I have searched the world wide web over and over again for a deliciously different Kale salad, and finally decided to make up my own:
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1 Bunch of Organic Lacinato Kale (makes about 2 cups of chopped kale)
1/4 Cup of Pecan Pieces
1/4 Cup of Orange Flavored Cranberries
1 oz Creamy Goat Cheese
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Organic Blue Agave
1. Wash the kale, cut out the middle stem, and chop into salad bite pieces. Once all the kale is chopped, grab that olive oil, pour it over the kale, and lightly massage it all over the pieces. I leave the kale in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to let it sit and sink in.
2. Pull your kale back out and add in the extras. Peel your orange, and cut into 1 inch bite pieces. Add in 1/4 cup of the Trader Joe’s orange flavored cranberries. Crumble up your goat cheese and don’t be afraid to sprinkle generously.
3. I love to candy the pecans; so grab a pan, add some olive oil, and adjust to medium heat. Throw in your pecans and drizzle the agave (or honey substitute) over them. Heat for about 5-7 minutes, but be careful not to let them burn. Once the pecans are done, toss them into your salad.
*I use a light olive oil and rice vinegar dressing but feel free to dress your salad in whatever tickles your fancy. I advise you to use something light and tangy. Vinaigrettes or creamy dressings will probably be a bit too heavy, keep it light.