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Friday, September 19, 2014

Kale Waldorf Salad

Kale Waldorf Salad | The Sweets Life
Kale Waldorf Salad 
When I menu plan for the week ahead, I always try to incorporate a fair amount of variety into dinner each night. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge proponent of leftovers and they appear on our table at least once or twice a week. However, on the nights I’m cooking, I try to mix up the cuisine / genre, protein source, and even the texture or temperature of a dish (unless it’s January and then I’m okay eating soup every night for a week!).
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Usually at least once a week I plan for a lighter entrĂ©e, typically in the form of a giant salad. We have a few of our favorites that we return to again and again (like this grilled vegetable salad, this sweet potato, kale, apple salad, and this shredded vegetable detox salad), but I’m always on the lookout for new ones to add to the list. This kale waldorf salad, from Whole Foods, is unique in that it relies on pureed walnuts and apple in the dressing instead of oil. I was skeptical, but didn’t miss the oil one bit, especially since you’re still getting healthy fats from the nuts. I did add a bit of water to thin the dressing to my liking, but I liked how the dressing clung to the kale leaves, softening the salad and helping to bulk up your usual kale salad. Because kale is so hardy, this is a great make-ahead salad…the leftovers I took for my lunch the next day weren’t soggy or unappetizing in the slightest! Next time you’re looking for a salad to round out your meal plan (just add some crusty bread to finish it off), give this one a try.
Kale Waldorf Salad | The Sweets Life

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Kale Waldorf Salad

-6 cups packed chopped raw kale
-1 large red apple, divided
-1 cup thinly sliced celery
-1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped, divided
-1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp raisins, divided
-2 tbsp Dijon mustard
-2 tbsp water, plus more, if needed
-1 tbsp red wine vinegar
-1/8 tsp sea salt

1. Place kale in a large bowl. In a blender, add half the apple, 1/4 cup walnuts, 2 tbsp raisins, mustard, water, vinegar, and salt. Puree until well-combined, adding water as needed to thin slightly. Pour dressing over the kale and massage into the leaves if desired.
2. Chop the remaining half of the apple and add to the salad along with the celery, remaining 1/4 cup walnuts, and remaining 1/4 cup raisins. Toss to combine and serve. 

from Whole Foods