Apple Dijon Kale Salad

This is a very easy, nutritious and delicious salad.  Kale is full of vitamins, minerals (including iron) and antioxidants, and the walnuts add some crunch and omega 3 fatty acids.  There is a nice flavor contrast with the sweet-tart flavor of the granny smith apple. This salad also keeps nicely in the fridge with the dressing on it – the apple doesn’t turn brown and the kale softens just a little without becoming all withered. Enjoy!

Apple Dijon Kale Salad

 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Servings:  4

 

Ingredients:

Salad:

1 bunch kale, stems removed

1 medium granny smith apple, cored and chopped

¼ cup raisins or dried cranberries

½ cup chopped walnuts

 

Dressing:

1 clove garlic, minced

1/3 cup olive oil

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard

¼ tsp sea salt

freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  • Make the dressing: combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Make the salad:

o   Tear the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces, place in a colander and rinse well with cold water. Drain the water off the leaves, then pat dry with a paper towel.

o   Place the kale leaves in a bowl.  Add chopped apple, raisins or cranberries and walnuts.

o   Pour the dressing on top and toss to coat.

 

Recipe credit: The Calgary Herald Newspaper