Kale, Apple and Pistachio Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

Kale, Apple and Pistachio Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing is the perfect fall salad. It is crunchy, sweet, salty and tart.

What a great fall salad and perfect for Thanksgiving too. Keeper recipe

Kale, apple and pistachio salad is the perfect accompaniment to a hearty, fall dinner. It is light, crisp, flavorful and a little acidic. One bite and you feel like you have fireworks of flavor exploding in your mouth. Initially you get the sour of lemon, then the tang of mustard, then the sweetness of maple syrup and apples and lastly the nuttiness of the pistachio. Your taste buds are oh so happy.

What a great fall salad and perfect for Thanksgiving too. Keeper recipe

Kale was not something I grew up eating. I really thought of it as a stringy overcooked southern green slathered in bacon fat. I was looking to add a new vegetable to our diet so I decided to try it. It was love at first bite. I like it roasted, stewed or raw. Now it is an extremely popular vegetable you see all over. I love how versatile it is. Even though I can find it year round at our grocery store, I wait until fall to have it. I love the anticipation of that first bite when I know kale is in season.

 

What a great fall salad and perfect for Thanksgiving too. Keeper recipe

There was something about this salad that really made it stand out. We rarely have the same dish twice in a month but we had this salad three times in a row for dinner! I even had it for lunch one day. Sure it is quick and easy but the flavor is totally addicting. You can serve it as a side dish or add some lean protein and have a fantastic light dinner. I am already dreaming about making this again. I am really stuck on this dish. I think I will have to serve this salad for our upcoming Halloween Dinner. Kale, apple and pistachio salad would also make a fantastic side dish for Thanksgiving, too. It tastes special enough for a special occasion. Try it for yourself and see if you become as addicted as I am.

What a great fall salad and perfect for Thanksgiving too. Keeper recipe

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Yields 4

Kale, Apple and Pistachio Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

10 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups torn kale leaves
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 2 tbsp. chopped pistachios
  • 1 ounce grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

  1. Toast the pistachios – put them in a small skillet over medium heat. Shake every few minutes and allow to toast for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, toss kale, apple, onion, pistachios and parmesan cheese.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, maple syrup, mustard and lemon juice.
  4. Whisk in olive oil then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour dressing around the sides of the salad bowl and toss to combine.
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Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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What a great fall salad and perfect for Thanksgiving too. Keeper recipe

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Comments

  1. What a great looking salad and so healthy too! Love seeing healthy and interesting recipe's such as this one! Thanks for the great post! Gonna def. try this one!
  2. Cristrie ... this salad is destined to become a family favorite ... delicious...thank you
  3. I am a big fan of pistachios, I will have to give it a try! I am visiting from Marvelous Mondays...I am co-hosting this week! Thanks for linking and please take a look at my blog, MilwaukeeKitchen.blogspot.com to see all that happens in my Milwaukee Kitchen! Sara
  4. I appreciate you posting this recipe. Like you, I had assumed that kale was just a green that had to be cooked southern style. I prefer my greens raw but honestly, I was unsure if I could eat kale raw? I have made kale chips and enjoyed them, but they aren't as fast and easy as making a salad. Thank you, I'll definitely try this.
  5. Oh, and your photo with the sun shining on the salad is gorgeous!
  6. Love Kale, thanks for the recipe!!
  7. Looks refreshing and healthy! So pretty! Thanks for linking up to the Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you back next week!
  8. This salad sounds amazing and I am going to try it soon. Thanks for sharing on foodie friends friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.
  9. What a fabulous kale salad! Love healthy salads like this. Thanks for a great recipe!
  10. Pinned to try! This sounds fantastic :) Thanks you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)
  11. This is a GREAT salad I can actually eat it everyday
  12. This looks so delicious! I just picked some kale this morning from our community garden too - what luck! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Mom On Timeout. Hope to see you back tonight!
  13. Sounds great - when do you add the water, or did I miss that part? I assume it is in the dressing?
  14. Karen @BakingInATornado says
    OK healthy, crunchy and includes toasted pistachios. I'm SO making this.
  15. The salad looks fantastic, but I've combed the page for the actual ingredients and recipe and I just can't seem to spot it, can you please point me in the right direction
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Glenda, Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I inadvertently deleted the recipe yesterday when I was doing some maintenance. It is back now. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie

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