Kale salad with oil-free balsamic vinaigrette is a hearty and delicious side dish.  The oil-free balsamic vinaigrette is massaged into kale to make it tender and is the perfect addition to any meal.

Kale Salad with Oil Free Balsamic Vinaigrette [Vegan]

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  • 1 recipe oil-free balsamic vinaigrette or 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 bunch kale stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 head purple cabbage cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil minced
  • 2 granny smith apples cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup pecans toasted


  1. In a large bowl, toss 2 tablespoons of the dressing and a pinch of salt with the kale and, with clean or gloved hands, gently massage the kale for 4-5 minutes until wilted and reduced in size.
  2. Add the cabbage and herbs and toss to combine.  Top with apples and pecans.  Serve the remainder of the dressing on the side.  Enjoy!

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