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Overhead view of bowls of Harvest Apple Kale Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Harvest Apple Kale Salad


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: About 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 7 heaping cups of salad 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Harvest Apple Kale Salad With Balsamic Dressing – This yummy fall kale salad has sweet apples, crunchy nuts, and a tangy balsamic dressing that’s perfect to tie everything together.


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Ingredients

FOR THE HARVEST APPLE KALE SALAD:

  • 8 cups shredded or chopped kale (tough stems and center ribs removed)
  • 1 1/2 cup scooked brown rice or wild rice blend
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans
  • 34 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 24 Tbsp. finely minced red onion
  • 45 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 apple, sliced or diced* (I like Honeycrisp)

FOR THE BALSAMIC SALAD DRESSING:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper (more or less, to taste)

Instructions

FOR THE KALE SALAD:

  1. Mix up the dressing first (see below).
  2. Place kale in a large bowl and add 2-3 Tbsp. of the dressing and a pinch of salt to the kale.
  3. Massage with your fingers for 30-60 seconds to combine well and break down the kale a bit.
  4. Add rice, pecans, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, onion, bacon, and apple to the massaged kale.
  5. Drizzle with 3-4 Tbsp. additional dressing and toss the salad to combine well. (I usually use about 1/2 cup of the dressing total.)

FOR THE BALSAMIC DRESSING:

  1. In a jar with a lid, an immersion blender cup, or a bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, syrup, dijon, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cover the jar with a lid and shake, blend with an immersion blender, or whisk the dressing until it’s well combined and there is no separation of ingredients.
  3. Store dressing in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. (This balsamic dressing will keep 1 week in the refrigerator.)

 


Notes

*Diced apple is a little easier to eat, but sliced looks pretty. Either works!

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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