This kale, quinoa and apple salad is perfect for fall. Fresh apples bring crisp autumn flavor, and the kale breaks down when it's massaged with the dressing. Nuts, fennel and quinoa add more layers of texture, while blue cheese lends a savory note., October 2022


Credit: Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk vinegar, maple syrup, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking until combined. Add kale and massage into the dressing with clean hands until well coated and slightly tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add apples, fennel and quinoa; toss until combined. Divide among 4 plates and top with almonds, cherries and blue cheese.



For the best flavor, toast nuts before using in a recipe. To toast sliced nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

2 1/2 cups
499 calories; protein 13g; carbohydrates 54g; dietary fiber 10g; sugars 23g; added sugar 3g; fat 27g; saturated fat 5g; mono fat 17g; poly fat 4g; cholesterol 11mg; vitamin a iu 4296IU; vitamin b3 niacin 2mg; vitamin c 50mg; vitamin d iu 3IU; vitamin e iu 10IU; folate 114mg; vitamin k 265mg; sodium 504mg; calcium 216mg; chromium 1mcg; iron 3mg; magnesium 130mg; phosphorus 330mg; potassium 809mg; zinc 2mg; omega 6 fatty acid 4g; niacin equivalents 4mg; selenium 6mcg.