Kale Salad with Apples and Golden Raisins
The perfect salad to keep in your fridge and grab at lunch time, this kale salad with apples and raisins is tangy, tart, sweet, and full of flavorful nutrition.
Confession: I’m writing this post immediately after finishing one chocolate chip cookie…and one ball of chocolate chip cookie dough. Best of both worlds, ya know?
I should be eating more kale salad and less cookie dough, probably. I think I’m dealing with my stress by eating allthefood. Not the best coping mechanism, I’m aware.
I’ve got the grumpiest 5-year-old on my hands lately with strong will and a bad attitude. If I was a child psychologist, I would say she’s having a hard time dealing with all the change going on right now in our lives and with Ben being gone Monday through Friday every week. She goes from sweet as honey to “I don’t like you, I’m never talking to you again!” in about .5 seconds.
And for the record, she has yet to follow through on those “I’m never talking to you again” threats.
Some days I wouldn’t mind, to tell you the ugly truth.
Anyways, we’ll get through it just like we always do. Thankfully she’s really excited about the move, but I know it’s still hard on her little mini type-A personality. No idea where she gets that from.
So, about this kale salad with apples and raisins. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, crispy, and chewy. It’s filling and satisfying. Pair it with grilled chicken breast for a healthy meal. (Grill some beer marinated chicken and prep this salad on Sunday for easy healthy eating all week long.)
You could make this kale salad with apples really fabulous by topping it with toasted walnuts, pecans, or almonds. These vanilla bean candied walnuts or spicy candied bourbon pecans would be perfect for a special meal.
If you like dressing that’s more on the tangy side, cut back on the honey a bit or increase the amount of lime juice. The golden raisins in this salad lend a surprising amount of sweetness.
Now let’s all eat our feelings with a great kale salad?
PS: Browse my whole archive of salad recipes for more great ideas!
- One bunch lacinato kale, chopped into thin strips (5-6 cups chopped kale)
- 1 large firm apple, chopped (I like Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or Gala for this recipe)
- 3/4 cup golden raisins
- 2 cups shredded red cabbage
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- In a large bowl, mix kale, chopped apple, raisins, and cabbage. Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup until combined. Taste and add more honey if desired to make it sweeter, or more lime juice if you like it more tangy.
- Pour dressing over salad and mix to combine.
- Best refrigerated 1-2 hours before serving but great immediately too.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 114mg Carbohydrates: 29g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 21g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
Husband’s take: He actually prefers the dressing a little on the tangier side which is easily remedied with slightly more lime juice or less honey.
Changes I would make: None!