We did not typically eat a lot of kale at home in the past. So if you are like us and don’t typically eat a lot of kale – it might come surprising to you that THIS KALE APPLE SALAD has been a game changer.
Why? Besides the sweet balance of the golden raisins and apples, paired with a tangy home-made dressing and goat cheese, and topped with toasted walnuts – there is a secret to this Kale Apple Salad I learned along the way that makes a world of a difference.
That secret? Marinating and massaging the kale leaves with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and salt. It is seriously that easy and your kale leaves will soak up a lot of great flavor – becoming less bitter and a much friendlier texture in the process.
Added bonuses? The nutritional benefits of raw kale, a gorgeous and appetizing salad that takes MINUTES to whip up, and lots of kale stalks to set aside for a hearty vegetable broth or for your compost.
Kale Apple SaladDifficulty: Easy
Besides the sweet balance of the golden raisins and apples, paired with a tangy home-made dressing and goat cheese, and topped with toasted walnuts – there is a secret to this Kale Apple Salad I learned along the way that makes a world of a difference.
- Kale Apple Salad
1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 Fuji apple, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup soft goat cheese
1 cup toasted walnut halves
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons sugar (optional for added sweetness)
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
- In a small bowl or mason jar, whisk the dressing ingredients together (or shake if using a mason jar).
- Kale Apple Salad
- Remove the leaves from the kale and tear or chop into bite-sized pieces. Transfer to a large salad bowl.
- Add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and a heavy pinch of sea salt to the bowl. Massage the the leaves thoroughly until they appear darker in color and smell more fragrant.
- Add the apple chunks and stir to mix evenly, allowing the olive oil and lemon juice to mix in well in order to ensure the apples do not turn brown.
- Add the golden raisins and walnuts. Crumble the goat cheese on top. Pour the salad dressing over the top and toss until the dressing is evenly coated. Allow the salad to marinate in the dressing for about 20 minutes and then serve.
- This salad dressing recipe was inspired by the recipe blog, Cookie & Kate.