Take-out Tuesday, Loaded Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This salad is full of Fall flavors, and if you want to make it into a main dish salad, you can add cheese, chicken and/or bacon

Not only is this easy to make, especially if you use a washed and ready salad mix, it is a bowl of beautiful colors, textures, and contrasting flavors that make every bite an adventure!

The greens are a mixture of kale, spinach, red chard, and frisee, topped with crunchy pecans, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds and crispy apple pieces

Leave the peel on the apple for extra nutrition and ease of preparation

The Apple Cider Vinaigrette is super simple to make

Oil, apple cider vinegar, apple cider, maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon, and the secret ingredient that pulls it altogether, sweet hot honey mustard.  You can use any spicy mustard you like.  Taste and adjust seasonings until the dressing suits you

Loaded Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Make this a main dish salad by adding chicken, cheese and or bacon
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 3



  • 6 cups power greens: kale, baby spinach, red chard, frizee, in any proportion you like
  • 1 Honey crisp apple
  • roasted and salted pumpkin Seeds
  • roasted and salted pecans
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • White cheddar chunks or crumbled bleu cheese optional
  • Cooked chicken, shredded or cut into pieces optional
  • Crispy bacon optional

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 -2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sweet hot mustard [or more if you like heat]
  • Salt & pepper


  • Prepare dressing and refrigerate early in the day, if possible, for flavors to blend. Place dressing ingredients in a quart jar, and shake well to combine. Or blend ingredients in a blender or food processor and pour into a pint jar. This makes about 1 pint of dressing and will keep for a month in refrigerator.
  • Put salad greens in a large bowl and add toppings. Slice apple just before serving if possible, to prevent browning. Toss with vinaigrette.
Keyword Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Fall salad, kale and apple salad, kale salad, pumpkin seeds

This salad will give you a sure boost of energy, perfect for the hectic holiday season coming up!


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19 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Loaded Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette”
  1. Mary says:

    Your kale salad is loaded with flavor and nutrition Jenna! Love the colors and textures. Happy Sales to you! โ™ฅ

  2. Rita C. says:

    Sounds and looks good! I eat all kinds of salads, but have only tried the packaged apple cider vinaigrette dressing that Chick Fil A offers. I love the tangy taste.
    Another pinner winner. Thanks.

  3. Jodi says:

    Oh Yum! Some chunky creamy blue cheese on top!!! OOO LA LA!!

  4. Sharon Mann says:

    Beautiful and delicious, I could eat this now at 5:30 am. I love all of your artistic creations.

  5. Jenna, it is almost lunch time and I wish you delivered! This looks delicious and healthy! The dressing has to be fabulous.

  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    Oh, your salad sounds so good, Jenna!! Thanks for the recipe! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ

  7. I can certainly do with a burst of energy. Dressing is intriguing. Salad sounds delicious.

  8. Cyndi Raines says:

    Yes please! Lol love all your ingredients, so I know this is a winner! Pinning! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Miz Helen says:

    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and thanks so much for sharing it with us! Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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