Kale Kumquat Salad Recipe

Have you ever had a kumquat before? It’s a small little thing, and the way you eat a kumquat is somewhat counter-intuitive to any other citrus that you may be familiar with.

Kale Kumquat Salad Recipe

First off, the skin is the sweetest part of the fruit – and thank goodness too – can you imagine peeling that tiny kumquat with a knife!? The entire kumquat is edible, though I flick out the seeds. The thin skin is sweet with a slight bitter edge and there’s very little flesh involved on the inside.

This salad with sliced kumquat, fresh mushrooms and walnuts with a citrus vinaigrette was inspired by a stop at Los Angeles International Airport! Watch the video to find out what restaurant is a must-stop at LAX.

Kale Kumquat Salad Recipe Video

Kale Kumquat Salad Recipe

Citrus dressing makes enough for recipe plus leftover for another day!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 4



  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar (or red wine, white wine vinegar)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 1/2 pound kale, chopped, tough stems discarded
  • 1/2 pound arugula
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup kumquats, thinly sliced and seeds removed
  • 3/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped


  • Make the salad dressing by combining the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid (like a mason jar) and shake well to combine.
  • Place the kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Using massaging motion, rub the kale leaves together to break up and soften the kale.
  • To serve, toss kale with some of the dressing (I used about 1/4 cup of the dressing), nuts, mushrooms and kumquats.
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