Chef John's Raw Kale Salad


If you slice kale thin and toss it with other tasty treats like apple, persimmon, orange, and nuts, the kale mellows out and serves as a perfect foil for other vegetation.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • cup olive oil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 bunch kale

  • 1 persimmon, sliced

  • 1 apple, cut into matchsticks

  • 2 orange, peeled and cut into segments (see footnote)

  • ¼ cup chopped pistachio nuts


  1. Whisk vinegar, orange juice, Dijon mustard, orange zest, cumin, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl. Slowly pour olive oil into the orange juice mixture, whisking until thick and thoroughly combined. Season dressing with salt and black pepper.

  2. Remove stems from each leaf of kale. Stack 3 to 4 leaves of kale and roll together. Finely slice kale leaves crosswise to create thin ribbons.

  3. Combine sliced kale, persimmon, apple, orange, and pistachio nuts in a bowl. Add dressing and toss until well coated.

Cook's Note:

Learn how to make orange supremes in this video.

You can use pistachios or the nut of your choice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

292 Calories
23g Fat
21g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 292
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 143mg 715%
Calcium 170mg 13%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 660mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.