Kale & Apple Salad with Honey

August 27, 2017
Kale is beautifully complimented by diced apple and sweet honey in this delicious and healthy superfood Kale & Apple Salad with Honey.

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I hate to admit, but I've been indulging in way too much sugar lately.  Even with the abundance of summer produce around, I haven't been getting in as much healthier stuff as I should.  I'm definitely feeling the need for some veggie-ness in my life right about now.

Enter ... our newest favorite salad - Kale & Apple Salad with Honey.  My husband Mark loves kale so much I swear I could make him a huge kale salad every day without him getting tired of it.  And I love the way kale is more 'sturdy' than lettuce, giving a little more heft than the typical green salad.

But that 'sturdiness' can also be problem ... a too-chewy problem.  But I'm happy to say I've learned a handy little secret about preparing kale in a salad that makes it much more tender.
Want to know what it is?


Yes, massage.  With your hands.

Just like us, kale loves a little massage to loosen it up.

My best friend shared this little secret with me (she learned it from eatingwell.com).    And by golly, it works.

You just put your kale in big bowl (making sure have some extra space for moving the kale around), add a little olive oil and whatever acid you're using (I usually use fresh lemon juice), and then massage away!  Sure, you get your hands all messy, but a little soap and water will take quick care of that.  I now apply this massaging technique any time I make a salad with kale.  And totally don't mind getting my hands all olive oily.

Now with this Kale & Apple Salad with Honey, which is now our absolute favorite kale salad, put the honey in after the massage ... because there are limits to the mess our hands should be willing to take on.

Kale is beautifully complimented by diced apple and honey in this delicious and healthy Kale & Apple Salad with Honey.

The chunks of freshly-diced apple, the sweetness of a bit of honey, and the crunch of a sprinkling of sunflower seeds complement the tenderized kale beautifully.

So if you've been wondering how to make your fabulous kale salads even better, give them a little massage.  You'll be pleasantly surprised at the result!  Oily hands and all.

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Yield: about 6-8 servings

Kale & Apple Salad with Honey

Kale is beautifully complimented by diced apple and honey in this delicious and healthy superfood salad.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: total time: 15 M


  • 1 bunch kale
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/8 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 unpeeled apple, diced
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds (or chopped walnuts)


How to cook Kale & Apple Salad with Honey

  1. Wash kale well and pat dry. Strip kale leaves from the stems, discarding stems; tear leaves into small pieces and place in a large salad bowl.
  2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. With your hands, firmly squeeze and massage the kale leaves for about 20 to 30 seconds to tenderize the greens. (Yes, you'll get your hands all messy ... but the resulting texture of the kale is so totally worth it!)
  4. Add diced apple and honey; toss well to combine. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds.
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  1. Love this! How simple, nutritious and perfectly easy! We're going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on super healthy greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, escarole, dandelion and other green leafies. https://www.facebook.com/Cut.n.Clean.Greens

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  2. Hi Tracey,
    I have apples in the basket and Kale in the garden, we will just love this salad. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. This looks so yummy. I'm with you. Too much junk food over Christmas! Bring on the kale. I've never eaten kale in a salad. I love it in soups. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for linking up at OneCreativeMommy.com. (Pinning)

  4. I cannot wait to try this salad with kale. If it's as good as it looks, we're going to love it.

  5. My new favorite kale recipe - delicious!!! Thank you!

  6. Thanks so much for the recipe! I made it for a church function feeding 80 women (used 16 bunches of kale!) and people LOVED it. People were clamoring for the recipe and couldn't believe they were eating kale and loving it.

  7. this recipe sounds delicious. Did you know that apples and honey are the symbolic food for the Jewish New Year in September. Pinning this recipe to serve on the holiday..

  8. Sounds good, going to try it soo. I also have a kale salad recipe, it's like yours with the massaged kale but instead of apple I use a mango. Yum so good. Thanks, now buying kale tomorrow.

  9. Great, the vegetable salad looks delicious and attractive. Thanks for sharing

  10. Kale was just meant to go with apples. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a wonderful week!


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