This kale feta, pear and walnut salad with honey poppy seed dressing is the perfect fall salad.  Add it to your Thanksgiving spread, or to any meal where you are looking for a fresh and flavorful salad!

Kale Salad

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is less than 1 week away!  I’ve been planning my food contributions this past week, as we are attending 3 Thanksgiving meals within 2 days this year.  Lots of turkey coming my way!  What are you making this year?  Here are all the items I plan to make and bring + a new recipe that would be an amazing contribution to any meal!

Roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, pecans and dried cranberries

Cranberry sauce

Kale, feta, pear and walnut salad with honey poppy seed dressing

Roasted carrots with pomegranate seeds, pistachios and maple tahini sauce

Pumpkin pie pecan crisp

pumpkin pie pecan crisp

I tested out the pumpkin pie pecan crisp last weekend and it was a hit with kids and adults alike!  It’s only sweetened with coconut sugar, is dairy free (until you add some freshly whipped cream), and is so stinking simple to make.  It tastes just like pumpkin pie without the crust, but with a nice pecan crunch on top.  In fact, it is so simple that Hunter is actually the one that is going to make it (with assistance)!  He is excited to make it and bring it to my family’s thanksgiving gathering, and I’m sure he’ll be pumped to tell everyone that he made it.

Kale Salad

To simplify my life and not rush in the mornings cooking, I plan to prep the cranberry sauce a couple days in advance since it holds up really well, chop my brussels sprouts and kale in advance, along with making the poppy seed dressing and maple tahini sauce ahead of time.

Kale Salad

Kale Feta, Pear and Walnut Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

Serves 4-6


  • 1 bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 2 anjou pears, sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey poppy seed dressing (recipe linked)


  1. Add the kale, most of the feta, most of the pear slices and most of the walnuts to a large bowl.
  2. Prepare your honey poppy seed dressing, then toss with kale salad until everything is coated.  Top with remaining feta, pear and walnuts.

What are you making this year?  Do you tend to stick with tried and true family favorites, or do you branch out and experiment with new recipes?  Happy Thanksgiving all!


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