Kale Salad with Apple and Pecans Recipe

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Kristina Moore Modified: March 23, 2022
Kale Salad with Apple and Pecans

How To Make Kale Salad with Apple and Pecans

Indulge in a tasty and filling kale salad filled with your favorite fruits and nuts all in one flavorful bowl for a healthy and gluten-free meal.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



For the Salad:

  • ½cuppecans
  • 8ozcurly green kale
  • 5pcsmedium radishes
  • ½cupdried cranberries
  • 1granny smith apple
  • 2ozsoft goat cheese,chilled

For the Dressing:

  • 3tbspolive oil
  • tbspapple cider vinegar,or white wine vinegar
  • 1tbspsmooth Dijon mustard
  • tsphoney or maple syrup
  • Sea salt,to taste
  • freshly ground pepper,to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spread the pecans on a baking tray. Toast them until lightly golden and fragrant, for about 5 to 10 minutes, tossing them once or twice to make sure they bake evenly.

  2. Remove the tray from the oven and set them aside to cool.

  3. Pull the kale leaves off from the tough stems and discard the stems. Use a chef’s knife to chop the kale into small, bite-sized pieces. Transfer the kale to a big salad bowl.

  4. Sprinkle a small pinch of sea salt over the kale and massage the leaves with your hands by lightly scrunching big handfuls at a time, until the leaves are darker in color and fragrant.

  5. Thinly slice the radishes. Add them to the bowl.

  6. Coarsely chop the pecans and cranberries and add them to the bowl. Chop the apple into small, bite-sized pieces and add it to the bowl as well. Crumble the goat cheese over the top.

  7. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour the dressing over the salad. Toss until the salad is evenly coated with dressing.

  8. Serve immediately or let the salad marinate in the dressing for 10 to 20 minutes beforehand.


  • Calories: 324.18kcal
  • Fat: 22.99g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.31g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.27g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.14g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.52g
  • Fiber: 5.68g
  • Sugar: 17.45g
  • Protein: 6.62g
  • Cholesterol: 6.52mg
  • Sodium: 394.45mg
  • Calcium: 126.37mg
  • Potassium: 425.01mg
  • Iron: 1.76mg
  • Vitamin A: 327.20µg
  • Vitamin C: 68.96mg
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