Kale Up! Apple Kale Salad With Maple Walnut Dressing

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As a blogger there is nothing better than getting a pitch from a brand/product you absolutely adore and use regularly. Here’s an except from an email I reviewed a few weeks ago …

“… [I] am looking for a partnership for a paid sponsored post for our Kale Up campaign.  Kale Up is about encouraging people to eat more kale…

I was like … umm… hello … I’m your GIRL! Have you seen my kale ideas? 

As a greens convert (I did not grow up eating things like collards, chard or kale) I’ve made it my mission to inspire people to eat more things like kale. When I took the leap a few years ago I found it absolutely intimidating, but the more I used kale the more I’ve grown to love it.

Friday I received my free bag of kale and was ecstatic.

bag of Kale

Notice the husband is not as enthused. I’m not sure I’ll ever sell him on a kale salad (although you never know) but he eats it all the time in chip form and when I add it to dishes.

Anyway, I knew when they sent the bag I’d get inspired with whatever else I had on hand. I happened to pick up the farm share the day before and it was loaded with fresh apples.

Kale Up! Apple Kale Salad with Maple Walnut DressingHmmm apples and kale? Why not!

I decided on walnuts as my third main ingredient for a little crunch and then the dressing idea hit. Why not blend some into a dressing? Nuts contain a lot of oil, right?

Well the result was awesome! Earthy kale, sweet apple and a wonderfully flavorful dressing to bring it all together.

Here’s what I did…

  • 2 1/2 cups of raw kale (85g)
  • 1oz (28g) walnuts, halved
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp stone-ground Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 medium apple

Usually I just take a handful or 2 of kale when I make a salad but I was curious what 2 and 1/2 cups looked like so I weighed it out.

serving of kale

Then I chopped it into fine ribbons and started on the dressing.

Using the smoothie attachment (A Magic Bullet would work) I added half the walnuts, lemon juice, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of salt.

dressing ingredients

Blend until smooth.

Maple Walnut Dressing

Slice the apples thin.

Sliced Apples

Put everything into a large zip-lock bag and massage.

Kale salad in the bagSeal and massage.

Note: You could do this with your hands, too. It just gets messy.

Dump it on a plate and enjoy or save for later!

Apple Kale Salad with Maple Walnut Dressing

I left mine in the bag for about an hour until I was ready to eat. The apples didn’t brown thanks to the dressing. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
335 16g 6g old: 7 new: 9
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
27g 2g 45g 6g

Full Disclosure: This post was sponsored by WPRawl and the Kale Up Campaign. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Lynda

    Perfect timing with this recipe as I just bought a bunch of Kale! I am going to try this for sure and I love the idea of mixing it all in a bag to avoid the messiness of massaging it by hand! I may have to use a different nut since I don’t have any walnuts – cashews or almonds? That should work too don’t you think? Thanks for the great recipes and ideas.

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