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kale apple salad with almonds and gruyere

Kale Salad with Apple, Gruyére, and Almonds

  • Author: Camille Styles
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Elevate your salad game with this delicious kale and apple salad. The salty, crunchy, creamy, and sweet ingredients make every bite something to savor.


Units Scale
  • 1 head Tuscan Kale, washed and dried
  • 1 Honeycrisp (or other sweet) apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped or shaved Gruyère cheese
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced or shaved on a mandoline
  • 1/3 roasted salted almonds, chopped

For the mustard dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Make the vinaigrette. Add everything to a blender, and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Prepare the kale. Remove the leaves from the tough stems (discard the stems), then chop into bite-sized pieces. Add to a very large salad bowl, drizzle with a little extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt. Use your hands to massage for about a minute, until the kale has reduced a bit in size and is bright green and glossy.
  3. To the bowl, add the chopped apple, Gruyère, red onion, and almonds.
  4. Pour over half the vinaigrette, and use your hands (or a big spoon) to mix everything well. Drizzle a little extra dressing over the top and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or place in the fridge for up to six hours.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Category: salads

Keywords: kale apple salad