Autumn Apple & Kale Salad

Kale Salad with Warm Apple Cinnamon Balsamic & Cranberry Walnut Clusters

Cranberry walnut clusters and a balsamic maple dressing make this salad extra-special. The base is simple: kale and apples. Once combined, it’s the perfect combination for a comforting winter salad!

5 from 2 votes
Autumn Apple & Kale Salad
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Kale Salad with Warm Apple Cinnamon Balsamic & Cranberry Walnut Clusters

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 767kcal
Author: Gina Fontana


  • 2 bunches kale (curly kale works best)
  • 2 apples sliced or diced

For the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons oil (walnut, olive, grapeseed, or avocado)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon plus a pinch
  • Pinch kosher or fine sea salt

For the cranberry walnut clusters:

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup walnuts


  • Wash the kale and tear the leaves from the stem into medium-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk all the dressing ingredients together and heat until simmering but not boiling. Whisk often.
  • In a medium skillet, melt the sugar with the cinnamon over medium heat, watching carefully to avoid burning. Once the sugar starts to liquify, add the cranberries and walnuts, remove from heat, and stir to coat with the sugar.
  • Pour the dressing over the kale and, once cool enough to touch, use your hands to massage the kale with the dressing until the leaves turn soft and are a dark green hue (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Top the salad with the apples and cranberry walnut clusters.


Nutrition Facts
Kale Salad with Warm Apple Cinnamon Balsamic & Cranberry Walnut Clusters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 767 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 58mg2%
Potassium 1029mg29%
Carbohydrates 99g33%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 70g78%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 13085IU262%
Vitamin C 164.3mg199%
Calcium 267mg27%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Autumn Apple & Kale Salad Recipe

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Tags: Apples Balsamic Cinnamon Cranberries Gina Fontana Kale Magazine Walnuts
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