Updated August 2020. originally posted November 30, 2017 (updated October 24, 2020) by Liz categories: Gluten Free, Salads 38 comments, Pingback: Broccoli Cheddar Soup - I Heart Vegetables. I eat more kale than is recommended by the FDA, so this salad is right up my alley! Remove walnuts from pan and finely chop. You need to be hands-on with your kale. Love easy to make salads that taste delicious. De-stem the kale by pulling the leaves off the stem and tearing into smaller pieces. With fall quickly approaching, I wanted to share one of my favorite massaged kale salad recipes. In a small pan, heat the walnuts over medium-low heat. Spelt Salad with Apples, Cheddar and Scallions, Cinnamon Baked Apples with Walnuts and Spices. Add toasted, chopped walnuts to the bowl along with apple and feta. Stir until toasted and slightly browned, about 2-3 minutes. Check out my Pinterest board! Let air dry or dry with paper towel. You’ll be amazed how much toasting brings out the flavor of a humble walnut! Great for making ahead and packing in lunches! Chop kale, carrot, beet and apple, finely (may chop manually or use grater, food processor or high-power blender). Our favorite Thanksgiving Salad recipe made with a massage kale salad base, apple slices, goat cheese, candied walnuts, and dried cherries! Cut an apple into quarters, then cut the core off each quarter. The stems are extremely bitter and. This helps them to stay nice and crunchy! The feta is creamy and tangy,  the ultimate balance to the toasted walnuts and sweet apples. Maybe I’ll have to try kale again. This hearty kale salad is filled with crisp apples, salty Parmesan, and crunchy walnuts. The apples add more crunchy texture and a delicious sweetness to balance off the lemon. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Broccoli Cheddar Soup - I Heart Vegetables, Remove the kale stems. Toss well and add more salt and pepper to taste if needed. This looks like a great, hearty, nutritious salad that you can dress up however you like. Add the apple slices to the salads. Before serving, I sprinkle in the apples and feta. If you do decide to make it in advance, I recommend waiting to add the walnuts until you’re ready to serve it. Add kale to a medium bowl along with olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Liz is the founder and creator of The Lemon Bowl. The other secret to a good kale salad is to massage the kale with olive oil, lemon and salt using your hands. Kale has never been my go-to but this salad does look delicious! I’ve also been loving arugula lately…so yummy! Thank you for this healthy suggestion and I wish you enjoy your day :-), Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *. Published: Aug 29, 2019 by Liz DellaCroce This hearty massaged kale salad is made with sweet apples and crunchy walnuts. Learn how your comment data is processed. The secret to not getting stuck in a salad rut is to use seasonal ingredients as much as possible! If you want to turn this side dish into a complete meal, here are a few of my favorite protein additions: This delicious kale salad is filled with crisp apples, salty Parmesan, and crunchy walnuts. Divide the massaged kale between four plates (or two if you want two larger meal-sized salads). I think my favorite salad green is spinach or mixed greens. This hearty kale salad is filled with crisp apples, salty Parmesan, and crunchy walnuts. Picked at the height of freshness, fruits and veggies always taste best when they’re in season. The secret to the walnuts is to lightly toast them in the pan before chopping into bite-sized pieces. Published: Aug 29, 2019 by Liz DellaCroce. I am a huge cheese fan so I would probably add both the parmesan and feta in as well :). In a small dish, combine the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and salt, and drizzle it over the kale. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Just a minute or two in a warm pan causes the walnuts to become lightly toasted and nutty in flavor. After washing your kale… The leaves should turn bright green as they soften. With an emphasis on healthy eating and living, Liz’s recipes and food photography have been featured in various publications including the cover of Women’s World magazine, Good Housekeeping, Shape, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, Food Network Blog, Huffington Post, TODAY Food, Foodgawker, and The Cooking Channel. Tag @iheartveggies on Instagram and hashtag it #iheartveggies. Serve immediately or keep it in the fridge for up to 2 hours until ready to serve. It’s tough, and it will stay tough unless you massage it. Place the kale leaves into a large salad bowl and, using your hands, sort of massage the olive oil … All Rights Reserved, or other type of kale, stem removed and finely chopped. Any form of acid will help break down the kale and tenderize  it. Your email address will not be published. Slice each quarter into thins strips. It also stores nicely in the refrigerator – in fact, I think this salad tastes even better the next day after the flavors meld together and the kale … A simple dressing of olive oil, lemon, and apple cider vinegar makes this easy salad come together in just a few minutes! Throw everything into a bowl. While I frequently make my Kale Caesar salad, I decided to change things up by adding toasted walnuts and juicy apples. Clean kale and remove stems. A simple dressing of olive oil, lemon, and apple cider vinegar helps this salad come together in just a few minutes! Tips for a perfect kale salad. If you don’t have lemon juice on hand you can always use your favorite vinegar. Want more delicious salad recipes? Prep: 30 minutes Cook: 10 minutes Total: 40 minutes Fat 21 Carbs 34 Protein 9 Top with apples, Parmesan cheese, and walnuts. You'll find easy, vegetarian recipes and simple tips for living a healthier, happier life! Your email address will not be published. Yum! It’s important because kale is an intense leafy green. This salad is super easy to prepare and since kale is such a hearty green, you can even make it an hour or two ahead of time without worrying about the kale getting soggy. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Kale is a tough green and it needs to be massaged to make it tender. A simple dressing of olive oil, lemon, and apple cider vinegar helps this salad come together in just a few minutes! Absolutely my kind of office lunch. This quick and easy salad sounds delicious especially with the citrusy sour lemon and salty parmesan in it! I definitely get stuck in food “ruts” sometimes. Get your hands in the bowl and massage the dressing onto the leaves for about a minute. Add candied walnuts and sprinkle about 1/2 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese over each salad. Adding protein will easily turn this into a quick and delicious total meal salad. This massaging helps breakdown and tenderize the kale, an otherwise bitter and hard-to-eat veggie. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, honey and pinch of salt in a mason jar. This hearty massaged kale salad is made with sweet apples and crunchy walnuts. This Kale Apple Walnut Salad recipe makes a big batch, so it’s a great, healthy option to bring along to a summer cookout. You'll know they're toasted when you can smell them. Using your hands, massage the kale leaves with the dressing. Learn how your comment data is processed. Looking for other kale salad recipes? Here are a few of my favorites! « Cinnamon Baked Apples with Walnuts and Spices. Your email address will not be published. Welcome to I Heart Vegetables! I love kale too. … This post was originally published in November 2015. Using your hands, gently massage the kale for about 60 seconds, helping it tenderize. 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