A big, colorful salad is a welcome sight at Thanksgiving. The rich cheese and ginger-apple cider dressing unites the fruit with the greens.

Angela Brassinga
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Credit: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Claire Spollen

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1 hr
Serves 10 to 12


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  • Make dressing: Combine apple cider vinegar, ginger, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until honey dissolves and ingredients are well combined. Add oil and shake vigorously to mix well.

  • In a bowl, toss kale with 3 tbsp. vinaigrette until leaves are coated evenly. Cover and leave at room temperature, at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

  • Just before serving, add butter lettuce, romaine, and apple slices and toss gently. Scatter with shaved cheese.

  • Make ahead: Dressing, up to 2 weeks ahead, chilled; other ingredients can be prepped several hours ahead and chilled separately (toss apples or pears with a little lemon juice to prevent browning).


  • Fall Greens and Pear Salad: Replace the apples with 2 large or 3 small sliced and cored pears, the kale with radicchio, and the cheddar cheese with 6 oz. crumbled fresh goat cheese.

  • Fall Greens and Orange Salad: Replace apples with segments from 3 large oranges and sub in arugula for the kale. Replace cheddar with 1 cup shaved pecorino or parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

139 calories; calories from fat 71%; protein 2.8g; fat 11g; saturated fat 1.8g; carbohydrates 8.8g; fiber 2g; sodium 192mg; cholesterol 5mg.