I haven’t always been a fan of kale. But this salad has been my go-to lunch lately. This combination is super flavorful and healthy. Sometimes I eat it with a baked sweet potato and it’s literally the tastiest lunch... it definitely beats eating cold gluten-free macaroni and cheese and half chewed strawberries from my daughters plate!
The coolest thing is that you can put the dressing on in the morning and by lunch you have the best dressed kale and it is not soggy. Even after 24 hours it still will not be soggy. It’s a great salad for traveling, to-go lunches or just about anytime! I generally follow the recipe from The NY Times except I substitute the sliced almonds for pine nuts. Almonds will work well or any nuts of your choice.
Kale salad with sharp cheddar, apples and pine nuts
4 cups very finely chopped or slivered curly kale or Russian kale (large stems removed)
3 tbs pine nuts (optional, toasted)
1 apple, sliced thinly or diced (I use gala or honey crisp)
2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut in 1/4-inch dice or grated
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste
1 very small garlic clove, puréed
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
When ready to eat, top salad with apples, pine nuts, cheddar cheese, sprinkle with Parmesan and serve up!