Kale Waldorf Chicken Salad with Cashew and Avocado "Mayo"
Kale Waldorf Chicken Salad is a healthy and delicious salad made with kale, chicken, apples, grapes, walnuts and a homemade avocado cashew cream. If you are a lover of the classic waldorf salad, try this mayo-free version of Waldorf salad made with hearty kale and cashew dressing.
2bunches5-6 cups of kale- washed, drained, and thinly sliced
1bunch of curly lettuce- washeddrained, and roughly chopped
2+2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oildivided
2cupsseedless red grapeson the stem – gently washed and pat-dried
3stalks of celerychopped thinly
1fuji or honeycrisp applepeeled & cut into matchsticks
1cupof leftover chickensuch as 2 slices of roasted chicken breasts
1cupwalnutslightly toasted and roughly chopped
1tablespoonlemon juicefreshly squeezed
Coarse sea salt
To make the cashew & avocado “mayo” dressing: Drain the cashews and place them in the bowl of a food processor. Add in the cubed avocado, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Process 15-20 seconds until it turns into a paste. Pour in the almond milk through the tube and process until it reaches to the consistency of mayonnaise.
To make the salad: Place the thinly chopped kale and curly greens in a large salad bowl, pour the mayo dressing over, and mix until all leaves covered with the dressing. Cover with plastic wrap, let it marinade in the fridge while you are getting the other ingredients ready, 20-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a small skillet in medium heat. When it is hot, add the grape clusters. Toss gently to make sure that grapes are covered with the oil (you do not want them to stick to the pan). Cook while turning the grapes every so often, until they start bursting, 8-10 minutes. Let the grapes cool for 5 minutes before removing the grapes from their stems.
To assemble the salad: Place the grapes, celery, apple, chicken, and walnuts into the salad. Gently toss to make sure that they are equally distributed throughout the salad.
Drizzle with 1-2 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice. Taste for seasoning and add more if necessary.