Kale, Quinoa & Apple Salad

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.

Kale, Quinoa & Apple Salad
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large bunch curly kale, stemmed and thinly sliced (about 8 cups)

  • 2 medium Honeycrisp or Gala apples, unpeeled, roughly chopped

  • 1 medium fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced (3 cups)

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature or chilled

  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)

  • cup dried cherries

  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese


  1. 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 (per serving)

499 Calories
27g Fat
54g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 499
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 23g
Added Sugars 3g 6%
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Vitamin A 4296IU 86%
Vitamin C 50mg 56%
Vitamin D 3IU 1%
Vitamin E 7mg 45%
Folate 114mcg 29%
Vitamin K 265mcg 221%
Sodium 504mg 22%
Calcium 216mg 17%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 130mg 31%
Potassium 809mg 17%
Zinc 2mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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