Apple Raisin Kale Salad

I have another great summer salad today!

I made kale chips earlier in the week, but I had over half the bag of kale left. I decided to give raw kale salads a second chance, and pulled together this apple raisin salad. A couple months ago I stopped forcing myself to eat raw kale because I just hated it. But every so often I think about giving it another chance, and I just happened to be in the mood for a heartier salad.

I actually don’t mind eating this kale salad, and tastes much better the second day-not a usual occurrence for salads! But the tough kale absorbs some of the oil and vinegar, and become a lot more palatable (this is coming from someone who does not prefer raw kale, can you tell? ;)).

Apple Raisin Kale Salad

Makes 4 side dish servings


2 cups raw kale, chopped

1/2 apple (use a sweeter variety like Fuji, Gala, or Honey Crisp), thinly sliced

3 Tbsp raisins


1 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar



Look over the kale and remove any thick stems.  Wisk together oil, vinegar and salt. Pour dressing over salad, and massage it into the kale. Add apple slices and raisins; toss to combine. For best flavor and texture let sit overnight.

Are you a kale enthusiast? What’s the best way to prepare it?


7 comments on “Apple Raisin Kale Salad

  1. Hmmm… I am like you. I try SO hard to like and eat my greens….so difficult 😦
    I like kale chips and I made some kale phyllo rolls, but I don’t know about raw!! But I noticed that in spring salad mixes, they are including raw kale and chard and I have managed to eat it, so maybe it’s all in my head!

    Despite my kale issues, your salad looks refreshing and beautiful!

  2. thelady8home says:

    Oh man!! I wish I could tell you I love this…but I can’t stand kale, raisins are not a favorite, and apples…well, I am one of those weirdos who does not eat apples. But the picture looks beautiful!

  3. hotlyspiced says:

    I just saw on another blog a recipe for raw kale salad. It seems to be very fashionable and rightly so because kale is so good for you. This looks delicious.

  4. This looks amazing, Erin! I am obsessed with kale. Try tossing it with lemon juice, olive oil, a little onion, toasted nuts, salt/pepper, and avocado. And if you still don’t like it, keep adding more avocado til you do. 🙂 Thats the salad that won me over to kale! I can’t wait to try yours!

  5. Food Stories says:

    Kale is so in-vogue right now but I don’t favor it over any other green. Personally, I like collard greens a lot but I am from the South 🙂

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