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Winter Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette and Spiced Pecans


  • Salad
    • 1 large bunch kale, stems removed and leaves shredded or chopped
    • 2 honey crisp apples, thinly sliced
    • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
    • 1/2 cup spiced pecans (details below)
  • Apple Cider Vinaigrette
    • 1/3 cup EVOO
    • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Spiced Pecans
    • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup pecans


  • In a small bowl, make the apple cider vinaigrette by whisking together EVOO, apple cider vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  •  Place kale in a large bowl and pour dressing over the top. Toss to combine and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add sliced apples, crumbled goat cheese, and spiced pecans on top.  Season with additional salad and pepper to taste.

Spiced Pecans Recipe

  • In a small bowl, combine 1/2 tsp black pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and 1 tsp salt.
  • In a medium bowl, add pecans and 2 Tbsp butter. Toss to coat.
  • Add spice mixture and toss again until fully coated.

** Store salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. If making ahead, store dressing separately, mixing together when ready to serve.

** Double up on the dressing recipe and save in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.

Serves: 6   Prep time: 10 minutes