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Kale Pomegranate Salad


Description

This Kale Pomegranate Salad with Feta Cheese is the perfect Holiday Salad. Loaded with vibrant reds and greens, this salad screams Christmas. It's so easy to make and it's tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette dressing that is out of this World! 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 bunch of Curly Kale (around 4-6 leaves), washed and dried, stalks removed, and chopped small
  • 1 cup of pomegranate seeds (also known as arils)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

For the Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup + 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of shallot or sweet yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Massage the Kale: Add the chopped kale into a bowl, removing any excess stalks. Pour in a tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Use your hands to massage the oil into the kale. Continue to massage the kale for about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Toast the Almonds: Pour the sliced almonds over a cookie sheet and spread into a thin layer. Bake for 8 minutes until fragrant. The color won't change much, but you will smell an earthy, toasted fragrance and see that the moisture has been dried out.
  4. Make the Salad Dressing: Into a medium size bowl or large jar, combine the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, shallot, garlic, and salt and pepper. Whisk or shake to combine.
  5. Assemble the Salad: Pour half of the vinaigrette dressing over the kale and toss to combine. Reserve the remaining vinaigrette dressing for serving. Toss in the almonds, pomegranate seeds and feta cheese.
  6. Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you need an easy hack for removing the pomegranate seeds, check out this post on how to peel a pomegranate. It's super helpful and has a video as well.
  • Take a little time to make sure the stalks are completely removed from the kale. They will contribute a lot of bitter flavor if you don't remove them. 
  • Don't skip the kale massage. It truly transforms the texture and taste of the raw kale.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: salad
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: american

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