Honeycrisp Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts & Dates

This delicious kale salad is seasoned with a simple vinaigrette dressing, topped with sweet honeycrisp apple, chopped dates, and candied walnuts. This is a great salad to pair with a autumn meal. Enjoy!

Preparation + Cook time=  20 minutes

Makes 6 servings

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of candied walnuts (recipe below)
  • vinaigrette dressing (recipe below)
  • 1 bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, chopped
  • 7 dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chopped red onion


Ingredients for the candied walnuts:

  • 1 cup of roughly chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp of maple syrup or honey
  • 1 Tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of salt

Instructions for the candied walnuts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.
  3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Put the walnut mixture on the baking tray.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes. Take the tray out of the oven and shake the walnuts around. Bake for another 5 minutes.
  5. Take the tray out of the oven and let the walnuts cool down for at least 20 minutes.


Ingredients for the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tsp of honey mustard
  • 1 Tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • dash of salt and pepper

Instructions for the dressing:

  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a jar.
  2. Set aside.


To prepare the salad:

  1. Put the chopped kale in a large salad bowl.
  2. Pour in the dressing and massage into the kale until it is evenly mixed in.
  3. Add the candied walnuts, apple, dates, and red onion. Toss. Serve up!

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