Favorite Thanksgiving Salad: Kale Apple Walnut Salad

Our favorite Thanksgiving Salad recipe made with a massage kale salad base, apple slices, goat cheese, candied walnuts, and dried cherries! 

Prep: 30 minutesCook: 10 minutesTotal: 40 minutes
Fat 21 Carbs 34 Protein 9
Yield 4-6 1x



  • 8 cups raw kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 medium Gala apple, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup candied walnuts
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries (or dried cranberries)


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. First, begin by preparing our famous balsamic vinaigrette. Read the directions on how to do so in this post. Then, set aside.
  2. Then, prepare candied walnuts by following the directions on how to do so in this post.
  3. Next, place raw kale into a large bowl and drizzle on olive oil. Season with salt. Use your hands to massage the kale for 2-3 minutes or until it turns bright green and begins to wilt. 
  4. Add in sliced apple, fresh thyme, candied walnuts, goat cheese crumbles, and dried cherries. Toss to combine.
  5. Drizzle on dressing and then toss one more time to combine.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 Calories: 278 Sugar: 19 Fat: 21 Carbohydrates: 34 Fiber: 7 Protein: 9
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: SaladMethod: StovetopCuisine: AmericanDiet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Thanksgiving salad

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