Orchard Kale Salad

with apple, pear and cheddar & honey-mustard vinaigrette

A hearty, autumnal kale salad with apple, pear, mature cheddar, dried cranberries and walnuts, tossed in a light honey-mustard vinaigrette. Because kale is so sturdy, it stands up well to being pre-dressed; in fact, it benefits from it, which makes this salad great for meal prepping. It’s also a great dish to serve as part of your Thanksgiving/Christmas spread; it can be made in advance, allowing you to focus on other dishes.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian, Salads, Sides


For the honey-mustard dressing:
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  •  tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
For the salad:
  • 200 g chopped kale
  • ½ apple (pink lady or gala), sliced or chopped into 1 cm cubes
  • ½ pear, sliced or chopped into 1 cm cubes
  • 40 g mature cheddar, chopped into ½ to 1 cm cubes
  • 10 g dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 30 g walnuts, roughly chopped


  1. Make the dressing: whisk the Dijon mustard, honey, white wine vinegar, sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper until well combined. Add the extra-virgin olive oil and whisk until emulsified. Set aside.
  2. Wash and drain the kale. If you have a salad spinner, use it; if not, drain well then pat dry with kitchen towel.
  3. Toss the drained kale with 3 tablespoons of the honey mustard dressing in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 6 hours: the acid in the dressing will break down and soften the kale; no need to massage it. If you want to serve the salad immediately, massage the dressing into the kale until it just starts to wilt, around 1 minute. Be sure not to over-massage it; the only thing worse than tough kale is mushy, watery kale.
  4. Assemble the salad: add the apple, pear, cheddar, dried cranberries and walnuts and gently toss to combine. Divide between bowls and serve.

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