This salad has everything: the creaminess of avocado, the tanginess of apple, the crunch of almonds, and, of course, bacon. A great way to use extra kale.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Salad:
Dressing:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Toss apples with lemon juice in a large bowl to coat. Add kale, bacon, avocado, and almonds; toss to mix.

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  • Whisk olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, pepper, and salt together in a bowl until smooth; drizzle over salad and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

1110 calories; protein 17.5g 35% DV; carbohydrates 58.9g 19% DV; fat 94.4g 145% DV; cholesterol 38.1mg 13% DV; sodium 1107.6mg 44% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (32)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2014
I have made this salad about 10 times now for various people and they all love it - even my picky teenagers! The only change I make is to use dijon mustard instead of yellow mustard because I think it tastes much better. Also as someone else said here only half the recommended dressing is needed. This salad has become a staple of our diet. Read More
(15)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/19/2014
I know this is definitely healthy but I need something to soften the stiffness (lack of a better word) of the kale. Most kale salads that appeal to me are drizzled with a hot oil to wilt the kale slightly and then sprinkled with a light dusting of finely shredded cheese. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2014
I have made this salad about 10 times now for various people and they all love it - even my picky teenagers! The only change I make is to use dijon mustard instead of yellow mustard because I think it tastes much better. Also as someone else said here only half the recommended dressing is needed. This salad has become a staple of our diet. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2014
Pretty good. Great toppings of almonds bacon and avo. Made exactly as written but next time I will replace the maple syrup with honey and use a balsamic vinegar. The maple was a bit overpowering for me. Also needs another softer green like spinach or baby romaine. Since I knew kale was going to be much firmer I added the dressing early -- about 20 minutes before serving to make sure it added a lot of flavor. Definite potential here Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2013
This is a great simple salad! Omitted the avocado (didn't have one) but added about 1/4 shredded aged white cheddar. Tossed with half the dressing and that was plenty. Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2015
This is the BEST kale salad I've yet to make; simply delicious. Couple of things: 1. I use only 1/2 the amount of salad dressing called for and omit salt (see 2. below). 2. Prior to adding other ingredients use salt called for in the dressing on the kale then massage the Kale for 1-2 minutes to tenderize. (This makes a HUGE difference in tenderizing the Kale). Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2016
Would make kale slices even smaller and marinate in the lemon for at least an hour beforehand so the citrus can break down the kale better. Cut the dressing in half and still had leftover the 1/2 cup of oil just didn't seem right for 6 cups of greens. Also only used one large apple and cut into smaller bite sized pieces but threw in the whole avocado - as everyone knows they don't keep well once cut open. Substituted smoked salmon for the bacon which was great and used Dijon mustard loved dressing the flavor. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2017
We have gobs of kale in our garden and this is my absolute favorite go-to salad. I can eat it all summer long and never grow tired of it. It s always a hit when I take it to gatherings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2015
Absolute best salad ever just as it is. However I often don't have avocado's so I omit them sometimes and have often times used Swiss Chard instead of Kale. I think it is mainly the dressing and you could add whatever else you wanted for the salad part except of course you would have to keep the lovely smoked bacon in it. I also agree with others on probably not using all the salad dressing. I just mix up a double batch and use what I want and keep it in the frig for the next time. Set it out a little before supper so the olive oil melts and it is ready to go. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2013
Did not use the maple syrup because I did not have any. I used brown sugar instead. But it was a hit nonetheless! Will make it repeatedly in future. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2014
This was yummy! I find raw kale to be a bit coarse so I used finely shredded baby kale and tossed it with the dressing about an hour before adding the rest of the ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/19/2014
I know this is definitely healthy but I need something to soften the stiffness (lack of a better word) of the kale. Most kale salads that appeal to me are drizzled with a hot oil to wilt the kale slightly and then sprinkled with a light dusting of finely shredded cheese. Read More