Kale and Chard Green Power Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Kale and Chard Green Power Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Aggie's Kitchen


I spent some time with my family this weekend, and as per usual, my grandpa sent me home with some home grown goodies. During the winter his trees are bursting with tons of citrus like tangerines, grapefruits and lemons  and my car gets loaded up with plenty of gorgeous fruit, but this time around I came home with a huge bag of Swiss chard. He must have known I’ve been craving greens lately.

Kale and Chard Green Power Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Aggie's Kitchen

I’ve been craving greens in the worst way. I am pretty sure I felt the same way this time last year, because I remember making and eating a super salad like this one every day for lunch for almost a month. I have to say, I’ve never tried Swiss chard raw in a salad before, at least not that I remember. I usually eat it sauteed in olive oil with lots of garlic, in soup or in tomato sauce over pasta. Swiss chard is one of my favorite greens, and I have a hard time resisting picking it up every time I pass by it at the produce market. As excited as I am to have so much Swiss chard in my possession (only half is shown in the picture above), I’m slightly concerned I may run out of ideas of how to cook it up in the next week.

Have you tried Swiss chard? What’s your favorite way to cook it up?

Kale and Chard Green Power Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Aggie's Kitchen

This salad is riff off a classic that you’ve surely seen before. It’s been made with spinach, even with kale alone, but this time I bulked it up with even more nutrition from the raw chard. What makes this salad a little more special is the maple vinaigrette. I normally use honey to sweeten up my homemade vinaigrettes, but this time around I thought the maple would really complement the heavy greens, walnuts and blue cheese, and you know what – it did. It added such a warm mellow sweetness to the salad, and with a little extra brightness from the sweet paprika added I threw in at the last minute.

Kale and Chard Green Power Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Aggie's Kitchen

I am picturing this salad topped with a nice piece of broiled spicy-sweet salmon as a perfect “entree” salad. That might just have to happen for dinner tonight.

Enjoy!

Kale and Chard Green Power Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | Aggie's Kitchen

Kale and Chard Green Power Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

I usually don't list quantities when it comes to salad ingredients because I really believe a great salad is always created based on personal preference and what you have on hand. Because I am mindful to calories, I tend to go lighter on the cheese and cranberries on this salad, and heavier on the walnuts and apple. Make it your own and enjoy.

Ingredients

  • For the salad:
  • lacinato kale, thinly sliced
  • Swiss chard, thinly sliced
  • crumbled blue cheese
  • chopped walnuts
  • dried cranberries
  • thinly sliced or chopped apple (I used Pink Lady - so crisp and perfectly sweet)
  • For the Maple Vinaigrette:
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or any light flavored oil)
  • good pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare your vinaigrette by placing all its ingredients in a small jar or container. Shake well until thoroughly combined. Store in fridge for up to 3 days.
  2. Combine your greens in a bowl. Pour a couple of tablespoons over your greens and toss to combine. Massage gently with your hands, or let sit for a few minutes to tenderize the greens.
  3. Add your blue cheese crumbles, walnuts, cranberries and apple to salad, gently toss and drizzle additional vinaigrette if desired.

Notes

Tip: Wash your greens as whole leaves by placing in a large bowl or a clean sink. Fill bowl or sink with cold water and gently shake, allowing any dirt trapped in the small parts to get released. I like to set out on clean dish towels to fully dry on the counter, patting with paper towels to help it along. I store the leaves whole, loosely wrapped in paper towels in my produce drawer. If the leaves are smaller, I place them in a ziplock bag.

http://aggieskitchen.com/2013/02/12/kale-and-chard-green-power-salad-with-maple-vinaigrette/

More kale and chard recipes to enjoy:

Kale, Mushroom and Bean Soup

Sesame Noodles with Edamame and Kale

Winter Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Citrus Sesame Kale | Oh My Veggies

Chopped Kale Salad with Pomegranate & Avocado | Cookin’ Canuck

Swiss Chard with White Beans in Tomato Sauce over Pasta

Rainbow Chard Tortilla Pizza

Swiss Chard, Mozzarella & Feta Egg Bake | Kalyn’s Kitchen

Quick Chicken Soup with Carrots, Beans & Chard | Everyday Maven

 

   

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33 Responses to “Kale and Chard Green Power Salad with Maple Vinaigrette”

  1. Erica posted February 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    That dressing sounds amazing!!!! Healthy and yummy!!

  2. Bev @ Bev Cooks posted February 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Oh good gosh, YES.

  3. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted February 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Yes please!!! I want greens at all times. Every day.

  4. Sheila posted February 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I’m not a huge chard fan, but this salad look like it’s worth a try…I’ll be at your house at 630 to give it a try (wink)!!! I use maple syrup in everything, just ordered my gallon from the local maple syrup farm!

  5. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots posted February 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    This salad looks spectacular! I’m always making the same old salad over and over every day and getting terribly bored with it. I’m definitely going to have to make this. Yum!

  6. Jersey Girl Cooks posted February 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    So fresh and so good! I have been eating a lot of kale lately and love it.

  7. Cassie | Bake Your Day posted February 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    The maple vinaigrette – I love it! This salad is great, Aggie!

  8. Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs posted February 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    We love swiss chard! It’s nice to have this green dish in the midst of all the chocolate this week. Yum!

  9. NancyC posted February 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    That looks like a wonderful salad and the vinaigrette sounds great, too!

  10. Heather (Heather's Dish) posted February 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    The maple vinaigrette sounds divine – yum!

  11. Shanna@ pineapple and coconut posted February 13, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Gorgeous salad and photos. I just got some chard and kale in my latest CSA – I am making this salad tomorrow!!

  12. wholesome kids posted February 13, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Your grandpa sounds super cool. How nice that he has his own produce to share! I’ve taken my kids plum picking at my father’s house and it’s such a beautiful experience- the generations together, picking fruits or veggies…especially if you eat them together, too! Recipe looks delish.

  13. Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts posted February 13, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I love chard–and am sad that the extreme cold temps last month seem to have done in my really old plants. Ah, well. I love Swiss chard on pizza, creamed, or with salmon Swiss chard artichoke dip.

    But this salad–Aggie, your photos are making me drool.

    Thanks!

  14. Joan Nova posted February 13, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I love fruit and vegetable salads. That’s a winning combination and the dressing really sounds interesting.

  15. Joan Nova posted February 13, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I love fruit and vegetable salads. That’s a winning combination and the dressing really sounds interesting.

  16. Angie posted February 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I’ve never had chard raw before, I’ll have to pick up some when I go to the farmer’s market and try this out! Great healthy idea!

  17. Kim | At Home With Kim posted February 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I love that your grandpa sends you home with fruits and veggies. And no I haven’t tried Swiss Chard, though I now cannot wait to! As always your salads are amazing and can’t wait to try this one. You are an inspiration GirlFriend!!!

  18. patsy posted February 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I love the flavors in that vinaigrette! Sounds like something that would make me crave salad – even in these chilly months we have here in NJ!

  19. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen posted February 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I know what you mean about craving greens. I am completely and totally hooked on this kale salad kit from Costco and have been wanting to find a good recipe to make at home myself. This looks wonderful Aggie! Pinning.

  20. Bree {Skinny Mommy} posted February 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Yum! This is beautiful and colorful and delicious–perfect combo!

  21. Carroll @Vanilla Lemonade posted February 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Looks delicious- even better- a perfect way to balance all these sinful Valentine’s treats I’m seeing-

  22. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) posted February 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    That is an awesome salad Aggie! One of my favorite dinners is a robust green salad like this with grilled shrimp or salmon :)

    Thanks for linking to my soup!

  23. Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! posted February 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I have not used Swiss chard much, but you make it look so good I am going to give it a try!

  24. Kim Bee posted February 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I just picked up rainbow shard. was going to make a stir fry but this looks really tempting.

  25. claire @ the realistic nutritionist posted February 15, 2013 at 9:59 am

    this is my FAVORITE kind of salad. ever. so easy and so fresh!!

  26. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats posted February 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Boy I would love to have a garden full of that stuff. Looks like a great salad!

  27. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted February 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I love chard, but I’ve never had it in a salad before. You always have the best healthy meal ideas!

  28. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. posted February 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    This salad is fabulous! The maple vinaigrette sounds so good!

  29. Carissa posted February 27, 2013 at 2:00 am

    i haven’t had a chance to make this yet but your recipe – especially the dressnig sounds divine! I’ve included you in a round up of the 25 tastiest kale recipes I could find on the interwebs. It lives here: http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/02/25-great-ways-to-eat-kale.html

    Thanks again for the great recipe!

  30. Kristi Rimkus posted February 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Full Circle just delivered my groceries with a bag full of chard. I’ve never used it in a salad, but why not? The leaves are certainly tender enough for a salad. I’m looking forward to giving this a try.

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