November 3, 2021

Whole30 Citrus Kale Salad

This salad from The Whole30 Friends & Family combines some of the best flavors of the winter season: crunchy fennel, hearty kale, and fresh citrus. (Bonus points if you finish it with a drizzle of our Made By Whole30 Buffalo Vinaigrette.) It’s a satisfying, fresh, and nutrient-packed side dish for your next family meal or holiday gathering.

As written, the recipe serves 6 as a side dish, but it can also serve as a main for four people. Just add your favorite protein (we love shredded chicken or seared salmon).

A bowl of Citrus Kale Salad next to a bottle of Made by Whole30 Buffalo Vinaigrette.
Photos Copyright 2021 Nader Khouri

Whole30 Citrus Kale Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp dried dill
  • Pinch salt and black pepper
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 4 cups chopped kale (about 1/2 bunch)
  • 1 large blood orange ,peeled, sectioned, and finely chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion ,finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped unsulfured dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds of chopped cashews


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, dill, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Cut off the fennel stalks about 1 inch from the bulb; chop two of the stalks and set aside. Cut a thin slice from the root end and discard. Remove any wilted outer layers with a vegetable peeler. Stand the bulb upright and cut in half. Cut away and discard the tough core from each half. Use a mandoline set at 1⁄8 inch or a sharp knife to thinly slice the fennel bulb. ( You need 1 cup of fennel slices for this recipe.)
  • Add the chopped kale to a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the kale; massage to coat. Add the sliced fennel, fennel stalks, blood orange, onion, dried apricots, and almonds. Toss to combine.

Melissa Urban

Melissa Urban is a 7x New York Times bestselling author (including the # bestselling The Whole30) who specializes in helping people establish healthy boundaries and successfully navigate habit change. She has been featured by the New York Times, People, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, and is a prominent keynote speaker on boundaries, building community, health trends, and entrepreneurship. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT with her husband, son, and a poodle named Henry.