Apple Dijon Kale Salad

$5.53 recipe / $1.38 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.90 from 37 votes
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I’m in love. The dressing alone on this Apple Dijon Kale Salad was enough to make me swoon. It’s just a very simple Dijon vinaigrette, but it’s so good that I kept dipping my spoon in for taste after taste. And because kale is so sturdy, it stands up well to being pre-dressed with the vinaigrette, making this salad great for weekly meal prep. In fact, I’m sure that as the juice from the apples begins to mingle with the dressing, it will only make it even better.

A bowl of Apple Dijon Kale Salad with a jar of dressing on the side and a whole green Granny smith apple

I love that this salad combines so many flavors and textures in one bowl. You have the slightly bitter flavor of the curly kale, the sweet and crispy apples, crunchy walnuts, and super sweet raisins. Then, all of that is topped off with a tangy dijon vinaigrette. It just all works.

How to Serve Apple Kale Dijon Salad

Eat this Apple Dijon Kale Salad with a cool glass of crisp white wine, some awesome crusty bread, and maybe some cheddar cheese. That’s what I call the perfect summer dinner.

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A bowl of Apple Dijon Kale Salad from the front
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Apple Dijon Kale Salad

4.90 from 37 votes
This Apple Dijon Kale Salad is tangy, sweet, and crunchy with Granny Smith apples, walnuts, raisins, and a homemade Dijon vinaigrette.
This Apple Dijon Kale Salad is tangy, sweet, and crunchy with Granny Smith apples, walnuts, raisins, and a homemade Dijon vinaigrette.
Servings 4
Prep 20 minutes
Total 20 minutes


  • 1/3 cup olive oil ($0.69)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar ($0.24)
  • 1 clove garlic ($0.08)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard ($0.14)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 10-15 cranks freshly cracked pepper ($0.05)
  • 1/2 lb chopped kale (about one bunch) ($2.32)
  • 1 medium granny smith apple ($0.79)
  • 1/4 cup raisins ($0.27)
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves ($0.80)


  • Rinse the kale well in a colander under cool running water. Allow the kale to drain as you prepare the rest of the salad.
  • In a blender combine the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, clove of garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until the garlic is minced and the dressing is smooth.
  • Wash the apple and slice it into thin wedges, or dice it into cubes. Roughly chop the walnut halves. Make sure the kale is as dry as possible and then add it to a large bowl along with the apples, walnuts, and raisins. Starting with just half, drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Add more dressing as desired (I used the whole batch).

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Serving: 1ServingCalories: 344.48kcalCarbohydrates: 20.7gProtein: 5.45gFat: 28.65gSodium: 238.15mgFiber: 4.83g
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Dijon vinaigrette being poured from a glass bottle onto a bowl of Apple Dijon Kale Salad

How to Make Apple Dijon Kale Salad – Step By Step Photos

Bagged Chopped Kale
Pre-chopped bagged kale is pretty easy to find these days and fairly inexpensive (since it doesn’t wilt quickly), so I usually pay for this convenience. I used roughly 1/2 pound, or about what you’d get from one large bunch of kale. 

Chop kale even more
I like to chop the kale into even smaller pieces for use in fresh salads because it makes the kale easier to chew and eat (if cooking the kale I generally leave it in larger pieces). Place the chopped kale in a colander and rinse well under cool running water. Let the kale drain as you prepare the dressing.

Dijon Vinaigrette Ingredients in a blender
Now it’s time to make the AH-MAZING dressing. Just add 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1.5 Tbsp Dijon mustard, one clove of peeled garlic, 1/4 tsp salt, and some freshly cracked pepper to a blender.

Finished Dijon Vinaigrette in the blender, viewed from the side
Then blend the dressing until smooth. Taste the dressing and adjust the salt or pepper if you’d like. If you find the dressing too tangy for your liking, you can add a small amount of honey or sugar to help tone it down, but I suggest leaving it really tangy because it creates a nice juxtaposition of flavors in the salad. I love this little $15 Hamilton Beach blender, BTW! (affiliate link)

Apples Walnuts and Raisins prepped on a cutting board
Now chop the toppings. I sliced the apple into thin wedges, but you could also dice it. Roughly chop 1/2 cup walnuts because smaller pieces mean more in every bite… but pieces that are *too* small means not enough texture. Find the happy medium. The raisins are already the perfect size.

Overhead view of Apple Dijon Kale Salad in a bowl with a black fork
Before you build the salad, make sure that kale is as dry as possible. Shake the water off and if you’re feeling like an over achiever, get in there with a paper towel to absorb some more. Put the kale in a large bowl, add the apples, walnuts, and raisins. Pour the dressing on, starting with just half, then toss to coat. Add more dressing if desired. I desired ALL OF IT. ;D

Apple Dijon Kale Salad with dressing poured over top, ready to eat
And now you’re ready to eat this epic Apple Dijon Kale Salad. Seriously, add a glass of some dry riesling or something else crisp. You won’t be sorry. Oohh, this would be great with some grilled meat. I LOVE SUMMER.

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  1. I am OBSESSED with this salad. It’s so good and so easy. I also buy pre-shredded, pre-washed kale and I use salad topper from Costco that has dried cranberries and nuts and seeds. So all I have to do is slice the apple and make the dressing, then throw it all together. I make a big batch a couple times a month and keep in tupperwares in the fridge as a side salad for my work lunches. The dressing is EVERYTHING!

  2. Delicious! I subbed pecans and craisins since I had those on hand.

    I added honey to the dressing – our preference. I also added a spoon of plain Greek yogurt to the dressing. Makes it so much easier to emulsify without dragging out the blender.

    So good and also a beautiful dish. Might make for Christmas dinner!

  3. I really like this salad, very powerful flavor and the different textures was great. My parents, alas, were not impressed though. More for me!
    I wasn’t a fan of using the blender but I couldn’t find my garlic press. If you suck at using the blender like me and have a press, use that instead and then just whisk the dressing ingredients together by hand.

  4. Since discovering this dressing, it has become my go to. I don’t make the salad as described but rather half kale half mixed greens, roasted red pepper, tomatoes, cukes, walnuts or chicken for protein…and then this glorious dressing. I make a big batch as I find it lasts well in the fridge for a couple of weeks at least.