Apple & Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

by | Sep 9, 2019 | Dips & Sauces, Salads

This Apple & Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing is the perfect mix of creamy, tangy, and filling. Plus it’s loaded with minerals like calcium and magnesium!

kale salad with apple and cranberry

Kale is one of my favourite bases for a salad. It’s loaded with vital nutrients, of course (like magnesium), but it’s heartiness makes it perfect for meal prepping as it can handle marinating in a dressing for a couple days.

I originally had the idea to make a dairy-free Caesar salad, but then I started getting excited about the addition of apples, avocado, and cranberries. So this recipe ended up being more of a jazzed up Caesar. The tangy and calcium-rich Lemon Tahini dressing pairs wonderfully with all the flavours and textures, but, there’s no parmesan cheese. Although, feel free to add some if you’d like to!

I think my take on a classic Caesar salad (meaning dairy-free) will have to make its way to my blog very soon though.

kale salad with apple and cranberry

How to Make Apple & Kale Salad

  1. Prep kale by removing the leaves from the tough stems. Chop and add to bowl.
  2. Dice up avocado and apple and add to bowl with dried cranberries and hemp seeds. Toss.
  3. Whisk dressing ingredients in small bowl until very smooth.
  4. Pour dressing onto salad and toss until evenly coated.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Apple & Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

A creamy, tangy kale salad with apples, cranberries, and avocado.

Course Salad
Cuisine Dairy-free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Meghan


For the salad

  • 6 large kale leaves (about 1/2 bunch), stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 small apple (gala, honey crisp, etc.), diced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts (shelled seeds)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

For the dressing

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp old-fashioned grainy or Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • dash salt & pepper


  1. Begin by prepping your kale by removing the leaves from the tough stems (hold the stems and pull the leaves off downwards). Roughly pull apart or chop kale leaves and add to large bowl.

  2. Dice up avocado and apple and add to bowl with dried cranberries and hemp seeds. Toss and set aside.

  3. In separate small bowl, add all dressing ingredients and whisk together well until very smooth. Pour onto salad and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately and store extras in fridge for up to 3 days.

Looking for some more kale salads? Check these out:

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  1. Suzanne

    Hi Meghan, any good ideas to replace the apple with? I am allergic to raw apple (and peach), but this salad still looks delicious. I am from the Netherlands and we usually only eat kale as kale stew (kale – potatoes – bacon). It is one of our national dishes and absolutely yummy đŸ™‚ Thanks, Suzanne

    • Meghan

      Hey Suzanne, are you allergic to pear? Pear would work really well! And that kale stew sounds absolutely delicious. I’ll have to make that recipe sometime!

      • Suzanne

        Hi Meghan, thanks! I am not allergic to pear and I will try this. Pears are in season now as well đŸ™‚

  2. Lee Saint Jean

    thank you for allllllll that you do. greatly appreciated!


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Hi, I’m Meghan. I’m a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, blogger, and YouTuber with a passion for healthy, simple living. I’m here to inspire you to listen to your body, eat mindfully and wholesomely, and create a fulfilling life that’s completely unique to you.