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Kale and Apple Salad with Walnut Dressing

Total time 45 mins

Makes 16 cups (serving size: 3/4 cup)

Greek yogurt is the secret to this light but creamy dressing. And because raw kale is so sturdy, it can sit for quite a while without getting soggy.


  • 2 cups walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup Champagne vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup roasted walnut oil*
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bunch curly green kale
  • 1 bunch curly red kale
  • 1 Fuji apple

Nutrition Information

  • calories 165
  • caloriesfromfat 78 %
  • protein 3.3 g
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • carbohydrate 8.4 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • sodium 76 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It


  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Toss walnuts with 1 tbsp. olive oil and spread out evenly on a baking sheet. Bake until a rich golden brown and very fragrant, about 12 minutes. Let cool slightly, then roughly chop enough walnuts to measure 1/4 cup. Reserve remaining halves.

  3. Whirl together remaining 3 tbsp. olive oil, the vinegar, walnut oil, mustard, yogurt, and salt in a blender just until smooth. Add chopped walnuts and whirl quickly just to blend (you want the walnuts to stay chunky). Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

  4. Tear kale into bite-size pieces (discard stems or save for another use) and put in a resealable plastic bag; chill kale and dressing until you leave.


  6. Toss kale well with dressing in a large bowl. Let sit at least 10 minutes and up to 30, tossing occasionally (this helps soften the kale slightly).

  7. Slice apple and add half the slices, along with half the reserved walnut pieces, tossing to coat. Transfer salad to a large platter. Sprinkle with remaining apple slices and walnuts.

  8. *We like La Tourangelle brand, available at well-stocked grocery stores.