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What the Kale? Salad

What the Kale? Salad

WHAT THE KALE? SALAD

Ok Friends, this year all I had to do was bring a salad to Thanksgiving at my fabulous Sister and Brother in law’s gorgeous and festive place on Lummi Island. I wasn’t feeling excited about any of my old standbys, but I recalled a great salad one of my best pals showed up with at a recent party.  I decided it would be PERFECT, but it needed a few adjustments to make it holiday-worthy for my family.

Well, what can I say? It was a HIT.  And I blush as the health coach ME loves it when I can get people eating and DIGGING RAW KALE AND BRUSSEL SPROUTS???? Come ON, THAT is cool.

It was a particularly unusual type of HIT because a few of the family members who were raving about it said things like:

I WANT this recipe, and normally I think kale really sucks and Brussel sprouts stink.  

So if this is YOU try it.  

And if this is not you, try it. 

 It’s fantastic.  It’s a sneakily delicious non-sucky, non-stinky way to get your clan to eat and love some of the healthiest, cancer-fighting, cruciferous veggies on earth.  Trust me. 

Here you go!

 

Stuff You’ll need:

  • 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 (I did all this in my Cuisinart on the slicer blade.)
  • 12 ounces brussels sprouts, trimmed, finely grated or shredded in a Cuisinart (see above)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup almonds pre-sliced or whole and chopped
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino cheese OPTIONAL – I usually make this without the cheese
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

How to make it:

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.

All-right People, I DID the whole freakin’ salad pretty much in my Cuisinart because I quadrupled the recipe and I didn’t have much time.  Don’t tell Martha S, she can be so snippy about cutting corners.  Use the slice thingy attachment, and it will all be grand. 

Measure 1/2 cup oil into a cup. Spoon 1 tablespoon of oil from a 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 the remaining olive oil in a cup into the lemon-juice mixture I used a Cuisinart here because I like to quickly emulsify the dressing. Don’t mix too long this way or your dressing will get bitter.  Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

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

Hostess with the Mostess TIP:

DO AHEAD

Dressing, kale mixture, and toasted almonds can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover dressing and kale mixture separately and chill. Cover almonds and let stand at room temperature.

 What the Kale 1

What the Kale? Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Lisa Spencer
It’s fantastic. It’s a sneakily delicious non-sucky, non-stinky way to get your clan to eat and love some of the healthiest, cancer-fighting, cruciferous veggies on earth. Trust me.
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 (I did all this in my Cuisenart on the slicer blade.)
  • 12 ounces brussels sprouts, trimmed, finely grated or shredded in a Cuisenart (see above)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup almonds pre sliced or whole and chopped
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino cheese OPTIONAL (get the good stuff, not pre-grated)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Measure 1/2 cup oil into a cup. Spoon 1 tablespoon of oil from a 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.
  3. Slowly whisk the remaining olive oil in a cup into the lemon-juice mixture I used a Cuisinart here because I like to quickly emulsify the dressing. Don’t mix too long this way or your dressing will get bitter. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Add dressing and cheese, almonds, and cranberries to kale mixture; toss well to coat. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Notes
TIP:[br][br]Dressing, kale mixture, and toasted almonds can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover dressing and kale mixture separately and chill. Cover almonds and let stand at room temperature.

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  1. Kale AND Brussels Sprouts? GIMME!!! I was that weird kid that loved Brussels Sprouts growing up, and now my son just embarrassed me big time… he’s 3.5 and we were at a birthday party. The host’s mom came up and said “here sweetheart, have some candy” and he said “what’s candy?” (cue the twittering among the other moms.) She said “you’ll love it honey” and he tasted a piece and then said “mommy, can I please spit this out?” I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree… but when are you supposed to buy a three-year-old candy?

  2. I have never wanted to try kale before in my life, never really had a reason actually. But this recipe actually makes me want to get in there and dig a HUGE fork in there and possibly stab someone who is trying to get some too. That sounds delish! I love everything in there, and can’t imagine that kale would make it horrible. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. Bring it on!