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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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Balsamic Kale Salad with Apple and Pear.

I think it’s becoming obvious that I really like kale salads.  I’m actually not a huge fan of cooked kale or kale chips, but I do love me a raw salad. 

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This particular salad is a combination of all my favorite things – savory (kale), sweet (fruit & maple), and tangy acid (balsamic).  It is great on its own as a lunch salad, or paired with something like brown rice or quinoa as an entrée. 

Balsamic Kale Salad with Apple and Pear

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)

    For the Salad
    • 2 small heads Italian or Dinosaur kale
    • 1 large apple
    • 1 large pear
    • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
    • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
    • salt (to taste)

    For the Dressing

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon orange juice
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


    Rinse kale and tear the leaves from the stems. I prefer the flat Italian or Dinosaur kale for raw salads, but you can use any type you like. The curly kale is a bit heartier, and in my opinion is better suited for cooked applications.

    Thinly slice the apple and pear, and add to a large salad bowl along with the sunflower seeds and dried cranberries.

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    In a small dish, whisk dressing ingredients together until well combined.  Drizzle dressing over salad, and then toss until all dressing and mix-ins are well distributed.

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    Season to taste with kosher salt, serve, and enjoy!

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    It’s getting to be that time of year when I don’t want heavy, hot food as often, and instead prefer giant heaping bowls of refreshing salads and veggies.

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    This is a great salad to make for dinner, and pack up the leftovers for lunch the next day.  Light, refreshing, and healthy!

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    Jen     at 5:05 pm

    raw kale question emily! you have got me totally hooked on raw kale now. i want to try just a simple oil and balsamic vinegar because i have this amazing balsamic i love. i doubt i would even need maple. for one salad how much each of oil and balsamic would you estimate to be good and do i need to add anything else? do i “massage” both the oil and balsamic or just oil? thank you so so much for your expertise!


    Emily Malone Reply:

    For one person? I’d probably to a tablespoon of each – maybe a little less on the oil. Whisk them together and then massage!


    Jen Reply:

    thank you so much! do you think it won’t be too bitter without any sweetener like maple?


    karene angela     at 10:46 am

    I love kale and have been making the same kale salad for a while. I’d like to try this one but can’t eat balsamic (I get a migraine) what could I use instead?


    Emily Malone Reply:

    Any other sweet vinegar. Maybe rice wine? It will taste a bit different than the original, but probably still good.


    karene angela Reply:

    Thanks Emily, have all the ingredients for the salad and will make tonight


    Sophie     at 4:51 am

    I know this seems quite random, but have you ever thought of becoming a wellness coach! (You are such an inspiration!)


    Emily Malone Reply:

    Haha I haven’t, but thank you! Maybe some day!


    Angela     at 6:14 am

    I keep looking for a way to try kale. This may be it :)


    Shannon @ My Place In The Race     at 7:24 am

    Ummm yummmm!! :)


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    Jacquelyn     at 1:51 pm

    Just made this! So yummy!!!


    Sarah G     at 3:26 pm

    My husband never enjoys fruity green salads… but this was a major hit and he even requested it for work the next day and for the upcoming family reunion. Thanks for another simple yet refreshing way to mix unexpected ingredients!!


    Holly     at 8:18 pm

    This has become my go-to easy work lunch. Thanks for posting it and best of luck for the next few weeks!


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