Christmas Kale Salad

Christmas Kale Salad

Dec 22, 2013

Kale is dark leafy vegetable that is packed nutrition. Prepared the right way it can also be packed with flavor. This Christmas kale salad is perfect for the holidays because of its rich evergreen color and ability to trick you into pigging out on what’s healthy instead of what’s not. In my house this Christmas Kale salad has become more of a year round salad and if you try it you will understand why.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large bunches of Tuscan kale (about 1 1/2 pounds total), center stem discarded, leaves thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces brussels sprouts, trimmed, finely grated or shredded with a knife
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup almonds with skins, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup finely grated Pecorino

Directions:

Combine lemon juice, Dijon mustard, shallot, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper in a small bowl. Stir to blend; set aside to let flavors meld. Mix thinly sliced kale and shredded brussels sprouts in a large bowl.

Measure 1/2 cup oil into a cup. Spoon 1 tablespoon oil from cup into a small skillet; heat oil over medium-high heat. Add almonds to skillet and stir frequently until golden brown in spots, about 2 minutes. Transfer nuts to a paper towel–lined plate. Sprinkle almonds lightly with salt.

Slowly whisk remaining olive oil in cup into lemon-juice mixture. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Add dressing and cheese to kale mixture; toss to coat. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Garnish with almonds.

*This is not my original recipe, although I would love to take credit for this one. Epicurious.com is responsible for this and many other great recipes. Just type in the main ingredient you would like to use and the site will provide you with lists of different recipes to choose from. Just scroll through to make sure it is healthy first. :)

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