Kale + Apple Salad w/ Creamy Coconut Yogurt Dressing

Kale + Apple Salad w/ Creamy Coconut Yogurt Dressing | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

I’m currently writing this right now amidst a sea of cardboard boxes, filled with all the stuff I’ve accumulated over the past year. My past two moves weren’t nearly as cumbersome as this one, as my batterie de cuisine seems to have grown tenfold. It’s one thing to pack up your apartment and move into another, empty apartment – but I’m moving home to my family’s house, which already has a lifetime’s worth of stuff in it. It’s certainly going to be interesting seeing how my stuff / my family’s stuff meshes!

The most difficult thing to pack up are all of my dishes and bowls and plates that I use for this blog. These items are an eclectic mix that I’ve accumulated from flea markets, consignment shops, Etsy, and stores like Anthropologie or Crate + Barrel. I think once you become a food blogger, you magically turn into magnet for all types of kitchenware. And as much as I like to live minimally, I’ve grown to love my little collection of kitchen goods. The key will just be moving it all very carefully. ;)

Today’s kale and apple salad is the type of impromptu dish I like to throw together for myself for lunch or dinner, using whatever ingredients I have on hand in the pantry. I didn’t provide exact measurements for most of the ingredients,  because the intent is for you to use whatever amounts you like. Get creative, go crazy! Cooking is all about having fun! :)

Kale + Apple Salad w/ Creamy Coconut Yogurt Dressing | Well and Full | #vegan #recipeKale + Apple Salad w/ Creamy Coconut Yogurt Dressing | Well and Full | #vegan #recipeKale + Apple Salad w/ Creamy Coconut Yogurt Dressing | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

Kale + Apple Salad w/ Creamy Coconut Yogurt Dressing | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

Kale + Apple Salad w/ Creamy Coconut Yogurt Dressing

This kale and apple salad takes only minutes to throw together, and is full of light and fresh flavors with a tangy coconut yogurt dressing.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2



  • 1 Bunch Lacinato Kale chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple sliced
  • 1 Avocado Cubed
  • Slivered or Chopped Almonds
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • Chia Seeds


  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Yogurt
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon


  • To make the dressing, combine yogurt and lemon juice in a bowl and mix well with a fork.
  • This step is optional, but recommended – take your kale and a little of the dressing, and massage dressing into kale for a few minutes with hands. This helps break down the toughness of the kale, and makes it much easier to digest.
  • To assemble salad, toss together massaged kale, apple, avocado, and almonds.
  • Serve in bowls, topping with chia seeds, fresh cracked pepper, and as much dressing as you like.
  • Enjoy!

Kale + Apple Salad w/ Creamy Coconut Yogurt Dressing | Well and Full | #vegan #recipeKale + Apple Salad w/ Creamy Coconut Yogurt Dressing | Well and Full | #vegan #recipe

Quote of the Day:

Spring is spring, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is. 

– My Mom


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38 responses to “Kale + Apple Salad w/ Creamy Coconut Yogurt Dressing”

  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine Avatar

    Well that’s a great idea to use the coconut yogurt as a simple dressing! I can only get it on rare outings since my local stores don’t have it :(

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Aw man! That’s too bad. I’m really spoiled to have a Whole Foods so close to me :)

    2. Lorie Avatar

      5 stars
      What brand of coconut yogurt is recommended?

      1. Sarah Avatar

        I use Coyo, it’s a little pricey compared to regular yogurt, but the plain version is really good! :) Hope you like the recipe, Lorie!

  2. Brianne @Natural Girl Modern World Avatar

    Lovely recipe Sarah! Good luck with the move! Having gone through a big one (across the country) last year, I totally know what you’re going through! Hope you’re having a great week xx

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Brianne! Luckily I’m not moving cross country, but it’s still daunting nonetheless !!

  3. dixya | food, pleasure, and health Avatar

    i tell myself not to hoard things..i own very little clothing and shoes..then i have this cabinet full of mix matched plates, spoons, and cups just for blogs. i get so tired of things easily..which is why lately, i have been slowly getting rid of unwanted things and sticking to white bowls/plates to keep things minimal..

    1. Sarah Avatar

      That’s such a smart idea. I love the idea of de-cluttering, of making room for living. That’s going to be my goal once I’m home!

  4. Amy | Lemon and Coconut Avatar

    5 stars
    Hey Sarah, good luck with the move! Lots of double bubble wrapping!! i have so much stuff you wouldn’t even believe it, my parents have nightmares about me deciding to move back home, all they do is try to get rid of stuff! Beautiful salad, all my favourite things xx

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Haha there has been lots of bubble wrap involved, how did you know? :p And thanks girl!! :D

  5. danielle // rooting the sun Avatar

    sarah, your lacinato shots are so incredibly beautiful – i have such a fondness for their bumpy exterior. this is my kind of salad through and through – kale and apple are a union that i could enjoy daily. i wish you well in your moving! xo

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thank you so much Danielle! :D

  6. Richa {VeganRicha.com} Avatar

    Amazing. Love the crunchy apple with the kale and the simple dressing!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Richa!! :D

  7. Maya | Spice + Sprout Avatar

    Mmm! Looks delicious :) Good luck with the move Sarah!! xo

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thank you Maya <3

  8. genevieve @ gratitude & greens Avatar

    Good luck with the move!! Keep those kitchen wares safe and I know moving can be quite overwhelming so make sure you’re setting time aside for salad/cookie breaks ;)

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hehehe there will absolutely be lots of breaks for food ;)

  9. Stephanie Avatar

    5 stars
    Oh boy, I can totally relate! I have accumulated soooo many props I am terrified to move, haha! Good luck and I hope it’s not too painful! This salad sounds and looks delicious! I love impromptu dish, they can be so surprisingly good! xO

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Stephanie!! :D

  10. Hana | Nirvana Cakery Avatar

    Love it! Nice and simple, perfect! Was looking everywhere for coconut yogurt today and couldn’t find any locally:( I think I have to learn to make my own!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      I’m really spoiled to have coconut yogurt at my local stop&shop! But I’ve got to learn how to make my own coyo too ;)

  11. Joleen @ Joleen Cuisine Avatar

    I love the idea of using coconut yogurt as a dressing!! Coconut always brings so much more flavor to food :)

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Joleen! I totally agree! :D

  12. Lane | Green Spirit Adventures Avatar

    These photos are gorgeous and this salad sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it!!
    I hope everything with the move goes smoothly. I absolutely know what you mean about being a magnet for kitchenware. I’m sort of dreading when I’ll eventually have to move all of it to my own place, haha!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Lane!! <3

  13. Sarah @ Bourgeois Essence Avatar

    5 stars
    oh this salad sounds so exciting! I dont think that I have seen something like this before kale, apple and avocado with coconut sauce! Amazing!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Thanks Sarah!! :D

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  20. Chessie Avatar

    4 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! We had this salad at dinner tonight using plain almond-milk yogurt and lemon juice. This was the first time I’ve massaged kale (late bloomer). It kind of cooks the greens without cooking them. They were still fairly chewy although I chopped them up small. To my taste, it needed something salty in it — I thought about throwing in black olives, or even salted sunflower seeds, but in the end went with the recipe as is. Hurray for kale!

    1. Sarah Avatar

      Hi Chessie! Thank you so much for your feedback. I definitely encourage readers to modify the recipes here to suit their individual tastes! I’m not a huge fan of salty + sweet, which is why the coconut yogurt dressing was left unsalted. Black olives might be too assertive for this salad, but sunflower seeds sound fantastic! If you make it again with a salty component, I’d love to hear what you think :)

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