Kale Salad Recipe with Apple and Hazelnuts

Kale Salad Recipe with Apple and Hazelnuts

I never used to like raw kale (what is wrong with me?!!)…that is, until I discovered making it this way! I realized that chopping it very fine or shredding it makes all the difference for me.

The combination of the sweet and sour apple cider vinaigrette, freshly grated apple and chopped hazelnuts with the finely chopped kale is absolutely superb! I now use this salad as a foundation: by that, I mean that I like to “build on it” and make it more of a centerpiece all-in-one meal (how wonderful is that?) so I can add some grains and legumes or beans to it for protein-French lentils or quinoa or farro blend beautifully in this salad-and of course more thinly sliced or grated veggies such as carrots, fennel, radishes… anything goes!

Serves 4


1 bunch fresh kale, rinsed & finely chopped or shredded
1 apple, rinsed, skin on, coarsely grated
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts


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3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons 100% natural, unsweetened apple cider
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt

Read more: 7 New Ways to Eat Kale


Mix all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Pour dressing over the remaining ingredients and gently stir.

This recipe originally appeared on Cuisinicity.com.

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Catherine is the founder of Cuisinicity- Love the Food That Loves You Back, a website where good food and good health come together in a way that is feasible for today’s busy families, as it has been for hers (Catherine and her husband, Nutrition expert Dr. David L. Katz, have 5 children!). Catherine’s recipes have been widely featured in national media, including ABC News, O Magazine, Eating Well, Prevention Magazine, Woman’s World, Fitness, Shape, and many others. She is the co-creator of the Nutrition Detectives™ food label literacy program, now in use by thousands of schools all over the world and has collaborated in the production of other health promotion programming, including the Unjunk Yourself® music video program.