I just came home with basket full of honey crisp apples, perfect for this recipe.

We ate this salad two days in a row for lunch – to great fanfare from Yale and guess what, not a  protest from Gordy.  I am pretty sure it was the honey in the poppy seed dressing and crisp apples in the salad that won him over, I can be sure it was not the kale!

Ingredients for the salad:

  • 1/2 to a full bunch kale
  • 1 -2 apples, sliced thin (pears would be great if you did not have apples)
  • 3 radishes, sliced thin
  • 1 cup cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1 cup radicchio, sliced thin
  • 1 avocado, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • a big handful of pumpkin seeds
  • a big handful of dried cranberries, (look for the unsweetened kind, which you can find in most health food stores). I have been using Prana Organic Cranberries, they are fruit juice sweetened.
  • 1 block of tofu cut into small bit sized cubes, (optional)


  1. Wash and dry the kale. Cut out and discard the tough stems. Arrange the leaves into stacks, slice crosswise into 1/4-inch ribbons, and add to the bowl
  2. Core the apples, cut them into 1-1/2-inch-long matchsticks, and add to the bowl.
  3. Slice the raddishes, cabbage, and raddico and add to the salad
  4. Half the cherry tomatoes and add to the salad
  5. Dice avacodo into small chuncks and add
  6. Add tofu cubes
  7. Add pumpkin seeds and cranberries
  8. Toss everthink well with the poppyseed dressing and eat.

Ingredients for the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey, check for sweetness, you can always add more
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • start with1/2 cup of vegetable oil, your may need more.  I like to use an organic grapeseed oil
  • 1/3 cup small-dice red onion


  1. Place the vinegar, honey, mustard, poppy seeds,  salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3.  While whisking add the oil slowly until all of it is incorporated.