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Easy Kale Salad + Dried Cherries + Lemony Dressing

Even people that claim they do not like kale, absolutely LOVE this easy kale salad!  It has that heartiness from the dark, leafy kale, crunchiness from the pecans, sweetness from the dried cherries, and a nice pucker from the citrusy, bold lemon dressing.  

Kale is considered a superfood since it can boost a range of health problems due to the abundance of nutrients it contains like:

  • Vitamins B6, K, and C

  • Iron

  • Calcium

  • Potassium

  • Antioxidants

  • Plant-based protein

All of which help lower blood pressure, fight heart disease and aid in digestion.  

What you need for the Kale Salad:

  • 2 Bunches dark leafy kale (thinly sliced)

  • 1 shredded carrot

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • kosher salt 

  • black pepper

  • 1/2 cup pecans

  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries & golden raisins

  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

what you need for the Lemon Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about the juice of 2 lemons)

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Here is what you do...

Add the sliced kale to a medium-size mixing bowl or salad bowl, drizzle on a little olive oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper and lightly massage it for 1 minute to help break it down a little.

Add the 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 cup cherries, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 shredded carrot, and the zest of 1 lemon to the kale and lightly toss everything together.

for the dressing: 

Add the juice from the 2 lemons, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper to a mason jar with a lid and shake it well until it emulsifies. You can also add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until it emulsifies (get’s nice and creamy).

Pour the dressing on the kale salad and toss well.

Serve cold and ENJOY!

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