The Talk of the Potluck Kale and Apple Salad Recipe -
The Talk of the Potluck Kale and Apple Salad Recipe
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The Talk of the Potluck Kale and Apple Salad

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"A favorite for potlucks, family gatherings, and hot summer nights at home. With a food processor to chop the kale, I can be done and out the door to a party within 25 minutes - and that includes 5 minutes to find my keys. My kids love this salad when I add lots of apples!"

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    20 mins

    20 mins


  1. Massage salt into kale in a large bowl until kale is slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Gently stir apples, olive oil, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and vinegar into kale until salad is evenly mixed. Gently fold Gorgonzola cheese into salad.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • It is very important that the seeds are unsalted. If you only have salted seeds, massage the seeds into the kale. For a more summer taste, substitute raspberry vinegar. The sweet and crunchiness of Honey Crisp apples work the best, but Gala or Fuji are good too. Don't be scared to add more or less of any ingredient. I add more apples when I know kids are going to be eating the salad.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 13, 2013

Excellent balance of tastes and quite pretty to display as well. I used fresh pomegranate seeds instead of craisins, which tasted lovely! Great with or without the cheese. Also, it makes a huge difference to massage the kale.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 24, 2014

This was way to salty! I would eliminate the salt and salt at the table if necessary. For my taste, I would prefer nuts to the sunflower seeds. I love craisins and gorgonzola but I still thought this needed some additional seasoning, maybe rosemary?


13 Ratings

Oct 16, 2013

I didn't have dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, or Gorgonzola cheese. I used walnuts and didn't use any cheese. Next time I make I may add some goat cheese. This was an absolute hit for my husband and me. Next will be to make it for some of my picky family!

Aug 26, 2013

Easy to make and tasty this salad is a hit!

Jan 26, 2014

I made this for the first time just last week as my husband had told he did not like kale. When he tasted this- I am now be making it for the third time. A few tweaks.. sometimes I use mandarin oranges and my olive oil has been either citrus or blood orange flavor. It was suggested to use rasberry vinegar so did that one with the oranges. Used goat cheese too. This evening, this will be served to our dinner guests while my husbands approval. What a switch from a week ago!

Jun 15, 2015

Decent. I had an amazing kale, apple, and radish salad from a local catering company and was looking for something similar. I got distracted and forgot to rub the salt into the kale until after I had assembled the salad, whoops! I'll experiment with other fruit over the summer depending on what comes in my CSA box. Thanks!

May 25, 2015

This salad is so delicious. I used pumpkin seeds and did not have Gorgonzola and it was great! Please massage the kale as it really enhances the color and the flavor.......this is a keeper!

Jan 03, 2015

Nice and refreshing side. Great to add to any meal! So easy and tastes great.


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  • Calories
  • 142 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.7 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 308 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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