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Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Easy, Healthy, Lunch, Salads | 4 comments

Kale Waldorf Salad

Kale Waldorf Salad

Hi there!  I’ve been in New Orleans for Mardi Gras for the last week and I’ve eaten so much food it’s almost hard for me to talk about food today.  Since my husband is from new Orleans and rides in a huge super parade called Endymion, we come every year.  It’s really not what most people think it is.  Mardi Gras is all about family and kids especially.

I normally eat fairly healthy but during Mardi Gras all that goes out the window.  I’ve had funnel cakes and pizza and chicken on a stick and polish sausage all from food trucks on the parade routes.  I absolutely love it.  But, I’m ready for some clean, light foods so I thought I’d share a salad I love, Kale Waldorf Salad.  It’s also really simple and if you wanted a heartier meal you could easily add grilled chicken.

Kale Waldorf Salad by My Invisible Crown

To make it as healthy as possible I changed out some of the traditional ingredients.  The first and most obvious is the kale.  Normally butter, romaine or iceberg lettuces are used but the healthy quality of the kale was my first choice.  The second substitution I made was mostly Greek yogurt instead of mayo.  That one is pretty obvious as to why as well.  I really like fruit in my green salads like this Spinach and Strawberry Salad, so I used grapes in place of the traditional raisins. I love candied walnuts so I used those in place of toasted walnuts.

A couple of other salads I’ve added fruit to are my Shaved Apple Bibb Salad with Buttermilk Tarragon Dressing and this Toasted Coconut Carrot and Shaved Apple Salad.  Told you I really like fruit with my salad!

Waldorf Kale Salad

Kale Waldorf Salad


  • 4 large handfuls of kale, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 apples of choice, cored and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1/2 cup candied walnuts


  1. Arrange a handful of the torn kale on each of four plates.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, mayo, honey, zest and juice from half a lemon and black pepper. Taste and adjust if needed.
  3. Add apples, celery and grapes and toss.
  4. Divide between 4 plates and place on top of kale.
  5. Sprinkle with candied walnuts.

What’s your go-to dish when you feel like you’ve overindulged and need something light?



  1. Sounds good. In the summer we eat a Waldorf chicken salad about once every two weeks. The Greek yogurt substitution sounds good. We might have to try that next time. Glad you had a good time in NO.
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    • We did have a great time at the parades this year but they were long days and I am bruised. Those beads HURT even when they pitch them to you! I love any kind of chicken salad but Waldorf is one of my favorites.

  2. I love salads. I mean LOVE salads and I always make really boring ones at home, but this looks great!! Love your strawberry spinach salad as well!! I THINK I could convince my non veggie eater to eat this!! Btw, my non veggie eater is my 38 yr old not my 4 yr old!!! My mini me will tear it up!

    • Kale gets such a bad rap but Waldorf salads are so good, how could anyone resist?


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