GF Kale Salad with Apple Cider Dressing

GF Kale Salad with Apple Cider Dressing

5 from 2 reviews

My GF Kale Salad with Apple Cider Dressing is topped with roasted butternut squash and fresh apples and finished with a sweet and tangy dressing. This kale salad is the perfect Fall side dish. Did I mention that its a simple, easy kale salad that you can whip up in about 15 minutes.



  • 8 Ounces Kale
  • 22 Ounces Butternut Squash
  • 2 medium sized Macoun Apples or Honey Crisp

Home-made apple cider dressing

  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil plus 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tsp Honey
  • 2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Toss the cubed butternut squash with olive oil and salt and pepper. You can also add fresh thyme.
  • Roast the butternut squash in the oven for about 25-30 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool for about 20 minutes. You can always roast the butternut squash a head of time or the day before.
  • Place kale in a medium sized mixing bowl. If you buy the stalks, make sure you prep the kale like this. Remove the stems from kale and break into bite-sized pieces. You can chop the kale if you like. It is important to have the kale be bite sized pieces.
  • Transfer to a salad spinner and wash well.
  • Drain the water and let the kale dry thoroughly. You can always buy pre-washed and pre-cut kale which saves a lot of time.
  • Peel and thinly slice two apples and set aside. Squeeze lemon juice over the apples to make sure the apples do not brown. If you prefer, you can leave the skin on the apples.
  • Add the apples and the roasted butternut squash.
  • Toss the salad with the warm dressing. Use just enough to coat the greens. There will be a little left over to drizzle over the top.
  • Assemble your plate and enjoy.


  • Make sure the dressing is warm when adding. Keep on the stove top on low heat until ready to use.
  • If you cannot find Macoun apples you can use your favorite apple for this recipe.

Keywords: GF Kale Salad with Apple Cider Dressing, Gluten-Free, Salads, Fall and Winter Salads, Apple, Butternut Squash, Apple Cider Dressing