Kale Salad with Cranberry Goat Cheese & Almonds

Vegan
No Gluten
Kid Friendly
Vegetarian
No Dairy

Title: Kale salad with cranberries and almonds
Author: Britney Shawley
Recipe type: Dinner or Side dish
Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes (10 -30 minute rest time)

Total time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 people 

This is my favorite salad right now. It hits all the marks of sweet, savory, salty, crunchy, nourishing and delicious.
I have brought this many times to gatherings or family potlucks. It’s a great side dish to most meals as well or the leftovers are great as part of lunch.  

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Ingredients

1 head of curly Kale

For Dressing:
1/3 cup Lemon juice (1 1/2 medium sized lemons ~ with some zest)
1/3 cup Avocado Oil (or oil of choice)

2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 large Garlic cloves, pressed in garlic press
1 tbsp Dijon
1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Topping Options:
1/4 cup Slivered Almonds
1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds (pepitas)
Dried Cranberries (real juice)
Goat cheese (with cranberries)

Hemp Hearts (optional)

Instructions

 Salad:

  1. Take one whole head of kale. Rip into tiny pieces making sure not to use the “ribs/stems” of kale, just the leaves. Add them to a large bowl.
  2.  Rinse kale in really cold water. Spin in salad spinner (or using paper towel) to dry. Make sure its completely dry. Do not squeeze kale with water on it, be gentle.

Make your dressing.

  1. Add lemon, real maple syrup, minced garlic, dijon mustard, oil and salt into a small glass mason jar with lid. Shake to emulsify.

Mix it all together:

  1. Add half of dressing to the kale at first. Mix with hands and squeeze the leaves with the dressing on it. Literally massage your greens for a good 2 minutes with dressing. Its how you break down the fiber. Taste it. Add more dressing of you would like or a pinch of salt. (you may have leftover dressing, store that in fridge)
  2. Let sit for 30 to 1 hour minutes so that the fiber in kale breaks down further.
  3. Add toppings- slivered almonds, pepitas, cranberries, hemp hearts and goat cheese if using. Mix together and serve. Enjoy!!                               

Saving Money:

Super budget friendly already. Buy your nuts and seeds from the bulk bins to ensure you get the perfect amount you need.
 
Purchase hemp hearts at costco for a huge bag for only $11. – but these are optional.

Grow your own kale!!!

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Saving Time:

Double the salad dressing and keep the remainder in the fridge to enjoy for the next 7-10 days. You have premade salad dressing this way!

 

You can also make a large salad and if you do not eat it, just store in fridge. It will be good (even with dressing on) for up to 2 – 3 days 🙂 Its great to take for lunches!!!!

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