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Recipe: Baby Kale Salad with Apple-Maple Vinaigrette

A recipe for Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurants Baby Kale Salad with an Apple-Maple Vinaigrette by Chef Justin Braly

Baby Kale Salad with Apple-Maple Vinaigrette

Let Them Eat Kale

An unlikely choice displaces an old favorite

Posted on January 16, 2020

Anyone who knows me knows I never order a salad in a restaurant unless is it a wedge salad blanketed with copious amounts of blue cheese, bacon, and red onions. I have been known to have a Caesar from time to time, but mostly, I have salads at home when I am making up for all of my indulgent restaurant eating.

There is one exception, however. This kale salad caught my fancy, and it also happens to be currently available at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant. When Chef Justin Braly put it on the menu, I immediately poo-pooed it and said, “No one wants to go out to dinner and have a kale salad.”

I stand corrected.

Not only is this one of our best-selling salads (I guess I am alone in my thinking), but I also happen to like it. In fact, I am sort of addicted to it. The best part is, it’s a simple salad to make. The key to the salad is to buy the freshest baby kale possible or, if you buy the larger heads, be sure to cut it thin, almost a julienne (like for a slaw), and to use a good quality, real maple syrup in the dressing. I like to add my dressing ingredients to a Mason jar so that I can just shake it up and pour it directly from the jar. The leftover dressing can stay in the same jar in the fridge for a week or so. Terryl Gavre, owner of Cafe 222 and co-owner of Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant; breadandbutterismyjam.com



Baby Kale Salad with Apple-Maple Vinaigrette

For the Salad:

2 lbs fresh baby kale,chopped or julienned
2 whole pears (or other seasonal fruit), sliced
½ cup pomegranate seeds
½ cup candied walnuts or pecans

For the Dressing:

4 oz. tahini paste
2 oz. apple cider vinegar
1 oz. real maple syrup
1 oz. water


1. In a medium-sized bowl, toss together all of the salad ingredients.
2. Shake all of the dressing ingredients in a Mason jar and dress the salad to your liking.
3. Gently toss and serve immediately.


Baby Kale Salad with Apple-Maple Vinaigrette
Baby Kale Salad with Apple-Maple Vinaigrette



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