kale salad with apples + walnuts

Happy New Year! I hope 2013 shapes up to be your best year yet – filled with health and happiness.

With the blank slate of a new year ahead of us, it’s a great time to reset your palette and bulk up on healthy, nutrient-dense food. I always make a point to ‘get more greens’ in January, and just stocked my fridge with kale, arugula and chard to have on hand for quick juices, smoothies, and salads. They’re naturally detoxifying and super energizing – which comes in handy on these gray, drab winter days.

I’m so looking forward to sharing tips, tricks, and simple recipes to feel your best in 2013 by teaching the Delicious Detox‘ series at Whole Foods beginning on January 15. If you’re too excited to wait, watch me on WCIU’s ‘You and Me This Morning‘ tomorrow (January 2) as I dish on the series and share some healthy tips to kickstart your healthy new year. Spoiler alert: This creamy kale salad will make an appearance…

Creamy Kale Salad with Apples + Toasted Walnuts


1 bunch kale
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ avocado
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 small apple, sliced
1/4 cup toasted walnuts


Remove stems from kale and finely chop; place in bowl. Add lemon, olive oil, avocado, and salt to kale. Use clean hands and ‘massage’ kale until bright green. Adjust seasonings to taste, and add in apple slices and crumble toasted walnuts on top.


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