Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Marinated Kale Salad with Apples and Gouda

My co-worker and very good friend Ericka has been such a good influence on me in terms of what I eat and how I exercise. I've picked up many of my healthy habits from her. So when I noticed she eats a kale salad with chicken just about everyday for lunch, I was really curious. 

Are kale salads good? What do they taste like? I only ever bake kale in the oven for "chips."

When I saw this recipe in Southern Living, I thought it was the perfect one to try out.

I used green apples instead of pink lady. I also got this amazing block of Gouda from Trader Joes that had hints of butterscotch and caramel in it.

While kale certainly is tougher than a regular lettuce, the lemon juice it marinates in overnight softens it up, and well of course the cheese helps.

Overall, this is a good salad, but I don't know if I could do it everyday. ;)

Marinated Kale Salad with Apples and Gouda (recipe from Southern Living)
1 Granny Smith Apple
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 bag or 2 bunches Lacinato kale, stemmed and chopped (about 8 oz.)
1/4 cup shaved aged Gouda cheese of choice

1. Chop apple into medium, bite sized pieces.

2. Whisk together lemon juice and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add kale and apples; toss to coat. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Add Gouda cheese, and toss just before serving.


  1. I've never even tried kale but it seems to be very popular in recipes lately! Is it just a tough lettuce or does it have any sort of special flavoring? I think to try it soon...

    Love your picture, michelle!
    <3 jenn

    1. Jenn it has been so popular lately. I've definitely noticed a Kale trend. It has little bit of a stronger flavor than lettuce but not as prominent as lets say spinach. Def try the chips to start! SO GOOD

    2. Kale is also much more nutritionally dense than most lettuce. It is packed with good-for-you nutrients.

  2. Great looking salad! I've never thought to include apple and gouda before!

  3. I adore kale these days! I buy the ready to eat bags from Trader Joe's and have been caught, more than once, with my hand in the bag & eating it plain. Yum! Plus, my thinking is that no one gets fat from eating too many leafy greens. :) Thanks for this yummy recipe

  4. What a lovely combo- you can't go wrong with some Gouda on top!


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