Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kale Cranberry Almond Salad

Okay, I have a new addiction.  And it's to kale.  I know, I know, you were thinking I was going to say dark chocolate or Gruyere cheese or ribeye steak.  Don't worry, I'll probably develop an addiction to them in due course.  But right now it's kale.  I think kale is still making big headlines at the market because it has been unbelievably god-awful cold for so long this year.  Last night it got down to 35°F, and it's APRIL.

But I digress.  Kale.  In a salad.  With crunchy almonds and sweet-tart Craisins.  And an orange vinaigrette.  This stuff is amazing.  I think you could probably even get kale non-believers to jump on the bandwagon.  And unlike loads of chocolate and cheese and steak, you can eat a big bowl of this and not feel the least bit guilty.  And kale doesn't wilt!  Double bonus!

Kale Cranberry Almond Salad

½ cup canola oil
¼ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon minced shallots
½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 large bunch of raw curly leaf kale, washed, stemmed, and torn into pieces
½ cup (2 ounces) slivered almonds
½ cup Craisins
4 tablespoons crystallized ginger, chopped if large chunks
Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together the first six ingredients.  Toss with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Eat.

Makes 1 to 4 servings, depending on level of willpower

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