You have to try this healthy and tasty kale salad with a warm, homemade dressing.
Eating healthy isn’t always easy. When it comes to healthy we all immediately think of salads, veggies, and basically rabbit food, right? We also know that if we drench our salads with dressing we defeat the whole purpose of eating healthy.
That’s why I’m so excited I found this recipe for a healthy kale salad. It involves kale which is a super food and is so good for you. Also the dressing is homemade and good for you as well. The dressing is a warm one meaning you cook it and pour it right over your kale greens. You can pair this kale salad with so many different proteins too. So far I’ve had it with salmon and chicken and it tasted great with both!
Last thing before I give the recipe is it’s so easy to make. Honestly, cutting up the kale takes longer than making the dressing.
Ok here’s the recipe for this awesome kale salad. Hope you enjoy!
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- juice and zest of half a lemon
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper
- 1 bunch kale, very thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- (optional) 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese
Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add shallot and saute for at least 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. This part makes your kitchen smell so good! Then add cranberries, red wine vinegar, honey and lemon juice and zest, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, toss the kale with olive oil and an extra pinch of salt, and massage kale with your fingers for 1 minute until tender. Add in the cranberry/shallot mixture and almonds, and toss to combine. Serve topped with crumbled cheese if desired.
See! So simple! Just a note, one bunch of kale goes a long way, so I sometimes double the dressing recipe. Also, I’ve never added any cheese and that has been perfectly fine. Mainly because I don’t like blue or goat cheese, but I’ve been tempted to try it with feta.
Either way, let us know what you think! My boyfriend is now obsessed with this kale salad, so I hope you’re family likes it just as much.