The Adele Salad

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I thought I’d tried all the salads until I heard about this salad that is rumored to be Adele’s go-to lunch. Chopped kale, 🍎 apples, walnuts, and celery, combined with a 🍋 dressing that I could chug, make this salad a favorite for me. Not to mention you can definitely add or take away whatever your heart desires. Have some pomegranate arils lying around? Throw ’em in! Don’t like apples? Use pears instead! Trust me, you’re going to have this salad on repeat!

Why You’ll Love The Adele Salad

You’ll love the simplicity of this kale salad, combining crisp kale 🥬 leaves with diced apples or pears and toasted walnuts. Tossed in a light and tangy dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, and honey, each bite offers a perfect balance of sweetness, crunch, and freshness. Whether as a side or a standalone meal, this salad shines ☀️ with its vibrant flavors and nutritious ingredients.

How to Prepare The Adele Salad

🥬 Remove the stems from the kale using the loop on your tongs. Then wash and thoroughly dry the kale leaves with a salad spinner. Next, chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces. 

🍎 Finely dice the celery rib and apple.

🔥 Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until fragrant, being careful not to burn them. Once toasted, chop them roughly.

🥣 In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped kale (or lettuce), diced celery, diced apple or pear, and toasted walnuts.

🍋 In a separate small bowl or small mason jar, whisk or shake (with the lid on) the olive oil, lemon juice, honey (or agave), salt, and parsley to make the dressing. 

🌿 Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients in the large mixing bowl and toss the salad gently until all the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.

🥗 Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve and enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip 🥗

You can add chopped dates or goat cheese, any nuts/seeds you like, pomegranate seeds, or even pears instead of apples. This salad is great for anything your heart desires!

The Adele Salad

Variations and Substitutions for The Adele Salad

Feel free to mix and match these variations and substitutions to create your own unique and delicious version of The Adele Salad!

  1. Instead of kale, you can use other 🥬 leafy greens like spinach, arugula, romaine lettuce, or mixed greens.
  2. Experiment with different fruits such as sliced 🍓 strawberries, diced mango, grapes, or dried cranberries in place of apples or pears.
  3. Swap out walnuts for almonds, pecans, pine nuts, or sunflower seeds for a different flavor and texture.
  4. Add extra veggies such as shredded 🥕 carrots, thinly sliced red onion, bell peppers, or cucumber.
  5. Crumble some 🧀 cheese such as feta, goat, or blue over the salad for a creamy and tangy kick.
  6. Boost the protein content by adding grilled 🐔 chicken, sliced turkey, tofu, chickpeas, or quinoa to turn it into a more substantial meal.

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Common Questions

What if I don’t like apples?

You can certainly use a pear instead of an apple.

What else could I add to this Adele salad?

You can add chopped dates or goat cheese, any nuts/seeds you like, pomegranate seeds, or even pears instead of apples. This salad is great for anything your heart desires!

Can I add a protein to this salad?

Yes, you can certainly add protein to this salad; I enjoyed it with 2 poached eggs on top but feel free to add any protein you like, such as grilled chicken or even roasted chickpeas or tofu would be amazing for a plant-based version

What can I use if I don’t have fresh parsley for the dressing?

If you don’t have fresh parsley, you can use dried parsley flakes instead. Just adjust the amount to taste.

Is there a substitute for honey or agave in the dressing?

Yes, you can use maple syrup or a small amount of sugar as a substitute for honey or agave in the dressing.

what type of salt do you use?

I use Redmond Real Salt, please note that depending on the salt you use, your dish may be less or more salty. Salt is to taste so please always taste and adjust as you cook.

The Adele Salad

The Adele Salad

Chopped kale, 🍎 apples, walnuts, and celery, combined with a 🍋 dressing I could chug, make this salad a favorite for me.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 5 leaves kale, approximately 4 cups of chopped kale or any lettuce you like
  • 1 celery rib, leave it out if you don't like celery
  • 1 apple , whichever you like
  • 8 walnuts, any nuts like pecans are fine

The Dressing

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, to taste
  • ½ tbsp honey, or agave, to taste
  • 1 tbsp dry or fresh parsley, to taste

Instructions 

  • Remove the stems from the kale using the loop on your tongs. Then wash and thoroughly dry the kale leaves. Next, chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  • Finely dice the celery stalk and apple.
  • Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until fragrant, being careful not to burn them. Once toasted, chop them roughly.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped kale (or lettuce), diced celery, diced apple or pear, and toasted walnuts.
  • In a separate small bowl or small mason jar, whisk or shake (with the lid on) the olive oil, lemon juice, honey or agave, salt, and parsley to make the dressing. 
  • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients in the large mixing bowl.
  • Toss the salad gently until all the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve your Adele Salad immediately.

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Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Sodium: 79mg, Potassium: 637mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 14295IU, Vitamin C: 137mg, Calcium: 377mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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