We’re coming up to that time of the year when we start getting together for festive celebrations with friends and families. The Christmas ads have already started so I thought I’d start sharing some festive recipes with you. Starting with this Apple Walnut Salad with Kale. This salad is quick and easy to make, tastes really good and is my husband’s all-time favourite salad!
To make this apple walnut salad I use sweet crunchy Gala apples, sliced thinly. Rub your apple slices with lemon juice to ensure they don’t go brown. I like to add kale for this one as it’s strong flavour goes well against the sweetness of the apples. However, if you are not keen on kale then spinach works very well too.
Plenty of walnuts and pumpkin seeds add lots of lovely crunch to this salad and the feta adds a nice smooth texture with a little saltiness. For some more sweetness, I add a generous amount of pomegranate, I don’t know about you but I think I could add pomegranate to just about anything! I especially love it in my porridge, so do try that if you have any left over.
Now as for the kale, you will see in the recipe that you need to massage it. Before you baulk at this idea please know that this isn’t some hipster notion. The reason you need to massage the kale is this; raw kale is hard to digest! When you rub it with lemon juice and salt, it helps to break down the cellulose in the kale making it easier to digest. So do yourself a favour and massage the kale 😉
What’s so good about this Apple Walnut Salad?
- This salad is ready in under 30 minutes
- It’s really easy to make and tastes great!
- Iron, this salad is high in Iron, very important for veggies!
- It has all the veggies!
- Just over 300 calories per person,
- Healthy fats, walnuts, and seeds contain healthy fats, so good for your heart.
It looks very festive, doesn’t it? I know many of you will be celebrating Thanksgiving soon and I think this would be a lovely addition to your table. You can serve this apple salad walnut salad as an entree or as a side dish. We usually have this for lunch or I add it to the table for family get-togethers.
When it comes to dressings I tend to go for a vinaigrette for salads like this. A slightly tart, slightly sweet, shallot, honey, and mustard dressing works really well with this salad. This is really easy to make and should only take a few minutes. You can also make the dressing ahead of time if you wish.
Apple Salad with Walnuts & Kale
Apple walnut salad with kale, served with a shallot, honey and mustard dressing. A seasonal and festive salad. Perfect for holiday entertaining.
- 120 g shredded kale woody stems removed
- The juice of half a lemon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 large gala apples (sweet apples) sliced
- 100 g feta
- 90 g walnut halves
- 25 g pumpkin seeds
- The seeds from half a pomegranate
For the shallot, honey and mustard dressing
- 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice + more for coating the apple slices
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp runny honey
- 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 medium shallot peeled and finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Put the kale into a large mixing bowl, add the lemon juice and 1/2 tsp of sea salt.
Rub the lemon juice into the kale and keep massaging the kale for about 5 minutes. The kale should be softer but still firm. You don't want really wilted kale. Leave the kale to sit in a colander over a bowl for about 5 minutes.
While the kale is doing its magic, make the dressing.
Whisk together the mustard, honey and apple cider vinegar. Add the extra virgin olive oil to another bowl, whisk in mustard and honey mixture, then add the salt and pepper. Set aside until you are ready to use it.
Now all you need to do in build your salad. Firstly rub all the apple slices in a little lemon juice, this will stop the apples from going brown.
Drain the kale, then add it to a large serving dish, crumble in the walnuts, add the pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds and toss well.
Arrange the apple slices around the salad then crumble over the feta.
I serve the dressing on the side so everyone can add however much they wish to add. If you want to add the dressing to the whole salad then add it before you add the feta. Serve immediately.
- Calories are approximate, calories listed in the recipe card are for the salad only and do not include the dressing.
- The dressing makes enough for 8 servings and comes in at approximately 85 calories per serving.
- If you have dressing left over, keep it in a jar with a tight fitting lid in the fridge, use within the week.
- I use Gala apples for this salad but any sweet apples will work well.
- Spinach, watercress or lamb's lettuce also works well if you are not keen on kale.
- To make this vegan, omit the feta and swap maple syrup in the dressing for the honey.
More Festive Veggie Salads:
- Roasted Beetroot Salad with Feta & Walnuts
- Butternut Squash Salad with Spinach & Feta
- Roast Cauliflower Salad with Kale
- Winter Salad of Kalettes & Stilton
- Celeriac, Pear & Stilton Salad with Pecans
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