Kale Salad with Maple-Balsamic Dressing

By America’s Test Kitchen | November 9th, 2022

Naturally sweet and healthy

If you’re getting ready for the holidays or just hankering for a tasty way to eat healthy, this slightly sweet kale salad satisfies.

If you overindulged at Halloween, you’re getting ready for the holidays, or you’re just hankering for a tasty way to eat healthy, this slightly sweet kale salad is the perfect detox (or pretox?!).

This kale salad is easily customizable, so you can dress up it with anything you like! Try using a pear instead of the apple or chopped pecans, walnuts, or pistachios instead of the almonds. You can also add a sprinkle of crumbled cheese, dried fruit (such as cherries, cranberries, or chopped apricots), sunflower seeds, or pepitas.

Kale Salad with Maple-Balsamic Dressing

Serves 4


  • 8 ounces curly kale
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard or mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  1. TEAR: Tear kale leaves from stems and discard stems. Tear kale into small bite-size pieces.
  2. MASSAGE: Place kale pieces in a bowl. Squeeze and massage kale until leaves soften and turn dark green, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. SHAKE: In a small jar, combine oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, and salt. Cover jar tightly with lid and shake until mixture is well combined, about 30 seconds.
  4. DRESS: Add apple, almonds, and dressing to bowl with kale. Use tongs to toss the kale salad until the leaves are well coated with dressing.

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