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Adding cheese makes kale salad go-to dish


    Kale and apple salad with toasted nuts.

I ended up with a lot of kale this year in my tiny backyard garden, so this simple salad has quickly become a favorite.

Super crunchy, with just enough cheese tossed in to make it attractive to kids, it could be your go-to dish, too. It comes together in minutes and only requires a sharp knife.

It can be served as a main course with a good crusty bread or as a side with those pulled pork sandwiches you’re perfecting for football season.

I added toasted sliced almonds, but it would work just as well with toasted pecans. Pick your favorite apple — I prefer a tart Granny Smith because I think it pairs well with cheddar. A salty Parmesan makes a nice addition, too.


  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 4 cups very finely chopped curly kale
  • 1 sweet or tart apple, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Parmesan cheese, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • >> Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Toast almonds in a saute pan over medium heat until fragrant and lightly browned. Toss almonds, kale, apple chunks and cheese in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss again.

To make dressing: Whisk together lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and add more lemon juice or oil as you prefer. Add dressing to the salad and toss well to combine flavors. Serves 2 as a main dish and 4 as a side.

Nutritional information unavailable.

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