Kale Apple Salad on a gray plate with a silver fork

Kale-Apple Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Eating plenty of leafy greens is touted as a way to feel physically more fit and full of energy, while their eye-popping color palette (think purple Russian kale and rainbow chard!) lifts the spirit. This Kale-Apple Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing is a fantastic dish that highlights the freshness of kale and is great served during wintertime.

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Kale Apple Salad on a gray plate with a silver fork
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Kale-Apple Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Olga Miller


  • 1 bunch fresh kale , stemmed and chopped (about 8 ounces/226 grams)
  • 1 medium red apple , cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery with leaves , thinly sliced
  • ½ small red onion , thinly sliced
  • 4 pieces thick-sliced bacon , chopped (about 8 ounces/226 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) Dijon mustard
  • Kosher or fine sea salt , to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper , to taste


  • Combine kale, apple, celery, and onion in a bowl; set aside.
  • Cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crispy; transfer to a paper towel to drain.
  • Whisk lemon juice, vinegar, maple syrup, and mustard into the bacon fat until slightly thickened and creamy; remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Immediately pour over salad and toss to coat.
  • Crumble the bacon onto the salad. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts
Kale-Apple Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 254mg11%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1472IU29%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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