Crunchy Mandarin Detox Kale Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Crunchy detox kale salad with mandarins, avocado, mango, and lemon poppy seed dressing makes for a vibrant superfood meal.

Crunchy Kale and Mandarin Salad with Avocado, Mango, and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing | #superfood #vegan #recipe #paleo

I have such a crush on this salad.

Admittedly, I’d take a bowl of vegetation over a bowl of mac n cheese any day, so stranger confessions have been made on The Roasted Root, but this is by far my favorite wintertime salad.

Just lookit how vibrant the thing is.

The kale-cabbage-carrot trifecta makes for some serious crunch, while the mandarin-mango-avocado trifecta softens it up, creams it out, and is responsible for explosions on your tongue buds.

And yes, we are still talking about salad.

Crunchy Kale and Mandarin Salad with Avocado, Mango, and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing | #superfood #vegan #recipe #paleo

CITRUS fruit! It’s in season. Do you adore them? The grapefruit, mandarins, lemons and limes, oh my? I absolutely love little bitty mandarins poked all spunky and vibrant-like in my salads. Lemon poppy seed dressing? So fine! Because it’s citrus season, I’m enjoying my salads with anything orange-like, and salad dressings lately have been all about the simple lemon juice and oil combo.

Those avocado slices? They make this ish real. I recommend you moosh them up with your fork and stir them into the salad so that the creaminess coats a bit of the crunchy kale. The lemon poppy seed dressing is super simple, yet super perfect for making all the componentry come together into one big love boat. Be sure you don’t skimp on the avocado and the dressing! And be sure to stir. The more you toss this salad, the better it is.

Change-ups? Sure, why not! If you can’t handle the high-octane snap crackle pop, you can halve the kale and add in some spring or field greens so that you’re not constantly chomping through this thing. You can turn the lemon poppy seed dressing into an orange poppy seed dressing. Shiiiii, you can even add some sliced grilled chicken for a protein infusion. Add some roasted walnuts or almonds, you vixen, you.

All ingredients added together, you’re looking at a vitamin-filled superfood salad packed with crunch. Vegan and paleo-friendly, too, though!

Crunchy Kale and Mandarin Salad with Avocado, Mango, and Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing | #superfood #vegan #recipe #paleo

Crunchy Kale Mandarin Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Julia


Mandarin Kale Salad:

  • 2 bunches lacinato kale thinly sliced, tuscan
  • ½ small head red cabbage thinly sliced
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 1 bunch green onion chopped
  • 1 large ripe mango chopped
  • 4 to 6 mandarins peeled and separated
  • 1 large ripe avocado peeled and sliced
  • Slivered almonds and sesame seeds for serving

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing


Prepare the salad dressing:

  1. Add all of the ingredients for the salad dressing except for the poppy seeds to a small blender. Blend until completely smooth. Stir in the poppy seeds and set aside until ready to use.

Prepare the salad:

  1. Add all of the ingredients for the salad to a large serving bowl. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad and toss well to ensure everything is coated. Serve with sliced almonds and sesame seeds.

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  1. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Oh my gee. This salad would make me reconsider my hatred of kale!!! That dressing would make even cardboard taste appetising.

    Also, this is amazing because you called them Mandarins and not CUTIES. What kind of a dumb name is that? cuties. cuties. cuties.

  2. Joanne

    I’ve been a citrus FIEND lately, and loving it in salads, which is new for me! Love that this is dressed with all that lemony goodness and the sweet bursts of mandarin slices just can’t be beat.

  3. Heather

    I would use spinach instead of kale, but I love this recipe! Great post. Check out my new blog
    You can also find me on IG @heatherwhite_lv

  4. Sue

    This salad is soooo good! Thank you for it! I made it last week and again tonight. Can’t get enough of it.


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