Kale Apple Salad (Whole Foods Copycat)

My kids love to get lunch at Whole Foods.  Every time I go there, I always try something new. I tried the kale salad last time and loved it.  It was slightly too sweet for me, so I immediately got the idea to make my own homemade Kale Apple Salad.

I think my version came out really good.  I hope you do too. If you love kale, you may also like my white bean kale soup or my balsamic kale chickpea salad.


kale apple salad


I used to have a really hard time eating raw kale.  That is until I found out how to massage kale.  It makes the kale so soft in texture and much easier to eat. It’s seriously life changing!!

This healthy salad is vegan and gluten free!



kale apple salad


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Kale Apple Salad

Kale Apple Salad

Prep Time 5 min Serves 2-3 servings     adjust servings

Kale Apple Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette


    For the salad

    • 1 large bunch kale, stems removed and chopped (I used curly kale)
    • 1 apple, peeled and chopped (I used a honey crisp apple)
    • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (I used cranberries sweetened with fruit)
    • 1/3 cup slivered almonds

    For the dressing


    1. Remove the stems from the kale and chop into bite sized pieces. Using your hands, massage the kale. See video above.
    2. In a large serving bowl , add all the salad ingredients.
    3. In a small bowl , whisk together the dressing ingredients.
    4. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.
    5. Serve immediately or wait 30 minutes for the flavors to develop more in the fridge.


    Recipe Notes

    This should last 4-5 days in the fridge. Enjoy!


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    31 thoughts to “Kale Apple Salad (Whole Foods Copycat)”

    1. Hi Melissa - I love your delicious recipes, your creativity and appreciate that you take all the guess work out of cooking and baking so we all can create these wonderful foods as well. This salad looks delicious plus I have all the ingredients to make it so can't wait. I wanted to point out there is a super easy way to prepare kale before you massage it if you're not aware. Not sure if you can picture this, but if you hold the kale by the stem in one hand and then slide your hand down from the bottom of the stem (least leafy) to the top (most leafy), it takes the leaves right off, leaving only the stem in your hand. It's kind of like you're stripping the kale off either side. It's super easy, super fast and I think you and your daughter would have lots of fun "stripping the kale" together. Just wanted to pass along a little helpful hint I learned at a whole foods plant based cooking demo. All the best, Angie
    2. I am enjoying your recipes!!! I just made the green lentil salad yesterday, delicious!! I also signed up for the "Forks Over Knives" online cooking class, as I really want to increase my knowledge and cooking skills of plant based eating. You are a wonderful inspiration, and I would love to get your cookbook. Thank you!!!! :) Kara
      1. Thank you Kara! I have one cookbook out now. You can check it out here. http://amzn.to/1e1FgDt I will also be publishing a new one due out in Sept. 2016. :)
    3. Apples, kale and citrus go so well together. Have you tried this dressing with fresh lime juice? I think you'd love it as much as the lemon. Sweet video, and congratulations on your first! I've only ever massaged kale with ingredients such as avocado or lemon or lime juice. Next time I make a salad, I'll try massaging it plain--no mess! But we do like playing with our food at our house, so massaging with goodies is fun too. Gorgeous photos, btw.
        1. You're welcome. Just stopped back by to let you know I'm sharing this as my pick for #Recipe of the Day on social media today, including Twitter and my own YayYay's Kitchen Facebook page. So good!
    4. Just made this last night - the dressing is delish with Meyer lemons; they're so sweet that I only used 1 T. maple syrup, and I think I could have used less. I didn't peel the apples. Will be making this often - thanks!
    5. This salad was so sublime- just added a little cinnamon to the dressing because I love it with apple. Thanks so much for sharing! :) https://plantymcplantface.wordpress.com/

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