Hurray it’s kale season! This salad is so clean, bright and satisfying you will start keeping a bowl of it on your fridge to nibble on all the time. The hearty texture of the kale leaves “breaks down” in the lemon vinaigrette revealing a sweet, grassy nature. The apples and currents are a burst of sweetness, the nuts add crunch and the cheese brings the salty richness to the table. I made this last week and Drew and I fought over the last bowl which I snuck while he was in the shower!
Raw Kale Salad with Apples and Currants
Adapted from the recipe by Dan Barber in Bon Appetit
1 bunch Tuscan kale, washed, center rib and stems removed, leaves thinly sliced
1-2 apples, diced (I like Fugi)
¼ cup of currants
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
salt and pepper
toasted slivered almonds (optional)
shaved parmesan cheese (optional)
Rinse kale in cool water and pat dry with a clean towel. Pull or trim the leaves from both sides of the center rib and slice the leaves into thin ribbons. Make a vinaigrette by dissolving a large pinch of salt into the lemon juice, adding the honey and fresh ground black pepper and then whisking in 1 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss the kale in the vinaigrette and allow to sit for 20 minutes, tossing occasionally.
Meanwhile chop the apple, toast the almond slivers and shave the parmesan. Add the apples and currants to the kale and mix well. Serve topped with shaved almonds and parmesan.
Raw, Vegetarian and Gluten Free. For a Vegan version, serve the salad with out the cheese.