Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Kale and Apple Salad, with Cranberries, Walnuts and Goats cheese

I have a little veggie garden growing in my backyard which is a first for me. After living in apartments for the past few years, I leaped at the opportunity to test out my green thumb after moving into my new house. At first I was really nervous, was I planting the seeds right? Did they have enough sun, too little sun, enough water, too little water, why are they growing like that, what have I done wrong?!

After speaking with many gardeners I was assured that growing plants, just like cooking, comes down to trial and error. With this information I relaxed and from then on have really enjoyed being a gardener. It's no longer a big deal that my coriander went to seed or my cucumber leaves are looking a little yellow, those might of been a fail but I do have a thriving kale plant and some cute little radishes which are ready to eat!

When last Friday came and I knew it was time to taste the outcome of all my gardening efforts. The outer kale leaves were harvested and radishes were plucked. With these I made a simple kale salad using other ingredients I had on hand at the time. The first mouthful was a nervous one... but as soon as I had taken my first bite I relaxed. My kale tasted like kale !! I had not through bad gardening turned it into a mutant variety, which tasted like potatoes or soap (yes these things all crossed my mind). The vegetables tasted like they should and my confidence in gardening grew a little bit more.

This salad all came together really well. It was sweet and juicy with an array of textures which kept every mouthful exciting. Even if your not growing your own kale you should still try this!

Kale and Apple Salad, with Cranberries, Walnuts and Goats cheese
Serves 2


3 cups kale, washed and dried
1/2 green apple, diced finely
2 baby radishes or one large one, thinly sliced
1/3 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
60 grams chèvre goats cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper to season
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp salt


1. Place the washed kale in a bowl. Massage and scrunch it with your hands for about 30 seconds, until the kale becomes deeper green in colour

2. Add the apple, radishes, crasins and walnuts to the bowl, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

3. In a separate bowl/cup/jar, add the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey and salt. Whisk until combined.

4. When ready to eat, drizzle the dressing over the salad, tossing the salad once or twice, and then top with the crumbled goats cheese. Enjoy!


  1. This looks like a great spring salad. I love kale and the goat cheese is such a great addition. Need to try :)

    1. Thanx :) The goats cheese went very well with it, hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  2. Hi Brooke,this salad looks amazing, too! So colorful, wholesome and fresh.

    1. Thank you :) The colours were amazing which made it even more enjoyable to eat!

  3. Growing your own vegetables must be so cool and rewarding! Now I wish I had a garden myself...

    1. It is very rewarding! And the freshness of the food is on a whole new level!

  4. A very colourful and delicious spring salad!

    1. Thank you :) Shame it's autumn is Australia but I hope you are enjoying your spring!

  5. That salad looks so beautiful and refreshing Brooke! I love all the ingredients that you used :)

    1. Thank you :) All the ingredients went very well together and balenced each other perfectly!

  6. Congrats on your kale harvest! I've only grown herbs inside my small apartment and it's always satisfying seeing them grow, so I can only imagine the satisfaction that comes from harvesting your own vegetables. And what a beautiful salad you made with the kale!

    1. Thank you :) It is very satisfying!

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    1. thanx :) It did not last very long that's for sure ;)

  8. Looks delicious Brooke - I haven't actually tried growing or eating Kale as yet , but it seems to be quite the 'IN' vegetable at the moment. Your salad looks really hearty - thanks for sharing

    1. Thanx Ingrid! Yes Kale has been popping up everywhere! It took me a while to get used to but now I love it!

  9. This looks delicious! My mom grows kale, and I always make sure to take some every time I visit :)
    I absolutely adore goat cheese & walnuts, and I bet it's amazing with kale! I'll be sure to try it next time I get a fresh batch of kale

    1. Thank you! Goats cheese and walnuts are amazing with anything ;)

  10. I can't wait to have my own garden someday! So far, I've only grown herbs inside, and I always manage to kill them, haha! I love salads like this - it looks fantastic. I never think to get radishes, but perhaps I ought to give them another try.

    1. The radishes add a subtle taste but an amazing crunch! Do try!

  11. Looks great, I've only just planted my Kale so I'm going to have to wait a while to make this one - hope I have as much luck growing as you did.

  12. This is the kind of salad that could make a kale-lover out of anyone. With all those vibrant colors, textures, and of course delicious flavors, what's not to love?

  13. Yum! I JUST made a similar salad last week that I'm going to blog about soon - I am now in love with kale salads. This one looks equally delicious! Will definitely have to try it soon.

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