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winter kale salad with blue cheese and pomegranate

Winter Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Blue Cheese


  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  • Category: salads
  • Cuisine: american

Description

Winter Kale Salad loaded with crisp and light tuscan kale, sweet pomegranate, creamy blue cheese, and brown bread croutons tossed in a well-balanced maple apple cider vinaigrette.


Ingredients

  • 6 cups (1 head) tuscan or lacinato kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 4 ounces blue cheese block, cut in thin slices so it crumbles
  • 4 cups brown bread croutons
  • maple apple cider vinaigrette

Brown Bread Croutons

  • 1 small loaf or 4 cups sweet brown bread, cut in cubes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Maple Apple Cider Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • optional 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Make the croutons:  Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Cut or tear the brown bread into bite sized pieces.  Toss with olive oil and spread into an even layer on a baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes until crispy.
  2. Make the dressing:  In a bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, apple cider, dijon, garlic, salt and pepper.  Slowly pour in olive oil while whisking quickly.  Alternatively:  Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, cover tightly and shake vigorously until blended.  Set aside.
  3. Assemble the salad:  Remove the bottom 1/4 to 1/3 of the kale leaves.  Chop the kale in 1/2-inch to 1-inch strips, wash and dry.  In a large bowl, toss the kale and croutons with 3/4 of the salad dressing.  Transfer to a serving bowl and top with pomegranate seeds and blue cheese.

Notes

  • The kale holds up great to the dressing and can sit dressed for a while.  If making ahead with the dressing, wait to add the croutons until serving.
  • When shopping for brown bread, I use the Cheesecake Factory loaves they sell in the grocery store but any brown bread will do.

Keywords: winter salad, kale salad, salads for entertaining

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