Savor the Flavors of Fall with a Kale and Apple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Oct 16, 2023 | Side Dishes

Kale and Apple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Kale and Apple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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As a food critic and avid reader, I am always inspired by the stories surrounding a dish. Whether it’s a sweet family tradition or a historical tale, food has a way of bringing people together and creating lasting memories. Today, I want to share with you a recipe that holds a special place in my heart – Kale and Apple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

The Origin of the Recipe

This recipe was inspired by my grandmother, who was known for her love of fresh produce and creative salads. She believed in the power of combining simple ingredients to create a dish that was both nutritious and delicious. The combination of kale and apple in this salad pays homage to her legacy, as well as showcases the beauty of seasonal ingredients.

Kale and Apple Salad


  • 4 cups of kale, stems removed, washed and dried
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1: Prepare the Salad

Start by tearing the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces and place them in a large salad bowl. Remember to remove the tough stems and give the kale a good rinse and dry. It’s important to dry the kale thoroughly to ensure the dressing adheres well to the leaves.

Tear the kale leaves

Step 2: Add the Apple, Walnuts, and Cranberries

Next, thinly slice the apple and add it to the bowl with the kale. The crispness of the apple adds a refreshing crunch to the salad. Then, sprinkle the chopped walnuts and dried cranberries over the top. These ingredients add a delightful nutty and sweet contrast.

Step 3: Prepare the Balsamic Vinaigrette

In a small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper. The combination of tangy balsamic vinegar, smooth olive oil, and a touch of sweetness from honey makes for a perfect balance of flavors.

Step 4: Toss and Serve

Pour the prepared balsamic vinaigrette over the salad and gently toss everything together to ensure every ingredient is coated with the dressing. The kale leaves will slightly wilt, making them easier to eat while still retaining their beautiful color and texture. Finish off by sprinkling the crumbled feta cheese on top for a creamy and tangy finish.

Your Kale and Apple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is now ready to be served! Enjoy this vibrant and tasty dish as a refreshing side salad or a light main course.

Tips and Variations:

– For added protein, you can include grilled chicken or roasted chickpeas in the salad.

– To make it a heartier meal, serve the salad on a bed of quinoa or brown rice.

– Feel free to experiment with different types of kale, such as curly or Tuscan kale, depending on your preference.

Nutritional Information:

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Calories 180
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 3mg
Sodium 160mg
Total Carbohydrate 16g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugar 8g
Protein 4g

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