Autumn Kale Salad with Apples

well hey there November, didn’t you just come in like a bloody wrecking ball?


whether you’re an indians fan or a cubs fan, a democrat or a republican – it’s been a head-spinning. roller coaster of a fall in my little world.

sometimes you need to take life by the teaspoon.

i don’t know what it’s like in other parts of the country, but chicago is still trying to find it’s way off of this merry-go-round. it started with our cubbies. i’ve written an entry on what that night felt like – i want to bottle it up so i can relish in it for years to come. it was a magical night in chicago, one that we both deserved and needed in a city that’s so often overcome with trials and tribulations, violence and tragedies. just walking through the streets you felt an energy of unity, of celebration, of pure joy.  it’s one of those stories that you make your grandkids listen to over and over again.


it was a high unlike any other in my 5+ years there….and then election night came. as high as we were, it seems we fell that much further.

so in between those events i went off to boston and then to nashville before heading to visit a friend in indianapolis. now i sit on a flight once more, headed west to seattle.

and bam, just like that – it’s the holidays.



comforting food, boozy occasions at every turn and with all the traveling – i’ve indulged already too much. i keep craving salads – something fresh – so i concocted this little guy. it’s seasonal, light and easy.

light and easy – something we could all use just a bit more of.

Autumn Kale Salad with Apples
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  • 2 1/2 cups kale leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large honey crisp apple, diced
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta or goat cheese (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • juice of one lemon (about ¼ cup)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. in a small bowl, whisk together the honey, mustard, olive oil, lemon and a dash of salt and pepper.
  2. in a medium size bowl, combine first 6 ingredients and toss.
  3. top with dressing

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