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Featured Recipe- Kale and Apple Salad

For this weeks Featured Recipe I wanted a fresh and delicious salad. We all need our fresh vegetables and fruits every day and I am always searching for a tasty recipe. I love salads and my new best friend is Kale, it’s packed full of vital nutrients and whether you eat it cooked or raw your body will thank you for it. This salad is a meal in itself, think about it, kale, apples, cabbage,fennel, wild rice a delicious citrusy dressing, your taste buds will do the dance of joy. I love this salad on it’s own, but it can accompany a protein also, there are so many different things you can add to this if you want, some grilled chicken or tofu would be fantastic. I am making this salad again with some Himalayan Red Rice instead of wild rice, quinoa would also be a wonderful addition. Try it in pita bread and take it to work or school.  The possibilities are endless. Check out Hannah’s beautiful blog Blue Kale Road, its packed full of healthful delicious recipes that are family friendly and in my opinion are a celebration of fresh, natural foods.

Photo by Blue Kale Road

Kale and Apple Salad
Inspired by PCC’s Emerald City Salad
Serves 4-6

1/4 – 1/2 cup lemon juice (depending upon taste and amount of kale)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 large crisp apple, diced (my favorite variety is honeycrisp)
3/4 cup fennel, thinly sliced and chopped
1 cup red cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 bunch organic kale (lacinato or curly green – I like to use a combination of both), ribs removed and finely chopped
1 cup cooked wild rice

Whisk 1/2 cup lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and salt in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and toss (use your hands – it’s fun and will distribute the dressing more evenly). Taste for additional lemon juice, salt or pepper and add as desired.

The salad can be made a couple of hours ahead and chilled.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Bevi #

    The best thing is a daily kale salad. Kale is the best!

    February 16, 2012
  2. Totally agree trying to add Kale several times a week, last night I made this salad hot and it was fantastic, the only thing I didn’t cook was the apples.

    February 16, 2012
  3. Thank you for your kind words, Suzanne – I’m honored you are featuring the kale salad and delighted you are spreading some kale love. Love your suggestion to stuff it in a pita!

    February 16, 2012
  4. Thank you for a great recipe, one that I will make often, It’s just so fresh and delicious. I wrapped in flat bread and it was amazing. The perfect lunch or dinner.

    February 16, 2012
  5. Refreshing! Love this salad and your ideas to use it with. Thanks to you and BKR for this!

    February 18, 2012
    • Thanks Linda, its a wonderful recipe. Can’t wait to put your recipe up next week.

      February 18, 2012
  6. This is one of my favorite salads! I love the idea of adding the cabbage to it too.

    February 18, 2012
    • It’s really a fantastic salad, i’ve had it both cold and warm and either way its great.

      February 18, 2012
  7. I just can’t believe I’ve missed a blog called “pug in the kitchen” all of this time. I have two pugs in the kitchen, and I follow all the people you do on twitter! Love!

    February 20, 2012
    • My blog is new, just a little over a month now. So you have two pugs in the kitchen also! Izzy and Nando are my chefs helpers, official taste testers and love me even when something doesn’t turn out. Cant wait to look at your blog also!

      February 20, 2012

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