I was looking to make something quick, easy, and delicious with a big bunch of kale I had. I don't like eating big pieces of kale, it's very chewy and has a strong flavor. I find if I chop it into small pieces it's easier to eat and is very tasty combined with fruits and nuts.
I also wanted something that could be a side dish or a complete main dish. You know those hot summer days you just want something easy where you don't have to turn on the oven.
This salad has very few ingredients so it's easy to put together. Also, you can improvise. I used toasted almonds, but you can use walnuts, pecans, whatever you have on hand. Also, instead of apples, you could use pears, dried cranberries, like I said see what you have. You can also change up the dressing by adding something different instead of the mustard. Maybe cranberry sauce, raspberry puree. The combinations are endless!
This is a great follow-up to my last blog about the benefits of fiber-rich foods. This salad is a great way to add more fiber to your diet. With kale having about 2 grams of fiber per cup, apples having 4.4 grams per apple, and almonds having 3.5 grams per 1 oz, this salad is loaded!
As an afterthought, I think some thinly sliced red onions would be delicious with this salad. Maybe next time.
What you will need for the salad:
Kale, about 4 cups when it's chopped into small pieces
¾ Cup toasted almonds
2 Apples, diced with skin
For the dressing
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 clove of garlic minced
5 tablespoons of Extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon of spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons of maple syrup, agave, or honey
To prepare the salad
Mix together the kale, almonds, and apples in a large bowl.
Prepare the dressing by mixing all ingredients together and whisking until combined.
Add the dressing to the kale mixture and combine. While this salad keeps well, I would prepare the day you plan to serve. Was still very good the next day, the kale was just a little wilted. Kale holds up pretty good though!
Like I said earlier, as an afterthought. I think adding thinly sliced red onion would be delicious!
I hope you enjoy this one, I loved it! Let me know what you think.
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