Rating: 4.75 stars
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

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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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

142 calories; protein 3.6g; carbohydrates 12.7g; fat 9.5g; cholesterol 6mg; sodium 308.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (28)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2013
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/24/2014
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? Read More
(2)
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2013
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. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2013
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2013
Easy to make and tasty this salad is a hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2016
I made this per the recipe- it was a hit- all gone at the end of the event. I think you could get away with less olive oil or add more cider vinegar.... And I think massaging the kale was key. I could tell if was massaged enough by the way the color went from light green to a deep green and the color on my hands! I like a nutritious salad- this fits the bill! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/24/2014
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? Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2014
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2016
Used roasted pumpkin seeds and feta cheese. Great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2016
I didn't have gorgonzola so I used a different cheese but it would have elevated the flavors even more. I don't like the texture of kale but love the health benefits so I like trying new recipes and this one delivered. Like the others said you must massage the kale first! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2014
This is a really easy delicious healthy salad. I omitted the cheese and didn't miss it at all but I'm sure it's equally good with it. Great way to use up all of the kale from our garden! Read More
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