Apple Kale Salad with Tahini Maple Dressing

I love a good hearty salad in the Fall.  Especially one involving kale, a more sturdy green packed with nutrients.  The recipe I am sharing with you today is so simple to make but so good and good for you!  It combines the kale with apples, which are at their peak of season right now locally, and toasted pumpkin seeds for a little bit of protein and crunch. I toss it all in an oil free tahini lemon maple dressing and it is wonderful!  This is perfect for making ahead of time to include in your lunches!

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



  1. Combine the kale, apples, pumpkin seeds, and onions in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth, adding a little more water if it seems too thick.
  3. Pour the dressing over the kale, and toss together and mix in with your hands until everything is coated.
  4. Serve!

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Recipe Type

  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Heart Healthy
  • Paleo
  • Salad
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Entree

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Easy