A Kale Waldorf Salad is a modern twist on the classic Waldorf salad, incorporating nutrient-rich kale and a creamy dressing. Here’s how to make it:
For the Salad:
- 4 cups kale leaves, stems removed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 2 cups red apples, diced (such as Gala or Fuji)
- 1 cup celery, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup seedless grapes, halved
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
For the Dressing:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
Prepare the Kale:
- Wash the kale leaves thoroughly and remove the tough stems. Chop the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces. You can also massage the kale leaves with a bit of olive oil to help soften them if desired.
Prepare the Dressing:
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt or sour cream, lemon juice, honey, salt, and black pepper. Taste and adjust the sweetness or tanginess by adding more honey or lemon juice if needed.
Assemble the Salad:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped kale, diced apples, sliced celery, halved grapes, chopped toasted walnuts, and finely chopped red onion.
- Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients.
- Gently toss everything together until the kale and other ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.
Chill and Serve:
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate the Kale Waldorf Salad for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together and the kale to soften slightly.
- When ready to serve, give the salad a final toss and garnish with extra walnuts or grapes if desired.
- Serve the Kale Waldorf Salad as a refreshing and nutritious side dish or as a light meal.
This salad is a wonderful combination of textures and flavors, with the sweetness of apples and grapes, the crunch of celery and walnuts, and the creamy dressing. The kale adds a healthy twist to the traditional Waldorf salad, making it a great choice for a satisfying and wholesome meal or side dish.