After having too much wine and carbs over the weekend, it was time for a little Monday detox. Nothing does a body good like some raw kale! This is one of my favorite raw kale salads because the dressing is vinegar heavy and helps tenderize the tough kale leaves. So tasty! Raw Kale Salad Picture and recipe slightly adapted from www.simplyrecipes.com
1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries, chopped (Or whole golden raisins or currants. I've also used whole, roasted cherry tomatoes instead of dried fruit.)
1/3 cup pine nuts (can substitute slivered almonds)
1 pound fresh Lacinato kale (also called Tuscan kale or dinosaur kale), about 2-3 bunches, rinsed and patted dry
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, packed
1 Heat a small skilled on medium high heat. Spread the pine nuts (or almonds) in an even layer on the bottom of the pan, cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Then remove to a bowl to allow to cool. Hint when toasting nuts: do not take your eyes off of them! Nuts can go from browned to burned very quickly.
2 Use a sharp knife to cut out the tough midrib of each kale leaf, and discard or compost. Slice the leaves crosswise into thin, 1/4 inch wide, slices. The easiest way to do this is to work with a small bunch of leaves at a time, stack the leaves and roll them into a loose cigar shape. Then using a sharp knife, work from one end of the "cigar" to the other, slicing a 1/4 inch off from the end. Place the kale slices into a large bowl.
3 In a smaller bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rice vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. A half hour to an hour before serving, toss the kale together with the toasted pine nuts, the dried cranberries, and the dressing, allowing the kale to marinate a bit. Right before serving, stir in the grated Parmesan cheese.