Winter Kale Salad with Apples and Pecans
The perfect winter kale salad with apples and pecans, tossed with an orange balsamic vinaigrette dressing and topped with dried cranberries.
Is everyone else still in a food coma from the Super Bowl yesterday? Good. Glad it’s not just me. I watched it with my family, and if you saw how much food we made to snack on you would assume we were hosting 30 people. No, just the 6 of us. We will have leftovers for days.
While we’re not that in to football, we bet $20 a person using one of those Super Bowl Square betting grids. Having some money riding on the game made it much more interesting. After every score we would check to see who was slated to win that quarter. Brother-in-law won one quarter, and my mom won 2 quarters, and my sister won the last quarter. Shawn and I were out of luck.
Between the food and the betting, it was a fun Sunday night.
Knowing how many game day foods we would be eating, I made us a weeks worth of salads in a mason jar to have for lunch. Having healthy lunches for a week negates a plate full of chicken wings, right?
My favorite salad of the moment is this winter kale salad with apples and pecans. This is my go-to starter salad for dinner parties. I made this kale salad for Thanksgiving, and everyone loved it. I even saw people putting a second helping of this salad on their plates when going back for round 2 of Thanksgiving food. That is just about the best compliment you can get when it comes to salads.
I love kale salads because of the crunchy firm leaves. I can’t stand a soggy salad.
For even more crunch, this winter kale salad has broccoli slaw, sliced apples, toasted pecans and sweet dried cranberries. I toss it with a variation of my favorite balsamic vinaigrette, but this time I left out the honey and sweetened it with fresh squeezed orange juice.
This winter kale salad is vegan, paleo and Whole30. If you’re eating dairy, this salad would be great with some goat cheese crumbles too. If I have some leftover chicken, I’ll throw that in for some protein.
Winter Kale Salad with Apples and Pecans
- 1 bunch kale, stems removed (I prefer Tuscan kale, but any will do)
- 1 cup broccoli slaw
- 1 apple, cored and sliced
- 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted pecans
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- juice from half an orange, about 2 tablespoons
- pinch of salt and pepper
- In a small mason jar (or in the bottom or the serving bowl), make the salad dressing by combining all the ingredients and whisking to combine.
- In a large salad bowl, combine the kale and broccoli slaw, and top with desired amount of dressing. Toss to combine. Divide onto plates, and top with sliced apples, pecans and cranberries. Serve.
56 Comments on “Winter Kale Salad with Apples and Pecans”
Looks very tasty. I will definitely try.
Thanks Emma! This is such a yummy salad! Perfect for fall coming up!
this was really good !
If you created this salad, I know it will be fabulous! I’m counting down for fresh peach season so I can have that awesome burrata/peach salad some more!
I am looking forward to peach season too! I just love that peach and burrata salad. So good!
This salad looks awesome! I love kale salads. I definitely ate my fair share of junk during the game, so this week is definitely time to get back on track!!
Kale salads are just the best. Thanks Jess!
I love the combination of sweet apples with kale. It is so tasty and satisfying. This salad looks perfect for lunch :D Pinning
Thanks Cindy! Such great flavors for winter. Thank goodness apples are available year round. I’m having it again today for lunch too!
I am all for healthy salads for weeknight dinners. I definitely will be making this recipe tonight.. thanks for sharing it!
Thanks Thalia! This would be perfect for a weeknight dinner. Comes together in a flash. Hope you like the salad when you make it : )
All the food and drinks on Sunday left me craving salads. I love this one you made here and while I can’t share it with Kurt (he is allergic to raw apples) I can certainly enjoy it on my own. Glad you had fun. Thanks for linking up my salad :)
I was really craving salads after the Super Bowl too. I’m pretty sure I ate about a pound of salt. Ha! And poor Kurt being allergic to raw apples! I’ve never heard of that! Maybe you could swap out a pear. And your kale salad looks delicious too!
I agree soggy salads are the worst! This looks amazing, and so I’m not surprised people were lining up for seconds!
Thanks Sherri. And there is nothing worse than a soggy salad! I had a horrible incident with a spinach salad that I made for a baby shower. It got soggy so fast, was basically like soup. So embarrassing!
What a lovely winter salad, my friend??!!! I also love kale because it is crunchy!!
Super healthy and delicious too ;-)