California Cafe’s Kale and Apple Salad Recipe

Do you love kale? This kale and apple salad is one of my favorite dishes at California Cafe.

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This is an amazing kale salad.

Yup, I said that…my family originally thought I was crazy! Honestly, I owe this all of this kale love to Chef Lopez at California Cafe in Los Gatos, CA. This is the first kale salad that my family will eat. My kids went nuts over this salad, and they HATE kale!!

I truly hope you like this kale recipe, the apples add a bit of sweetness to balance out the kale.

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This kale salad has romaine lettuce, kale, apples, and raisins…feel free to add other fruits, the dressing really works with the different flavors.

One tip I must share from Chef Lopez is to massage your kale. I know that sounds really strange, but it softens the kale leaves and I know this sounds weird, but it reduces the bitterness a bit as well.

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Want to read the interview with Executive Chef Lopez about how California Cafe handles gluten in their kitchen? Click here.

Let me know what you think of this salad :-).

This salad is really easy to make.

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Mix up the dressing ingredients.

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Pour it into the salad ingredients. Mix and allow to sit for 10 minutes so the flavors can blend together.

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California Cafe's Gluten Free Kale Salad Recipe

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijan mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and massaged
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, avocado oil, vinegar, dijan, basil, and garlic. Whisk and allow to sit.
  2. In a large salad bowl, add all salad ingredients.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Allow to sit for 10 minutes for flavors to blend.

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(*Original recipe Oct 2013. Photos edited 8/29/16)

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Comments

  1. This sounds delicious, Sandi! Thanks for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays!

  2. What a beautiful salad, and would be a great salad to bring us into the fall.

  3. I love this salad! I love trying new and healthy salads!

  4. Love the combination of apple and kale. I’ll have to try massaging kale next time! Thanks for the tip!

  5. What a gorgeous salad!! YUM!!

  6. So great for lunch! Yum!

  7. Jen @ The Weary Chef says:

    I love all the greens in this salad! So healthy!

  8. I love this combination! I use a lot of kale in smoothies and need more good salad ideas. Definitely have to try this one!

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