Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios (VIDEO)

Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios will perk up your tastebuds and it’s a nice alternative to rich holiday food. This salad is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, and it’s delightfully crunchy and loaded with flavor. Use Salad Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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When there’s a big buffet of holiday foods, I’ll always try to head for the salads first, and I’m always hoping there will be a delicious salad to help keep me away from at least some of the sweets and rich holiday foods. And this Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios would be a good candidate for healthy salad duty at your next holiday party.

When Kara and I set out to create a new holiday salad, we got the inspiration to combine cabbage, apple, and kale from Cabbage and Apple Salad in Bon Appetit. But our salad definitely took off in a different direction with a sweeter dressing and the addition of dried cranberries and pistachios.

And really the possibilities are endless for this salad with cabbage, apples, and kale; this could even be a main meal salad with chunks of an interesting cheese like Manchego or Swiss. Use your favorite winter fruit and nut combination and I promise this salad will be a hit!


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How to Make Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)

  1. Peel and chop the apples and toss with 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  2. Shred cabbage into short thin strips. We used a Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link).
  3. Pull stems off the baby kale if desired and wash in the salad spinner (affiliate link) if needed.
  4. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
  5. Put cabbage in a large bowl and toss with the dressing;.
  6. Then add the apples and kale and toss again.
  7. Add most of the dried cranberries and pistachios and toss once more.
  8. Serve right away, sprinkling with the reserved dried cranberries and pistachios.
Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios

Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios taste great when you're tired of rich holiday food.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 head cabbage, thinly sliced and then chopped into short strips
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 5 oz. baby kale, stems removed and washed if needed (use less kale if you're not a fan)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachos

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T white balsamic vinegar (or use rice vinegar or another mild white vinegar if you don't have white balsamic)
  • 1 T lemon juice (see notes)
  • 4 tsp. sweetener of your choice (see notes)
  •  pinch of salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds or poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Peel the apple and cut away the core. I used an Apple Corer and Slicer (affiliate link) for this. Cut the apple into slices lengthwise; then chop the slices into chunks.
  2. Slice the cabbage into thin slices, then chop to make short strips. We used a Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link) to cut the cabbage.
  3. Pull off stems from the baby kale (or not; your choice) and wash kale in salad spinner (affiliate link) if it needs it.
  4. Whisk together the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, sweetener, salt, pepper, and black sesame seeds (or poppy seeds) to make the dressing.
  5. Put the sliced and chopped cabbage in a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Add the chopped apples and baby kale and toss again.
  6. Then add most of the dried cranberries and pistachios and toss again.
  7. Put the salad into a serving bowl and top with the reserved dried cranberries and pistachios. Serve right away.
  8. I think there are endless variations of dried fruit and nuts that would be good in this salad; have fun experimenting!

Notes

You can buy white balsamic vinegar (affiliate link) at Amazon.com. I originally made this salad with agave nectar, but now I'd use Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link).

I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe.

This recipe was inspired by Cabbage and Apple Salad in Bon Appetit Magazine.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Even though this Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad has a lot of healthy cabbage, apples, and kale, there is sugar in the apples and the and dried cranberries, so if you’re following the South Beach Diet this salad would probably be limited to phase 3 or as an occasional treat for phase 2. It’s also not suitable for most low-carb diets (except maybe as a treat at Christmas) but if you wanted a salad with less carbs, you could omit the dried cranberries.

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