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apple and avocado kale salad

A fresh and healthy kale salad with apples, avocado, and a light apple cider and dijon dressing. apple and avocado kale salad
It’s pretty cliche to post a healthy recipe on New Year’s Day but after the past few weeks of indulging, I think we could all use a salad, don’t you?  If anything, it will make us all feel a little better about finishing off those sugar cookies if we eat a salad first.
Last weekend I was up at my in-laws cabin for the biennial St Olaf Reunion.  Side note to reunion crew: biennial is the term we were trying to think of meaning every two years.  Thank goodness for google.  Anyways, once again each couple took responsibility for one meal of the weekend.  The first night’s dinner was made by Bryan and Suzi, and was out of this world.  They slaved over the stove making Leek and Pancetta Risotto (topped with a fried egg!!) served with a kale salad.  Both dishes were amazing, but I could not get enough of the kale salad.
So what was the first thing I made once I got home?  Kale salad, duh.  I added cranberries like Suzi did, but also amped it up with some red onion, avocado, chopped pecans, and apples.  There were so many textures and flavors!  This salad filled me up for dinner but would definitely work well as a side dish too.  Thanks, Suzi, for the inspiration!
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apple and avocado kale salad

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Servings: 2


  • for the salad:
  • 1 bunch of kale I used regular curly kale
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 apple chopped
  • for the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar white wine vinegar would work too
  • 2 tbsp smooth dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey


  • Wash kale, then tear leaves off stems.
  • Chop leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  • Transfer to a large salad bowl.
  • Add onion, cranberries, pecans, avocado, and apples to kale.
  • Make dressing by whisking together all listed ingredients.
  • Pour over salad and toss to combine.
  • For best flavor, let the kale sit in dressing for 10-20 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!
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