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Healthy Holiday Food That Everyone Will Love – Winter Salmon Kale Salad

By hire-up-staffing in The Wellness Program

By Health Coach Nick Deck

I had so much fun giving Hire Up Staffing healthy Thanksgiving recipes last month that I decided to share even more for Christmas! Each week until Christmas I will share a fun and healthy recipe that can be a delicious replacement for your traditional unhealthy holiday foods. Remember it is always fun trying new things so if you replace just one unhealthy holiday dish with a nutritious one, you are taking a huge step towards Happy Health!

Winter Salmon Kale Salad

  • 3-4 leaves kale
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup smoked salmon, torn into small bits
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced (about 1/3 of a small pepper)
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 palmful pomegranate arils (seeds)
  • 1/4 cup sprouted lentils (sprout your own lentils)
  • 1 egg, poached or fried
  • sprouted quinoa
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • for the vinaigrette:
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (I use raw coconut vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt, to taste (begin with 1/4 teaspoon)


  1. For the salad:  Remove the main stems from the kale leaves. Tear the leaves into small pieces and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with big pinch of salt and use your fingertips to massage the leaves, rubbing them gently until they turn a dark, bright green and become pliable and soft. Toss in the salmon, red bell pepper, green onions, pomegranate arils, and sprouted lentils. Spoon the salad onto a plate. Top with the egg, season with black pepper, to taste, and sprinkle the sprouted quinoa on top.
  2. For the vinaigrette:  Place all ingredients in a tightly sealing jar and shake until well mixed. Drizzle over the salad.
Prep Time: 15 minutes       Cook time: [no cooking required]       Yield: 1 serving/1 large salad