salad with Spiced Pecans. Or what I like to call “Christmas in a bowl”.

It’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

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The spiced pecans were inspired by a roasted cashew recipe that I found on my friend Traci’s site. I made her recipe for Thanksgiving and everyone in my family gobbled them right up! So I knew I had to try them with pecans. The recipe makes more than you’ll need for the salad. Which is a very good thing. Because I have a feeling you’ll probably find yourself snacking on a bunch of them. They are delicious and highly addicting!



Kale, Fennel and Pomegranate Salad with Spiced Pecans

Serves about 6

Kale, Fennel and Pomegranate Salad with Spiced Pecans


  • For the Pecans
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 tsp., melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

  • For the Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  • For the Salad
  • 8-10 cups baby kale leaves
  • 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds


  1. Make the pecans. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients, mixing until the pecans are well coated. Spread the coated pecans out onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake in your pre-heated oven for 12-14 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from the oven. Carefully transfer the pecans to a piece of parchment paper to cool. Once cooled, transfer then to an airtight container. The pecans can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 week. You’ll need 1 cup for the salad. The remaining are perfect for snacking!
  2. Make the dressing. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all of the ingredients for the dressing, whisking constantly until the dressing is hot and starts to bubble. Remove from the heat. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
  3. Assemble the salad. Add the kale, sliced fennel and pomegranate seeds to a large bowl. Pour the warm dressing over the salad, tossing until the kale leaves are well coated. Add in about 1 cup of the spiced pecans, tossing to combine. Serve and enjoy.



  • GAH! Could this salad be any more freaking gorgeous, girl?? Seriously, stop all this beautiful faceplant-worthy salad madness! 😉 I kinda just want those spiced pecans in my face NOW!


    • Oh the salad is doing all the heavy lifting here. She’s a beauty! Thanks, girl!

  • Those pecans are calling to me! For some reason, I crave salads a LOT in the winter, so this dish is pretty much perfect to me. Also, it was 60 here last week (I mean it’s better than snow) but it still just feels WEIRD.


    • The weather is so weird. Makes me nervous. Like this is the end or something? Ha ha. Wow – things got morbid here real fast!

  • That’s such a colorful salad! And pecans sound just amazing!


    • Thanks, Medeja!

  • This salad is gorgeous – who could say no to those spiced pecans -yum!!!


    • Thanks, Sam! Resistance is futile!

  • OMG, Liz, I am with you. I have ZERO holiday cheer. No decorations, no tree, I haven’t even bought any presents yet!! I’m not feeling it, and I’m pretty sure while everyone else is celebrating, I will be in bed. lol. Maybe I need some Christmas in a bowl?! This salad is gorgeous (like everything you make)! Love all the simple but sophisticated and delicious ingredients! Pinned! Cheers, girl!


    • Ok, we can be Scrooges together. Let’s just lay in bed and drink. Okay?

  • I LOVE raw fennel in salads! I feel like it’s so underused! Beautiful!


    • Oh my gosh, I was just saying the EXACT same thing the other day. Raw fennel is awesome and I’m gobbling it up left and right this time of year!

  • This salad is stunning! Love that tangy dressing and the spiced pecans- pinning!


    • Thank you so much, Medha!

  • This is such a gorgeous salad, and it looks amazing! I have not been eating nearly enough salad recently (my diet has been skewing towards cookies…) but this looks like the perfect cookie detox 🙂


    • Oh yeah, there are still plenty of cookies happening. I’m hoping the salad balances things out!

  • I saw this today and thought of you!! Maybe another source of revenue for you?


    And um, turns out I like kale. I was always chopping it like romaine, stem and all and hated the taste. I got a free trial for Blue Apron and the first instruction was “cut the leaves off the stem and toss the stem.” Doh!


    • Yeah, the stems are a bit tough to choke down. So glad you like kale now, Biz! And thanks for the link to the affiliate program! I will check it out!

  • This is the most gorgeous salad ever!!! LOVE this Liz! Happy Holidays!


    • Aww…thanks, Alice! You’re the best!

  • I bet we could all get together and have a non decked holiday! 😀 I’m down with that. No tree, or lights happening here either, Liz! LOL… We’ll just celebrate in the kitchen with boozy cheer (bourbon please) while the poms and citrus sub for the twinkle lights! You up for that?! Those pecans!! loooove them! And I know they make a delicious addition to this salad with that fennel! Oh and warmer days…. You know, we actually had snow melting in the mountains a few weeks ago… melting in December! Climate is a’changing. Luckily we’ve had snow again and the temps are close to where they should be now. Thank you for this my dear and the shout out! xo


    • Yes, let’s decorate everything with festive produce! That sounds right up my alley! I just can’t believe the crazy weather we are having here right now. We definitely won’t be having a white Christmas here.

    • LOL ‘decorate everything with festive produce’ Baaahhhhaa! I love it! Agreed!

  • Yes, I am not feeling super christmasy this year either. I have a tree up, but that is about it, and I haven’t even bought any gifts. But holiday cheer in the kitchen is something I can get behind, and this sald looks amazing! I could use a good salad to balance all the cookies I’ve been eating. Pinning 🙂


    • Oh my gosh, so many cookies! I’ve had way too many and there is still a whole week until Christmas. Yikes!

  • Looks delicious! I love adding pomegranates to my salads, so I can’t wait to try this festive salad!


    • Thanks, Alison! I know you’ll love it!

  • My halls are decked and my twinkle lights are up but we are also having pretty warm weather and it makes it hard to get in the Christmas spirit! We pretty much always have warm weather here though 🙂 This salad looks very festive though and I wouldn’t mind eating a big bowl if it for lunch today!


    • Yeah, Arizona will do that I suppose! 🙂

  • This looks amazing. Do you have any suggestions for something to substitute for the fennel? Unfortunately, my family & I do not care for fennel


    • The possibilities are pretty endless, Kelli. You could try thinly sliced pears, apples, persimmons. Anything that you and your family like!

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