Shredded Kale Salad with Grapefruit

If you are a lover of Flower Child, you’ve likely enjoyed their Organic Kale Salad! It’s simple– yet irresistibly good and I just had to make my own rendition at home — Shredded Kale Salad with Grapefruit! 

I know kale salads have a bad reputation for being, well… DULL! While simple, this kale salad is far from that. It’s easy to make but the flavors are bright, tangy and just really damn good. 

At Flower Child, they include smoked almonds. Since I couldn’t find any smoked almonds in the store, I opted for dry roasted almonds and then I added a dash of smoked paprika to the apple cider vinegar dressing. 

While I served mine with salmon, any protein works great with this salad! Rotisserie chicken, seared chicken, sauteed shrimp, or even a seared steak work well here! You can really have fun with it. The Shredded Kale Salad with Grapefruit also keeps well, thanks to the sturdy kale — making it a perfect make-ahead dish for grab-and-go lunches!

Shredded Kale Salad with Grapefruit

Serves: 2 people
Total Time20 mins


For the Apple Cider Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

For the Salad:

  • 1 head lacinato kale stem removed and thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1 honeycrisp apple thinly sliced and halved
  • ½ cup dry roasted and salted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 grapefruit cut into supremes *see note
  • ½ cup grated aged cheddar cheese I use Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, smoked paprika, salt and pepper until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the kale, apple and almonds. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until well coated and the kale has slightly wilted, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the grapefruit and the grated cheddar and gently toss once more.
  • Serve with desired protein and enjoy!! *I served mine with Salmon that I made in my air fryer. Method: drizzle a 6 ounce filet of wild caught salmon with a little bit of olive oil and lightly sprinkled with salt and pepper. Cook in an airfryer at 375 degrees until it flakes easily with a fork, about 8 minutes.


NOTE: To make beautiful, juicy little grapefruit segments with no pith or skin, set the peeled grapefruit on a cutting board and use a thin, sharp knife to cut down the sides of the fruit, just through the remaining pith and membranes, to reveal the flesh underneath. Then, remove each segment of grapefruit by cutting along the sides of the segments to release from the membranes, removing the seeds as you go.

Photography by Eat Love Eats. 


  • Reply
    Nancy mandl
    April 20, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Love this so so much and I always order this salad! You nailed that dressing!!!Don’t forget to add currants though- they are small but mighty in this!!

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    Alex B
    March 16, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    We had this the other night for dinner and it was so good I’m planning to make for a party this weekend. Wondering, has anyone made this a day ahead? Do the apples keep?

    • Reply
      March 22, 2022 at 5:17 pm

      I would save the apples and cut the same day to prevent browning! But you can definitely make ahead the dressing and prepare the kale ahead of time! Just assemble the rest.

  • Reply
    February 11, 2022 at 2:39 am

    Oh my gosh I can’t believe HOW much it pretty much tastes IDENTICAL to the one at flower child!! I crave this salad often, but the closest flower child to me is about 20 minutes! You have made my LIFE by recreating this salad!!! 🙌🙌🙌🙌

    • Reply
      February 15, 2022 at 12:09 am

      so glad you love it!!

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    February 8, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    I cannot wait to try this!!! Have you ever tried Trader Joe’s smokehouse almonds? Just wondering if they might help with the smoked almond find 🙂

    • Reply
      May 10, 2022 at 2:45 am

      Yes, I tried the Trader Joe’s Smoked Almonds and they were a very nice touch!

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