kale and apple salad with lemon ginger dressing (10 minute meal)

Kale, kale, kale! I probably do not need to tell you about the many health benefits of kale, but I will anyway. Calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and K are all soldiers in the fight against heart disease, high cholesterol and cancer. There are so many ways to enjoy kale but this recipe helps compliment the stronger taste of this leafy vegetable. The ingredients in this fresh, crisp salad also support healthy digestion with ginger, apple and lemon. This can serve as basically any meal throughout the day and clearly qualifies as a superfood! It also qualifies as a fun and simple recipe when you play Refrigerator Roulette! #freshfood

Healthy, fresh kale salad with apple, lemon and ginger

Serves: 4

Prep & Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

 Fresh From the Market:

  • 3 c. Kale
  • 1 c. Apple (Chopped) 
  • 1/2 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Zest
  • 1/4 tsp. Fresh Ginger (Grated) 
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Parsley
  • 1/4 c. Crumbled Goat Cheese (Optional) 

From the Pantry:

  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

From the Spice Rack: 

  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Kitchen Gadgets: 

  • Fine Cheese Grater
  • Citrus Press or Juicer

Apple Lemon Ginger Parsley Dressing with Olive Oil

Cooking Instructions: 

  • Rinse all of the ingredients with water and a vegetable wash
  • Slice and cube 3 to 4 small apples to equal 1 cup. I prefer small cubes, as I mix the apple in with the dressing but thinly sliced pieces work, as well.  I also like to keep the skin on to maintain the nutrients and fiber, but peeled apple can be substituted for the same great flavor!
  • While you are at the cutting board, finely chop the parsley and set 1 tbsp. to the side. 
  • Zest the lemon with the fine side of the cheese grater. Once you zest 1 tsp., slice and juice half the lemon with a citrus press and measure 1/2 tbsp.
  • Toss the cubed apple, lemon zest and ginger in a separate, small mixing bowl. Then cover with the olive oil and lemon juice. As you mix this together, add the cinnamon and sea salt to make your fruity, salad dressing.
  • Coat the kale and you have yourself a delicious and fresh salad. Goat cheese is optional, if you can eat dairy (it adds an extra sweetness and tang, as well as a creamy texture against the crunchiness). 

Kale Apple Lemon Ginger Salad (Goat Cheese Optional) 

If you have leftover ingredients, check out these recipes!

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For lemon, lets be real...I use lemon in almost every recipe. Head back to the blog page to find tons of recipes where you can use up your leftover lemons!