Saturday, January 4, 2014

Most Delicious Kale Salad

The Most Delicious Kale Salad
Today I’m posting a Kale salad, which I originally had at my daughter-in-laws house.  She got the recipe from the back of a bag of Kale, bought at Trader Joe’s.  I've modified it to suit my taste.  I served this wonderful salad at my Christmas party to rave reviews, and had several requests for the recipe.  I served it again for Christmas Eve, again with rave reviews and more requests. Yesterday, I posted our FFWD recipe with the Kale salad on the side…again more requests!  This salad is quite vibrant and colorful with the bright green of the Kale, red of the cranberries and white of the chopped apples.  And need I say, it’s healthy! It’s also quite festive looking.  This salad stays good for a few days in the fridge, because the kale doesn’t wimp out like lettuce.  It’s a very hardy green.
So here it is!  “Back of the Bag~Trader Joe’s Kale Salad"! I have posted it as it was originally written, and my changes. Try them both!  Thank you Nic, for "the Most Delicious Kale Salad! Enjoy everyone!

Vibrant and colorful…perfect to brighten any table
Enjoy!



Most Delicious Kale Salad

1- 10 oz. bag of trimmed kale (I buy a 16 oz. bag and fill my bowl with less than half the bag)
2 gala apples- chopped
½ to 1 cup dried cranberries
½ to 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans ( TJ’s calls for chopped almonds)
½ cup of pomegranate seeds (optional, but oh so good)

½ to 1 cup cut up cheese…I've used cheddar, gouda, parmesan chunks and feta                                                                   (TJ’s calls for ½ a container of TJ’s feta)
salt and pepper to taste
3 T.  olive oil (TJ’s calls for 6 T. olive oil and 5 T. TJ’s Orange Muscat Champagne vinegar) 
2 T. orange juice (my addition- the citrus works very well with the kale)
Wish Bone Hazelnut Raspberry Dressing to taste (I use 3 tablespoons) 

Put the Kale in a bowl and remove any tough stems.  Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil over the Kale and massage it into the Kale. This softens the kale. 
Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.   Add the apples, cranberries, nuts, and cheese and sprinkle the orange juice over it all; mix well with hands.  
Pour the Hazelnut Raspberry dressing over the top, mix again and serve. (The fruity taste of the Hazelnut Raspberry Dressing pairs nicely with kale) 
This salad can be made a few hours in advance…it holds up quite well.

16 comments:

  1. have to admit, kale is not my fav green, especially after trying it as "chips"; however, your photos and salad are making me wish I could revisit this veggie; kale is not available in the lebanese markets, or rarely, while Swiss chard is super popular as well as dandelion. Love the fruits in this salad. Happy New Year and wishing you a great 2014.

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  2. Thanks Kathy, it really looks wonderful. I am definitely going to buy some kale on my
    next shopping trip, along with the other ingredients.

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  3. i would try with goat cheese! looks so pretty, isn't it wonderful that the healthiest food is the most colorful?

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  4. I love this, it sounds so delish!

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  5. LOVE kale! Got some from the farmer market this week and I had them in soup, stew and salad! Yours looks so colourful and amazing!

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  6. Not every salad can be pretty and healthy…this sounds great.

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  7. Oh it looks so vibrant and good it's a pity I cannot find any kale where I live.

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  8. Happy New year, Kathy! I've done a lot of kale (have grown in the last few years) and I must say this is one delicious looking salad - love all those additions (I think I am too sparse). And you're right - it's hearty and keeps - which is huge for the winter - when you don't want to go to the grocers for - you know leaves!

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  9. Happy New Year and lovely, healthy salad!

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  10. Yum, Kathy! I'm sending this recipe to my mom.

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  11. This salad looks delicious. I love the changes you made. I need to go to TJ's for a bag of Kale.

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  12. I can honestly say I don't remember ever seeing such a tempting Kale Salad, Kathy! I love the name “Back of the Bag~Trader Joe’s Kale Salad," lol...I rarely buy veggies in Trader Joe's. Ours doesn't have the best produce department. Just look what I missed but, I'm sure it's that "magic" touch of yours that makes it look so festive!!! Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy...

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  13. This is a beautiful kale salad Kathy! I wish I had this plate in front of me! Happy New Year to you and your family my friend!

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  14. What a lovely salad. I can understand why you get so many recipe requests!

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  15. This is very pretty! And that's a good tip to buy a bigger bag and trim it really well since kale can be somewhat daunting!

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