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Kale Waldorf Salad [Vegan]

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It's kale month at One Green Planet!! That makes April one of the most exciting months of the year. Honestly, every month is kale month for me I love kale so much. It's always in the fridge and makes it on my plate practically every day. Sometimes my collards and broccoli get jealous so I change up my greens, but I eat them at every meal when possible. Kale has a wealth of health benefits, so why not eat it every day?

I saw a kale waldorf salad on the Whole Foods website and thought to myself that sure sounds good. My recipe is more traditional using vegan mayo as the dressing for a richer, familiar flavor. The trick to making the most perfect raw kale salad is to massage the greens with something acidic and salty. This starts to break down the cellulose walls of the kale, making it less bitter and more tender.

After your kale is massage toss in all the salad ingredients. I went the traditional route and added grapes, apples, celery, and toasted walnuts. Please pan-toast your walnuts, it really adds a flavor punch to the salad. But if you are allergic to nuts you could toast sunflower seeds instead.

Kale Waldorf Salad [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan




  • 3 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Dash sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 bunch kale, washed and leaves removed from stem
  • 1 cup red grapes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup chopped apple
  • 2 celery stalks, cut on diagonal
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, pan-toasted


  1. Whisk together the vegan mayo, mustard, lime juice, salt and pepper.
  2. Chop or use your hands to tear kale into small pieces.
  3. Pour dressing over the kale and massage for about 5 minutes.
  4. Toss the rest of ingredients with the kale and let sit for 15 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
  5. Season more with salt and pepper as needed.


Salad ingredients tend to fall to the bottom of the bowl, so when serving be sure to grab the fruit and nuts from underneath the kale. Salad will be better the next day and will last up to 5 days in the fridge.

Since the size of a bunch of kale varies from store to store and season to season, you may need more dressing. After massaging the kale, taste a piece to determine if you want to add more.





Christy Morgan has been tantalizing taste buds for years as a vegan chef, cooking instructor, food writer, and cookbook author. Her mission is to show that a whole foods vegan diet can be delicious, easy and will bring more energy and bliss into your life! Christy became obsessed with fitness post-30 and is now a NASM certified personal trainer and yoga teacher spreading the message that you can be strong & thrive on a plant-based diet. She is the author of Blissful Bites: Plant-based Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet and the founder and creator of Blissed Out Retreats. She can show you how to reach all your health and fitness goals to reach optimal health!



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2 comments on “Kale Waldorf Salad [Vegan]”

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1 Years Ago

Soooo delicious and sweet! I Since this is so quick and easy to make I featured this recipe today on my FB site "Super Quick Plant-Based Recipes" https://www.facebook.com/SuperQuickPBRecipes/ where I share daily links to recipes that only take 20 minutes or less to prepare and use as few ingredients as possible. I think my group will love this and your site! Thank you!

Michelle Frasier
3 Years Ago

Enjoyed the salad will make it again


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