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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

    Instructions

    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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    Enjoy!

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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!

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    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!

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    Jen Reply:

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

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    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?

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    Emily Malone Reply:

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

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    karene angela Reply:

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

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    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!)

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    Emily Malone Reply:

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

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    Angela     at 6:14 am

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

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    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!!!

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    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!!

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    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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