Creamy Kale Salad

Avocado and walnut oil (or olive oil) make the dressing for this salad, a refreshing mix of crispy apples, kale, and walnuts.
Whole Living, January/February 2011
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, seed removed
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 bunch kale (8 oz.), stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small red beet, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet, crisp apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped


  1. Combine avocado, vinegar,
    mustard, and oil in a food
    processor. Pulse until smooth.
    (It will be thick.) Season with
    salt and pepper.

  2. Combine kale, beets, apple,
    and walnuts in a large bowl.
    Toss with avocado dressing.
    Season with salt and pepper.
    Serve immediately.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (11)

  • greeniemom 22 Mar, 2011

    I swapped sunflower seeds for the walnuts since that's what I had available and used a coarse brown mustard instead of the dijon. I also used only 2 T of oil to save a little on fat and calories. To rwr, yes, it's a raw beet. I think next time I'll try this with regular salad greens since the raw kale was a little too hard core for my family. It's definitely a great recipe and one I plan to make again.

  • Plumeria42 20 Feb, 2011

    I have made this salad a number of times and it is a total crowd pleaser. I like to swap pecans in for the walnuts. YUM!!

  • pamela joy 12 Jan, 2011

    It's all raw baby!

    And adding raw foods to your daily plan is a great way to cleanse. Often times I'll even add raw foods (baby spinach) to a cooked lentil stew with maybe a dolap of non-fat Greek yogurt. Great way to get in raw food when you're craving something warm and comfy!

  • pamela joy 11 Jan, 2011

    To reduce the calories I would add lemon juice to the dressing and cut back a third maybe on the oil.

  • pamela joy 11 Jan, 2011

    You could substitute any green: baby spinach, chard even romaine or even mix it all. So you don't have to serve immediately, add a squirt of fresh lemon juice in the dressing to prevent it from turning brown. Slice the apples before serving. For fun I first pulsed a pitted date in my food processor to add a litttle sweetness to the dressing. Yum!This salad is CRAZY amazingly good and a perfect dinner if doing any sort of detox- rejuvination.

  • beckeya 11 Jan, 2011

    Does anyone know the calories per serving? Sounds delicious!

  • kgloppen 11 Jan, 2011

    Has anyone substituted anything for the Kale? I don't have Kale on hand but have other greens. Thoughts?

  • kgloppen 11 Jan, 2011

    Has anyone substituted anything for the Kale? I don't have Kale on hand but have other greens. Thoughts?

  • DianaOrlando 11 Jan, 2011

    This has a surprisingly delicious combination of raw kale and raw beets. The avacado, apples and nuts made it all a scrumptious, unique salad!

  • didipeck 11 Jan, 2011

    Also assuming raw Kale?

  • rwr 11 Jan, 2011

    Is this a raw beet or cooked?