Kale Apple Cranberry Salad

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This one's for you, Binny! ;) A couple weeks back I had a whole bunch of fresh kale that I had just gotten done washing and was wanting to do something a little different with it. Went online and found this yummy recipe: Deb's Kale Salad with Apple, Cranberries and Pecans from Cookies + Kate. Of course I left out the pecans for my nut-allergic little sweeties and made a couple other changes, but I have no doubt that made as-is, this would be just as delicious. The hubby and I just LOVED this and since then, I've made this several times. What's awesome about this is that you can make it ahead of time (and actually tastes better when you do). The girls tried it and ate it, too, though, admittedly, it wasn't their favorite, but hey, they finished what was on their plate, so I'll take it! :)


Kale Apple Cranberry Salad
by happyvballgirl @ MyEpicureanAdventures
Adapted from Cookies + Kate


For the salad:
8 ounces kale (use fresh or pre-washed and cut - either one works fine but you know which one is less work! lol)
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup shredded carrots
1 medium Fuji apple - julienned is the way I prefer and just about any kind of apple would do
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa - Optional but oh so delicious and good for you!
2 oz crumbled goat cheese (chilled) or shaved parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)

For the dressing:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1½ tablespoons apple cider or white wine vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1½ teaspoons honey
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (yields about 1 cup cooked quinoa) according to directions and let cool while you make the salad.
  2. If using fresh kale, wash thoroughly, spin until dry(ish) and tear the kale leaves off of the stems. Discard stems. Chop the kale into small, bite-sized pieces and transfer the kale to an oversized tupperware container or large ziplock bag. 
  3. Add cranberries, apples, carrots and quinoa if using.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour the dressing over the salad.
  5. Cover container or zip bag and toss until the salad is evenly coated with dressing. Let the salad marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or even longer. I've even let it sit in the fridge overnight. I'm sure you could serve immediately, but I love how the dressing softens up the kale if you let it sit for a while.

Serves about 4-6 as a side topped with cheese, if desired.

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In this dinner:
  1. Juicy rib eye steak
  2. Organic corn on the cob
  3. Baked organic sweet potato
  4. Touch of the roasted potatoes I made for my girls.

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