Kale Apple Salad with Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

This salad makes a great side dish or can hold its own as a main entrée if topped with your favorite protein such as grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp or tofu. Loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, calcium and vitamin K, this well-balanced salad is as nutritious as it is colorful. The chia seeds and walnuts pack an added dose of heart-healthy/anti-inflammatory omega-3’s. Makes: 4 small or 2 large salads.

Ingredients

3 cups baby kale leaves, torn into bite-size pieces
4 cups baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup black or golden raisins
1 large green apple, sliced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola or blue cheese
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions

In a large bowl, combine kale, spinach, raisins, apples, walnuts, seeds and cheese. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine vinegar, lemon juice, zest, mustard, honey and olive oil. Pour dressing over salad, season with ground pepper, and toss well to combine.

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