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Addictive Massaged Kale Salad

Kale, pecans, apples, blue cheese, and dried cranberries all massaged in a zesty apple cider vinaigretteĀ 

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade vinaigrette dressing, massaged kale salad, salad with apple cider dressing, seasonal winter salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16 servings



  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar I use the kind with the mother
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • 2 bunches kale washed and chopped
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 2 pears chopped


  1. Mix dressing ingredients until uniform then pour over top of kale. Using your hands, toss and squeeze kale to ensure it is well coated with dressing then cover and let sit for at least one hour. Be aware that the dressing will draw out liquid from the kale.
  2. Mix in remaining salad ingredients and serve. Store any uneaten salad in the fridge for up to 3 days.