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Chopped Kale, Chicken and Apple Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
We can't get enough of this salad. It's healthy, fresh and super delicious with chopped kale, chicken, apples, red grapes and toasted maple pecans. It's all tied together with a fresh apple and poppyseed dressing.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chopped Kale, Chicken and Apple Salad
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 336 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
Ingredients
  • For the raisins:
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • For the pecans:
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the dressing:
  • 3 cups apple juice look for juice that is 100% apple juice, no sugar or other ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil
  • cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the salad:
  • 6 ounces kale leaves tough inner stems removed and chopped fairly small.
  • 3 cups cooked diced chicken breast, I use rotisserie chicken to make things easy
  • 6 ounces red grapes halved and then quartered
  • 1 medium red skinned apple diced
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils seeds
Instructions
  1. Place golden raisins in a small, microwave safe glass bowl or jar. Add 1 teaspoon of water or apple juice. Cover container with plastic wrap and place in microwave. Cook on high power for 30 seconds. Set aside to cool. (This will plump and soften the raisins.)
  2. For the dressing, bring the 3 cups of apple juice to a boil in a wide, medium size pan (the wider the pan, the less time the juice will take to boil down. Reduce to a steady, strong simmer and cook for about 25-30 minutes, until juice is reduced to ½ cup. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. Combine reduced apple juice, shallots, vinegar and salt in a blender container. Blend on high speed for 1 minute. Pour into a glass jar or other container. Slowly add oil, in a thin, steady stream while stirring vigorously with a fork or small whisk. Continue stirring till oil is completely incorporated. Add yogurt and stir till blended. Finally add poppy seeds and pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. For the pecans, heat a small, non-stick sauté pan over medium heat. Add oil and maple syrup and stir. Add pecans and and salt. Cook, stirring continuously for 3-4 minutes or until nuts begin to turn golden brown. Turn out onto a plate to cool.
  5. Add chopped kale to a large bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the dressing over the kale and massage kale with your fingers for 1minute or until kale softens and begins to deepen in color. (This makes the kale more tender and less bitter).
  6. Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl. Drizzle another 2-3 tablespoons of the dressing over the salad and toss with tongs for 2 large forks till dressing is evenly distributed. Serve in large, shallow bowls topped with a scatter of the maple pecans. Pass extra dressing at the table.
Nutrition Facts
Chopped Kale, Chicken and Apple Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 413mg18%
Potassium 563mg16%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 2865IU57%
Vitamin C 41.2mg50%
Calcium 106mg11%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.