Kale Waldorf Salad

Best kale salad ever! A kale waldorf salad with apples, celery, walnuts, dried cranberries, and tangy mayo dressing

Kale Waldorf Salad
Elise Bauer

Come fall, one of our favorite things to make with the apples and walnuts from our trees is a Waldorf salad. Here's a fresh take on this American classic—a kale version.

In it we have subbed in kale for the lettuce, dried cranberries for the grapes, and hold everything together with a tangy mayo dressing.

Why kale?

Well, we all know that leafy greens are good for you. But the great thing about using kale in a salad is that you can make it in advance, even a day ahead.

A dressing that would quickly wilt into a saggy mess the sturdiest of lettuces, will have a tenderizing effect on kale, making the raw kale deliciously easy to eat.

The slight bitterness of the raw kale is balanced by the sweetness of the apples and cranberries. The mayonnaise dressing with Dijon and vinegar help brighten all of the flavors.

Kale Waldorf Salad

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings



  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons water

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smooth Dijon mustard

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar

  • Pinch salt

  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper


  • 2 large sweet red apples, cored, and chopped

  • 1 cup celery, sliced

  • 1 cup lightly toasted walnuts, roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries

  • 2 cups (packed) kale leaves, sliced (tough ribs removed before slicing)


  1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

  2. Place the apples, celery, walnuts, dried sweetened cranberries, and kale in a serving bowl.

  3. Add the dressing to the salad and gently toss to combine. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Kale Waldorf Salad
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
423 Calories
31g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 225mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 357mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.