Winter Harvest Salad with Chicken Apple Sausage Recipe

Ready to try your new favorite salad?! This one is hearty and filling, hitting all the right flavor notes like slightly sweet, spicy, tangy and creamy. Oh and it’s ready in minutes!

You’ll top everything with quick toasting maple walnuts (hello, yum) and a creamy dijon dressing… get ready to add this to your hearty salad rotation. let’s do this!

Winter Harvest Salad with Chicken Sausage

Hearty kale is the base of this salad rich with flavors from tangy goat cheese to sweet chicken sausage!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Servings 3


  • 4 large leaves kale stems removed
  • 2 cups shaved Brussels sprouts
  • ½ honeycrisp apple cut into matchsticks
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 4 links chicken apple sausage sliced into discs
  • ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles
  • ½ cup maple walnuts see recipe below

maple walnuts

  • ½ cup raw walnut pieces
  • 2 tbs. pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. salt

dijon dressing

  • 1 tbs. grainy dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • In a dry skillet, add walnut pieces and toast over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until toasted. Drizzle with maple syrup and toss before removing from pan.
  • In same skillet, heat 1 tbs. olive oil and cook sausages for 2 minutes each side then remove from pan. Add shaved Brussels into same pan and season with salt and pepper, cooking until wilted, about 4 minutes
  • Whisk together all ingredients for dressing and taste for seasoning.
  • In a big salad bowl, combine all salad ingredients, adding your kale last. Add salad dressing on top of kale, massaging into leaves with your fingers. Toss to combine and serve warm or at room temp!
Keyword apples, chicken sausage, goat cheese, kale, salad, walnuts, winter
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