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Kale and Red Cabbage Salad with Apples and Dried Cherries


This beautiful salad will make an elegant and nutrient-dense addition to any table. Kale is massaged with avocado and lemon juice to tenderize it, then tossed with thinly sliced red cabbage, chopped apples and dried cherries.

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1 bunch kale, tough stems and center ribs removed
1 avocado, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
1 large apple, cored and chopped
2 tablespoons chopped unsweetened, unsulfured dried cherries, blueberries or currants (see note)
1/2 medium red onion, minced
2 tablespoons chives, chopped


Roll up each kale leaf and slice thinly. Add to bowl along with avocado, lemon juice and vinegar. Using your hands, massage the avocado, lemon juice and vinegar into the kale leaves until the kale starts to soften and wilt and each leaf is coated, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Mix in red cabbage, apple, dried cherries, onion and chives.

Note: If you have problems finding unsweetened, unsulfured cherries or blueberries, they can be ordered on-line from a number of sources.

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 2

Per Serving:

Calories 317
Protein 8 g
Carbohydrates 53 g
Sugars 16 g
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 92 mg
Fiber 12.4 g
Beta-Carotene 15840 ug
Vitamin C 244 mg
Calcium 270 mg
Iron 3.9 mg
Folate 130 ug
Magnesium 94 mg
Potassium 1372 mg
Zinc 1.4 mg
Selenium 2.2 ug

My Rating: 
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01/02/2014 08:01 PM

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Very good! Does anybody no how long this will keep after made?


01/07/2014 08:41 PM

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Love, love, love this! One of my favorites and so easy to make!


02/05/2014 09:33 PM

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My new favorite salad! And I find that it will keep for 2 days, but no more


02/06/2014 11:20 PM

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I brought this to a holiday party and everybody raved about it. It not only tastes good it's beautiful!


02/06/2014 11:22 PM

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I brought this to a holiday party and everybody raved about it. It not only tastes good it's beautiful!


06/02/2014 04:10 PM

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Made for lunch, excellent


12/02/2014 05:08 PM

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Sounds delightful - are you literally breaking up/mashing the avocado in the process or should/does some remain? Thx!

terre replies:

02/19/2019 02:59 PM

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I have this question too.

StefaniMonet replies:

07/11/2019 08:05 PM

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I personally massage until the avocado is fully mashed and love it. I suppose it’s up to you though. 


12/03/2014 09:52 AM

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I grate the apple, adds lots of flavor.. love love love this


12/16/2014 07:57 PM

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I was looking for the recipe for Brussels Sprout Leaves with Shallots and Dried Currants, and this is the recipe that popped up (several times). Any advice?

EllenGray replies:

11/25/2016 07:25 PM

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01/15/2015 08:47 PM

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Absolutely delicious! This is definitely a keeper!


11/01/2015 05:52 PM

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Delicious crunchy munchy goodness! My husband who was hesitant about eating kale, enjoyed a second helping. My 21 year old son devoured his serving and gave it a 4 star rating. I give it a 5 star after I added more lemon juice and balsamic to taste. The ripe avocado disappears as it is massaged into the kale. This softens the kale and disappears as if the salad was made with an oil type dressing. Very nice salad.


02/08/2017 09:42 AM

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Excellent! New favorite!


03/18/2017 04:28 PM

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Definitely one of my favorite salads! Used currants and had everything else called for. Delicious!


06/04/2017 04:26 AM

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In regards to the final statement found in this recipe:
"Note: If you have problems finding unsweetened, unsulfured cherries or blueberries, they can be ordered on-line from a number of sources."

Could you please include some of the sources / websites you've found these?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Especially if these sources are available in Australia!


09/26/2017 02:45 PM

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I thought there's no way we can eat all of this salad in one sitting, but we almost did!  It was delicious, and I had a small portion left over for lunch the next day.  The leftovers kept just fine.


05/24/2018 08:54 PM

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I was very surprised how much I liked this salad.  I have an aversion to kale.  In this, it tasted fine!  It had a burst of flavor and crunchy goodness.  Rating:  4 out of 5.


01/24/2019 05:15 PM

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This salad tastes as great as it looks. Made it with craisins instead of dried cherries.The taste is so good and really satisfying. We will be having this again as the different textures were wonderful. We also used baby kale instead of the older stuff. Think it would be great with a few toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds also. Just wanted to add that my site is not letting me rate this but it is definately a 5 star recipe!

This comment was last edited on 01/29/2019 12:42 PM


01/31/2019 09:11 PM

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 First time trying one of  the recipes I found this one to be easy very flavorful and feeling looking forward to trying to rest . ????

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03/05/2019 06:55 PM

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Good to the last bite!


07/16/2019 11:38 AM

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Like the other reviewers said, it WAS very amazing and delicious. Even non-ETL friends loved it. It’s definitely a keeper. I doubled the recipe but used only one large avocado, and it was sufficient (that’s all I had on hand)  



01/16/2021 04:28 PM

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Goes great with:


04/08/2021 01:19 PM

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Yummy salad! Somebody asked how long this salad will keep after it's made.  Unfortunately, I can't answer that question because it disappears as soon as it is served in our household!