Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kale Salad with Apple and Pine Nuts

























So I wanted to eat something good for me today.  I am fighting a cold and so I needed some extra ammo so to speak!  What better than Kale to fight anything headed your way?  I read that the darker the greens, the higher the nutrient content and the better for defenses for cold and flu season.  But I still wanted something that was full of flavor and delicious, so I made up this wonderful dressing using Star Fine Foods Extra Light Olive Oil, which is also light and healthy.   What a perfect lunch!  I feel better already!  

Kale Salad with Apple and Pine Nuts

2 cups baby kale, roughly chopped
1 cup red cabbage, shredded
½ Fuji apple, diced small
1 stalk celery, sliced thin
1 cup of carrots, julienne or shredded
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup pine nuts

Toast pine nuts in a single layer in a 350 oven for 2-3 minutes. Watch carefully because the pine nuts burn easily.

Remove kale leaves from the tough stalks and roughly chop it. I like to massage my kale because the flavors come out better. Chop or shred your cabbage and add to the chopped Kale. Next add the carrots and the celery.  

Dice the apple and toss in lemon juice, making sure it’s thoroughly coated to prevent apple from browning. Add the apples and toasted pine nuts to the Kale and other ingredients and toss well.  

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons Star Fine Food Extra Light Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Whisk the dressing ingredients until combined.  Or use a jar with lid to shake well until they are all combined. Pour a small amount of dressing over the kale salad and allow to marinate for about 15 minutes before serving. 

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