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Apple and Kale Salad with Oil Free Maple Dijon Dressing

When our CSA box arrived, full of kale and apples, this lovely fall salad almost created itself. I knew I had a hit when my daughter, her best friend and her boyfriend came to town and devoured the entire bowl in one sitting! It’s all fall with maple syrup, cranberries and apples. Maple pepper pecans are the perfect topping and add a great crunch. I am going to be serving this as one of the dishes on Christmas!


Kale Apple Salad with Maple Pepper Pecans


Make sure you don’t skip the first step of massaging the kale with lemon juice and salt. It softens the kale but most importantly, it removes the bitter edge. It’s like magic! This salad will hold well for a couple of days. You may have a little dressing left over, but I am sure you will find a use for it! If not, it will freeze well while it waits for the next salad!

Instead of using oil in the dressing, we are using a cashew cream. Let’s face it. Getting our calories from whole foods instead of processed foods is always a better choice. So, I decided this dressing would be a whole food dressing.

Did you know that cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts? They have antioxidants and fiber. They are a good source of copper, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. And they have been shown to help fight heart disease! Now, why wouldn’t we choose that over oil?

Enjoy this recipe and I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!

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  1. kaia lauren wrote on January 26, 2015

    best salad ever in the world!!!!!! i love you mom!!

    • Susan wrote on January 26, 2015

      Awe…I love you, too, Boo!

  2. Monika wrote on January 23, 2015

    Dear Susan, such a lovely recipe! This is the first I’m trying and not only sit and admire. Made it yesterday to myself and meat loving husband. We both loved it! And it turned out to look as beautiful as all your work 🙂 Am sure to make it again, however next in line is your Orange Chocolate Hazelnut Tort. Thanks for a Rawmazing and Beautiful site!


  3. ASEA Associate wrote on January 17, 2015

    Love picking up the new ideas for a raw food diet. My family and I have been going strong for 7 months now and this blog has provided a much needed boost for our menu. Thanks for the share; I will be back.


  4. Anna wrote on January 17, 2015

    Everything looks insane!! So inspiring… can’t wait to try it at home!! 🙂

  5. Emma wrote on January 16, 2015

    Thank you so much for the recipe! I always try to put more kale on my menu and now I`m really motivated to try your yummy- looking recipe 🙂

    • Susan wrote on January 12, 2015

      Hi, Richard,

      They are back up. A glitch with some back end plugins. Cheers!

  6. Shaun wrote on January 11, 2015

    I would love to make this dressing, but I am not a fan of sweet dressings. Is there a good substitute for the maple syrup that isn’t sweet, or could I just leave the syrup out altogether?

    • Susan wrote on January 12, 2015

      Hi, Shaun, I try to make my dressings very balanced as far as flavor goes. I don’t know that I would actually call this a “sweet” dressing even though it has maple syrup in it. If you are looking for a recipe that doesn’t, I would suggest trying a different recipe before I would just omit an ingredient. There would not be a balance of flavors at that point. Cheers!


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