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!
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.)
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.
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.
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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.
Let me know what you think of this salad :-).
How to make Kale and Apple Salad:
Mix up the dressing ingredients.
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!
Quick and easy kale and apple salad recipe.
- 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
In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, avocado oil, vinegar, dijan, basil, and garlic. Whisk and allow to sit.
In a large salad bowl, add all salad ingredients.
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)