Kale Apple Salad


Easter Eggless Fourth of July Gluten Free Gut Healthy High Altitude Lunch & Dinner No Seed Oils Salads Spring | Published June 3, 2022 by Mimi Council

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This easy Kale Apple Salad is a copycat version of the one they sell at Jimbo's Naturally! It has kale, cucumber, red pepper, apple, red onion, and poppy seeds and it's tossed with a light honey dressing. This is the perfect summer salad for any barbecue!

If you love easy salads that are packed with nutrients, then check out some of my other favorite salads like my Healthy Asian Salad with No Sugar, Easy Quinoa Salad, or my Healthy AF Taco Salad.

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If you are a fan of Jimbo's Naturally, then you will love this Kale Apple Salad as I copied one of their deli salads. It tastes just like it! Jimbo's is our favorite health food store, they have all the good snacks. And, not only that, but they actually have an amazing bakery and deli. They make a lot of baked goods and foods there that are ready to go, and you can actually count on them to use organic ingredients. Unlike other health food stores that don't actually use organic ingredients in the food they make on site.

Jimbo's has all their ingredients listed on each item, so it's really easy to see what is in the deli items you are buying. And last time I was there, they had a Kale Apple Salad. It looked amazing and I trusted all the ingredients so I got a small tub of it. I ate it all in one day, it was so good! And because I knew what was in it, I told Delaney I would make when we got home. Now, I don't know their exact recipe, I just know the ingredients as they were listed. But, I will say that if you have ever had the Apple Kale Salad at Jimbo's that my recipe is basically an exact copycat!

If you haven't had it, and you go to Jimbo's I would definitely recommend you try it for a lazy night as it's totally worth it for convenience factor and it's delicious! But, if you don't have Jimbo's by you then you make my version of this Kale Apple Salad and I'm sure you are going to love it. You can serve this with some grilled chicken, steak, pork chops, or you can even add Organic Prairie Summer Sausage into the salad, which is something I've been doing lately and it's so good!

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

Jimbo's Copycat: If you're fan of Jimbo's this salad tastes just like their Kale Apple Salad!

Side Salad or Meal: This salad is a great side salad as is, or you can add in protein like chicken or summer sausage and make it into a meal.

Light and Fresh: This salad is light and fresh. The addition of crunchy sweet apples combined with the vinegar and light cucumbers gives this salad all the healthy vibes!

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Ingredients & Health Benefits

Kale: Organic kale is a cruciferous veggie that can help promote gut health.

EVOO: Organic extra virgin olive oil is a healthy fat and it has loads of antioxidants.

Apple Cider Vinegar: I love using organic apple cider vinegar in dressings as it brings a tang. It also is great for your gut health.

Dijon Mustard: I use Organic Dijon Mustard.

Red Onion: I love organic red onion in salads as it brings great depth of flavor. Red onions also have tons of antioxidants.

Apples: I use organic Fuji apples in this recipe. But you can use any kind of sweet red apple you like. Pink Lady, Pink Cripps, or Honeycrisp are also great options.

Cucumber: Organic cucumber is mostly water, so it can help you stay hydrated and go towards your water intake.

Red Pepper: Organic red peppers have vitamin C and potassium and they bring great flavor and crunch to this salad.

Poppy Seeds: I use Simply Organic Poppy Seeds in this recipe. Poppy seeds can help with bone health and also aid in digestion.

Tools Needed

Mixing Bowl

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In a medium bowl, add the olive oil, water, apple cider vinegar, honey, and mustard. Whisk together. Set aside.

Step 2

In a large bowl, add the kale, apples, cucumber, red pepper, red onions, and poppy seeds. Toss together.

Step 3

Add the salad dressing and toss to coat completely. If you're not going to eat the entire salad now, just scoop out a portion and dress, then store the extra salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. And store the dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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FAQ's

Can I use another kind of lettuce?

Yes, if you don't have kale feel free to substitute for another type like Romaine or a mixed greens. It will be delicious with whatever lettuce you have on hand.

Can I use another kind of apple?

Yes! I use Fuji in this recipe, which is a sweet apple. I would recommend using a sweet apple as it pairs so well with the hearty kale and the honey mustard. You could use Gala, Pink Ladys or another reddish apple with a sweet flavor.

What can I serve with this Kale Apple Salad?

I love serving this as a side dish to any meat in the summer time, like my Grilled BBQ Chicken. You could also add in summer sausage, chicken, or turkey lunch meat to the salad as well to make it a meal!

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Kale Apple Salad

Mimi Council
This light and summery Kale Apple Salad is refreshing and so delicious! Serve this as a side salad, or add in chicken or salami and make it a meal.
Prep Time 11 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Makes 6 servings
Calories 272 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Dressing

Salad

  • 8 cups kale
  • 2 Fuji apples (diced)
  • 1 cucumber (diced)
  • 1 red pepper (diced)
  • ½ cup red onion (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, add the olive oil, water, apple cider vinegar, honey, and mustard. Whisk together. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the kale, apples, cucumber, red pepper, red onions, and poppy seeds. Toss together.
  • Add the salad dressing and toss to coat completely. If you're not going to eat the entire salad now, just scoop out a portion and dress, then store the extra salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. And store the dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 107mgPotassium: 533mgFiber: 7gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 9618IUVitamin C: 114mgCalcium: 268mgIron: 2mg
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