Kid-friendly Kale Salad with Apples Recipe

Do you love kale? This kale and apple salad is one of my favorite dishes. And a bonus, my kids will eat this salad too!

Quick and Easy Kale and Apple Salad in a large wooden bowl. Plates and forks are behind the bowl

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!! (Sadly, California Cafe closed a couple of months ago. This was a wonderful place to dine when you are gluten free.)

You can enjoy this salad as a side dish, or toss in some grilled shrimp or chicken for a delicious light meal.

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

Close up of a kale and apple salad in a wooden bowl

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


I love how healthy kale is, but my kids HATE when I cook kale. Using kale raw in a salad can be challenging. Knowing how to use lactino kale

One tip I must share from Chef Lopez is to massage your kale.  It softens the kale leaves and I know this sounds weird, but it reduces the bitterness a bit as well. Another great tip to making kale taste good is to make sure you remove the vein that goes down the middle of the leaves. This is where the bitter flavor comes from so try to remove as much as you can.

You can also enjoy kale in soups, sauteed with garlic and olive oil, dehydrated into kale chips, and toss it into your favorite smoothie.

Top view of Kale and Apple Salad in a wooden bowl

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

How to make Kale and Apple Salad:

Whisking the dressing ingredients in a bowl

Mix up the dressing ingredients.

Kale salad ingredients in a bowl

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

*If you love kale as much as I do, you should try this Awesome Kale Green Sauce recipe from Eat Your Way Clean!

California Cafe's Gluten Free Kale Salad Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Quick and easy kale and apple salad recipe.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 91 kcal
Author: Sandi Gaertner
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon 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
  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.
Nutrition facts per serving (1g)
91kcal | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 364mg | Carbohydrates: 14g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Protein: 1g | Vitamin A: 169.5% | Vitamin C: 33% | Calcium: 5.4% | Iron: 6.5%

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










  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!

  9. Gorgeous kale salad! Thanks for all the great kale tips – I massage mine too!

  10. Fruit and kale go so well together. This salad looks great!


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