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Easy Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

This easy kale salad gets tossed in the perfect zippy dressing before getting delicious add-ins thrown in like sharp cheddar, raisins, and pine nuts.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 283kcal


  • 8 cups finely sliced kale, stems removed and discarded (one large bunch)
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 ounce sharp white cheddar cut into 1 1/16" cubes (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts*


  • Whisk vinegar, olive oil, garlic, maple syrup, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Pour oil in while whisking to make sure it emulsifies in with the vinegar. 
  • Add kale and toss to coat about half hour before serving. Works best if you rub it in with your hands to make sure the dressing evenly coats the kale. Let sit to allow dressing to soften the kale.
  • When ready to serve, toss in cheddar cheese, raisins, and pine nuts. 


*To toast, heat pine nuts in a small pan over low heat, stirring regularly until they smell toasty and start to turn golden in spots. Watch them carefully – they burn quick!


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 783mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13460IU | Vitamin C: 161.7mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 2.8mg