Lunchbox Salad: Apple, Cheddar, and Kale Salad for One

This made a quick and lovely lunch the other day, and it was too good not to share. It’s the perfect combination of earthy, salty, tangy, and sweet.

The apple and cheddar combination remind me of something you would pack in a grade schooler’s lunchbox, for some reason…hence the title. Also, kale magically stays crispy even after being dressed, so I often pack kale as a tupperware lunch salad. The lemon juice or vinegar keeps the apple from turning brown — an added bonus.


Makes 1 entree-size salad

  • 2 cups kale, cut into strips or bite-size chunks
  • 1/2 red delicious red delicious, grated
  • 2 tbs sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (or more, if you like)
  • 2 tbs toasted or raw almonds, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbs toasted or raw almonds, chopped
  • coarse sea salt, to taste
  • lots of freshly ground black pepper, to taste (don’t be shy, this really makes the salad)


After you grate the apple and cheese, and chopped the kale and almonds, combine all three in a tupperware. Add the lemon juice/vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper. Close the tupperware lid, and give it a shake to evenly distribute the dressing. Great with a ziplock full of homemade crackers, like my favorite spelt and flax crackers!



12 responses

    • I’m so glad you like it Jorie! I find adding a sweet flavor like fruit, and a creamy flavor like cheese, always makes a salad super palatable, even if you don’t like kale! Would love to hear your thoughts if you do try it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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