Kale, Apple, and Chicken Salad

May 18, 2022 12:00 PM CDT
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Kale, Apple, and Almond Chicken Salad

by Emily C.
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
This salad packs a serious crunch!
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 12 oz Boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
  • 6 cups baby kale
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced diagonal
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, halved and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds toasted
  1. 1 Combine oil, rind, juice, thyme, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place 2 tablespoons juice mixture in a large ziplock plastic bag; reserve remaining juice mixture. Add chicken to bag; seal bag. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes, turning bag occasionally.
  2. 2 Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Pat chicken dry. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. 3 Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Place chicken on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into thin slices.
  4. 4 Combine kale, carrots, celery, and apple in large bowl. Add remaining juice mixture; toss to coat.
  5. 5 Divide kale mixture evenly among 4 plates; top evenly with chicken. Sprinkle with almonds and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.