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Festive Kale Salad with Sweet Apple Cinnamon Vinaigrette & Pecan Parmesan


The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon

I brought this simple but festive massaged kale salad to the winter 2018 potluck in Portland.


For the Pecan Parmesan
1⁄2 cup pecans, toasted
1 1⁄2 tsps nutritional yeast
1 1⁄2 to 3 tsps extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄4 tsp salt

For the Dressing
3 Tbsps apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsps + 1 tsp fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
2 Tbsps pure maple syrup
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp fine-grain sea salt
15 ml1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsps unsweetened applesauce
1⁄2 tsp minced fresh peel ginger

To Assemble
1 bunch kale, destemmed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces
1 apple, cored and finely chopped
1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
1⁄2 pomegranate arils (about 1⁄2 pomegranate)


1. Make the Pecan Parmesan: Preheat the oven to 300°F. Spread the pecans in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven for 7 to 9 minutes, until lightly golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
2. In a mini food processor, combine the toasted pecans, nutritional yeast, oil, and salt and process until crumbly and combined. Set aside.
3. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, oil, applesauce, and ginger until combined.
4. To assemble the salad, place the kale in a large salad bowl and pour on the dressing. With your hands, massage the dressing into the kale leaves until fully coated. Let stand for at least 30 minutes. The kale will soften slightly during this time.
5. Top the kale with apple, cranberries, and pomegranate arils. Sprinkle the Pecan Parmesan over the salad just before serving.

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