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Our recipe for kale apple salad is delicious, nutrient-dense, and seasonal! This salad is fresh and bright. Even a kale skeptic would agree. We believe the key to a truly satiating and enjoyable salad is attention to each ingredient, fun textures, and balance of flavor. This one hits all the marks.
Trying to eat more greens? Look no further. Maybe you’ve tried kale and think it’s not for you. Before you go subbing the kale out for another lettuce, try our method. Kale is nearly unrecognizable when massaged for a few minutes (aren’t we all?).
All jokes aside, raw kale can be coarse and have difficulty absorbing dressing because of its shape. When you massage the kale with dressing, you break down the structure of the green itself making it soft, smooth, and marinated in dressing.
Plain massaged kale salad is good, but not great. Add in some key players like crunchy apple (we love honeycrisp), candied walnuts for sweetness, and a sharp cheese like feta, goat, or parmesan and this is an A+.
This kale salad with apples is a perfect side dish or can be topped with your protein of choice for a well-balanced, whole-ingredient meal.
Kale bitterness can be managed by massaging for 3-5 minutes with your dressing of choice. The natural bitterness can also be balanced out with other sweet and tangy ingredients like we used in this recipe.
Kale is edible without massaging but it certainly is a more enjoyable green with this extra step.
Kale can absolutely be eaten raw. In fact, this is the state with the most available nutrients.
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