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4.91 from 10 votes

Kale Apple Salad Recipe

Tart green apples, creamy garbanzos, crunchy walnuts and nutty ribbons of raw kale are tossed in a sweet maple and apple cider vinaigrette for a tasty entrée salad you won't soon forget.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz



  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup or honey
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes optional
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt Pepper
  • teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper


  • 8 oz Tuscan Kale or Curly Kale thick stalks removed and leaves chopped
  • 1 cup Chickpeas boiled or canned
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple or Fuji Apple/Honeycrisp chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • cup Tomato chopped
  • ¼ cup Walnut coarsely chopped


  • Begin with making the salad dressing. In jar or a bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, maple syrup, garlic, pepper flakes, salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Now, close the jar lid and whisk well to form an emulsion. Let the prepared sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Clean, wash and dry the kale. Cut off the thick stem and chop the kale into thin strips.
  • In a large bowl, add chopped kale, chickpeas, chopped apple, tomato, and walnuts.
  • Shake and pour the prepared dressing over the salad and toss well until coated evenly.
  • Let the salad sit in the dressing for 15 minutes to develop the better flavor and then serve.


While I love this recipe as written, feel free to make some swaps based on what you have on hand.
  • Apples - Fuji apple, pink lady or honeycrisp apple will all work well instead of granny smith
  • Nuts - Almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, or pine nuts can stand in for walnuts
  • Beans - White beans, black beans or red kidney beans can be used instead of chickpeas
  • Sweetener - While I love the flavor of maple syrup, you can easily substitute agave nectar, honey or date syrup instead.


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 535mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5842IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 2mg