Kale, apple, cheddar salad
The Perfect

Autumn Salad

Perfect as a side or on its own. This kale, apple and cheddar salad with apple cider maple Dijon vinaigrette is the perfect autumn dish.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 cups very finely chopped curly leaf kale
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine the kale, apple, red onion, cheddar, and almonds.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad 30 minutes before ready to serve.
Lisa Markley, MS, RDN, LD

About the Recipe Author

Lisa Markley, MS, RDN, LD, is an integrative dietitian culinary nutrition expert with nearly two decades of experience working towards improving the health of others. She is passionate about educating others how to harness the healing power of food and healthful lifestyle changes.