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Kale & Spinach Paleo Salad with Apples, Cranberries and Lemon Vinaigrette


Do we have any kale lovers out there? If you’re all raising your hands right now, I’m in big trouble…

I know the health benefits of getting some kale in your paleo diet, but I have to confess it’s never been anywhere close to my favorite green. Believe me, I’ve wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t get past the green’s bitter taste.

Well if there are a few of you out there like me, I think I’ve found a very easy and tasty solution. And if you already love kale, I know you’re really going to like this paleo salad recipe! 

I mixed spinach (love the Popeye greens!) with the kale, and then added a really nice lemon vinaigrette. And for good measure, I added some fresh fruit and carrots to this super-nutritious salad.

And…I loved it. Yes I could still taste a little bitterness from the kale, but with all the other wonderful flavors going on, that didn’t bother me at all.

Quick Kale Facts

  1. One cup of chopped kale contains more vitamin C than a medium-size orange
  2. A good source of healthy fats (alpha-linolenic acid)
  3. More vitamin A than any other leafy greens
  4. More calcium (gram for gram) than milk
  5. Super rich in antioxidants (especially vitamin K) and phytonutrients
  6. Too harsh of a flavor for you? Look for baby kale – it’s less bitter and more tender

To get some healthy protein in this dish too, I added a roasted and sliced chicken breast and drizzled a bit of the vinaigrette over it too for an awesome lemony chicken.

This salad was so good! I had it for dinner last night and again for lunch today. Believe it or not, kale might just turn out to be my new best friend. 🙂

This paleo recipe will serve about 2-3 people, but it may be one you’ll want to double up on so you’ll have enough salad to enjoy the next day too!

Try it paleo peeps!

Tip: If you’re making this kale and spinach paleo salad ahead of time, sprinkle a little lemon juice over the apple chucks to help keep them from turning brown.

Kale & Spinach Paleo Salad with Apples, Cranberries and Lemon Vinaigrette

Kale & Spinach Paleo Salad with Apples, Cranberries and Lemon Vinaigrette


    Lemon Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbs avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Salad Ingredients
  • 2 cups of fresh organic kale
  • 2 cups fresh organic spinach
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried organic cranberries
  • (Optional) Roasted chicken or any leftover chicken
  • Yield
  • 2-3 Servings


  1. Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl and whisk
  2. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss
  3. Add chicken if desired
  4. Drizzle all with lemon vinaigrette

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