Winter Panzanella Salad with Kale, Carrots & Watermelon Radishes

Winter Panzanella Salad with Kale, Carrots & Watermelon Radishes

Imagine my kids delight when they woke up this weekend to see the frosty hail covered outdoor chaise lounge sparkling in the early morning sun.

Poor Buttercup {our outdoor stray cat} was nowhere to be found on her usual resting spot…

Mom.  Dad.  It snowed!!

Well, not quite, but the temperature had dipped down to a respectable {for San Diego} 36 degrees, making it far more soup weatherish, than salad weatherish, and to be sure, this thick, warm, creamy split pea soup has been just the thing filling our tummies these past few days.

But one can only partake in so many bowls of soup before yearning for a lighter, crisper, crunchier taste, such as that fullfilled by this winter panzanella salad with kale, carrots, and these gorgeous watermelon radishes I spied at the store the other day…

watermelon radishes

Lest you think this salad won’t satisfy your cold weather craving for comfort food, think again.

Yes, with super nutritious crunchy kale, carrots, and radishes, you’ll be fighting the bunnies off for a wee bite of this salad, but throw in chunks of warm crusty bread, doused in herb scented avocado oil along with sweet tangy golden balsamic vinegar, and you have a comforting crave worthy winter salad for sure.

udi's gluten-free bread croutons for panzanella salad
Orfilia's Vineyard Tuscan Herb Avocado Oil

Here’s the deliciously simple recipe…

watermelon radishes

Winter Panzanella Salad with Kale, Carrots & Watermelon Radishes

One can only partake in so many bowls of soup before yearning for a lighter, crisper, crunchier taste, such as that fullfilled by this winter panzanella salad with kale, carrots, and watermelon radishes.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 4 slices of your favorite bread {I used Udi’s gluten-free bread}
  • 3 tablespoons [herb infused} avocado oil or olive oil, divided
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 4 watermelon radishes, sliced {~3/4 cup}
  • 2 tablespoons golden balsamic vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil over bread slices, and cut bread in to large chunks. Bake bread on a parchment lined baking sheet for 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • While bread is in the oven, combine the kale, carrots, and radishes in a large bowl.
  • Next add the bread “croutons” to the veggies, along with remaining oil, plus the vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss well, and wait at least 5 minutes before serving, so the croutons have a little time to soak up the oil/vinegar mixture.


You may use any type of avocado or olive oil for the dressing, however, an herbal infused oil, such as Orfelia Vineyard’s Tuscan Herbal Avocado Oil, adds a nice flavorful taste to the salad.


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 1647mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 20732IU | Vitamin C: 175mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 4mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Entree, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American, Dairy Free, Vegetarian
Keyword healthy salad
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Winter Panzanella Salad with Kale, Carrots, & Watermelon Radishes//The Spicy RDNutrition Notes:

  • Gluten-free {when gluten-free bread is used} and vegan, and suitable for a low FODMAPs diet.
  • Rich in antioxidants and fiber from the kale, carrots, and radishes.
  • High in heart healthy monounsaturated fat from the avocado {or olive} oil.
  • Radishes can spruce up your salads or avocado toast {see yummy sandwich below} with a nice peppery crunch in a low calorie package.  What’s more, as member of the Brassicaceae family {think kale, broccoli, cauliflower and horseradish}, radishes contain compounds called isothiocyanates, which may be protective against certain types of cancer.
Avocado & Watermelon Radish Sandwich
Love this simple avocado and radish sandwich…Spread avocado on top of bread of choice {gluten-free for me}, then top with slices of radish and sprinkle with salt & pepper.  Thanks to Inspired RD for the inspiration from this recipe.
P.S. Need more super nutritious kale in your life? {Of course you do!}  Check out these Spicy RD kale favorites…
This is also linked up at Gluten-Free Fridays over at Vegetarian Mama.  Be sure and check out all the other delicious gluten-free recipes linked up!
And, for more meal plan inspiration, check out my latest pins to my Weekly Dinner Meal Plans on Pinterest.
Have you ever tried watermelon radishes? What’s your favorite winter salad? Have you been eating a lot of soup lately too? Unrelated to this post, but I’m taking a “favorite hot sauce” poll so I can do a taste testing…what’s your favorite brand???
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