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Overhead shot of Holiday Kale Salad in a glass bowl.

Holiday Kale Salad with Maple-Balsamic Dressing

  • Author: Andrea
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: Holiday
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A simple, yet flavorful salad made with baby kale, Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, red onion and a delectable maple-balsamic dressing. A fantastic salad that caters to many dietary restrictions, including gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian, vegan, Paleo and AIP diets.


Units Scale

For the Holiday Kale Salad

  • 5 oz baby kale
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (check ingredients for AIP compliance)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion

For the Maple-Balsamic Dressing


Wash and prep your ingredients. Add all salad ingredients to a large salad bowl.

Add dressing ingredients to a small mason jar or dressing bottle and shake well to combine. Drizzle over salad ingredients and toss to coat. Serve fresh.


For variation ideas, see blog post.

All nutrition information is an estimate, only, using an online nutrition calculator.


  • Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe
  • Calories: 114
  • Fat: 7.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 1.1g

Keywords: holiday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, salad, kale, baby kale