The perfect salad to keep in your fridge and grab at lunch time, kale salad with apples and raisins is tangy, tart, sweet, and full of flavorful nutrition.
Why you’ll love it: Kale salads are sturdy enough to store in the refrigerator for a few days, making them an ideal choice for lunches.
How long it takes: 15 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: large bowl, measuring cup
Confession: I’m writing this post immediately after devouring one chocolate chip cookie and one ball of chocolate chip cookie dough. Best of both worlds, ya know?
Probably I should be eating more kale salad and less cookie dough. I think I’m dealing with my stress by eating all-the-food. Not the best coping mechanism, I’m aware.
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.
This a great fall salad when apples are at their peak. Kale is a cold weather crop so you’ll see beautiful bunches of kale in the fall, too.
Try it today (especially if you’re craving chocolate chip cookies). You’ll be happy you did.
About This Kale Salad With Apples
- It’s an easy salad to make. Wash and dry the kale; chop it into bite sized strips. Cut up an apple (no need to peel it). Red cabbage is easy to cut (use the remaining cabbage to make German red cabbage, if you want). The dressing is easy to stir up, too.
- Kale salad is sturdy and keeps well. One of the reasons I love this salad is you can make it ahead. It’s actually a bit better if the kale has a chance to soften and absorb the dressing. If you’re having guests, you can make the salad an hour or two ahead and refrigerate it so it’s really handy. You can keep the salad a few days for easy lunches.
- Kale salad is nutritious. Kale is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat (Healthline). Apples and raisins are good for you, containing fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. The dressing is made with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise so it’s lowfat and adds nutrition as well.
What Is Lacinato Kale?
There are several different varieties of kale but they can be divided into two basic groups: curly and flat leaf.
Flat leaf kale has long textured bluish green leaves. It has several names: lacinato kale, Tuscan kale, dinosaur kale, Italian kale, and more.
Flat leaf kale is easier to chop and usually is more tender than curly kale.
Change Up This Kale Salad Recipe
- Add nuts. This kale salad is really fabulous topped with toasted walnuts, pecans, or almonds. These vanilla bean candied walnuts or spicy candied bourbon pecans are perfect for a special meal. Try my savory granola topping for a unique nut-free alternative.
- Add cheese. Crumbled gorgonzola, goat cheese, feta or blue cheese are wonderful on this salad. Tiny cubes of smoked gouda, aged provolone, or another sharp cheese are great, too.
- Use different fruit. We love the combination of crisp tart apples with golden raisins which lend a surprising amount of sweetness. However, lots of other fruit combinations will work too.
This kale salad with apples keeps well in the refrigerator for up to three days. Store it in an airtight container and stir well before serving.
- 6 cups chopped lacinato kale (1 bunch, cut into thin strips)
- 1 large apple, chopped (Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or Gala)
- ¾ cup golden raisins (regular raisins are fine, too)
- 2 cups shredded red cabbage
- 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 well to combine, until the kale is well-coated with the dressing.
- The salad is best if you make it one or two hours ahead and refrigerated but it can be served immediately, too.
- Kale salad will keep for at least 3 days in the refrigerator. Store in an airtight container.
- If desired, add toasted nuts or seeds to the salad. Cheese can be added, too. See the post for suggestions.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.