Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

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    Kale. Gosh, when did kale get so popular? It is certainly a food trend and here I am jumping on the train with kale salad. This Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing is a refreshing and healthy salad everyone will enjoy!

    Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing is tossed with currants, radicchio, walnuts and a lemon dressing. Learn how to massage kale salad and make a delicious salad! #kalesaladrecipes #kalesaladdressing www.savoryexperiments.com

    Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing is tossed with currants, radicchio, walnuts, and lemon dressing. Learn secret tips on making your kale salad silky smooth and how to make kale chips with the leftovers!

    I have to tell you, it took me a while to jump on this kale crazy bandwagon. There was something about the flavor and texture of kale salads that weren’t for me until I realized I hadn’t been making them the right way.

    Before we get into that, let’s talk greens.

    Kale is slightly sweet, slightly bitter, hearty green. It makes a wonderfully vibrant and voluminous salad, but also does well in soups and stews, like my Pork Ragu, because it doesn’t breakdown as spinach would.

    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. Also freezer friendly! #slowcookerragu #slowcookerrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com
    Slow Cooker Ragu with Kale

    It is a year-round vegetable and an excellent choice for nutritional reasons as well. The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 found in kale all support heart health.

    Make sure to PIN your Kale Salad!

    It is also found in many green smoothies for great flavor, great texture, and all the amazing things listed above.

    FACT: Kale is full of fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 making it a SUPERFOOD!

    Back to me finally saying “yes” to kale. For too long, I hadn’t been massaging it. I know what you’re thinking, massaging a green for a salad?

    This has to be a joke right? In all honesty, it’s a thing as crazy as it sounds. Nope- you are about to give your greens a nice, long rub down and you won’t regret it.

    PRO TIP: Massage your kale!

    Once you add your salad dressing, get in there with your hands. By rubbing the oil of the dressing into the leaves of the kale, you’ll notice the color of them and more importantly the texture.

    Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing is tossed with currants, radicchio, walnuts and a lemon dressing. Learn how to massage kale salad and make a delicious salad! #kalesaladrecipes #kalesaladdressing www.savoryexperiments.com

    They stop feeling tough and leathery and really start to become soft and silky.

    Long story short, you are rubbing it until it wilts… in a good way. I promise!

    I am a firm believer that salads don’t have to be boring. Just check out my tips for exciting salads, including serving yours in a beautiful salad bowl!

    This kale salad is tossed with radicchio, walnuts,  sweet dried currants, and basil with a basic lemon dressing and shaved cheese. Can you say deliciousness?

    Kale Salad Recipe-tossed with currants, radicchio, walnuts and a lemon dressing. Find out my secret tips on making your kale salads silky smooth and how to make kale chips with the leftovers! www.savoryexperiments.com

    On this occasion, I sent hubby to the store, asking him for a “generous” amount of kale. He came back with enough kale to last us a month. Much more than we could every consume before it went bad.

    If you ever find yourself in a similar situation (and my gut says many of you have,) I’ve got the perfect solution.

    Kale chips! Easy to make, kale chips hit the spot when you are craving a crunchy and salty treat and don’t want to waste the calories on potato chips.

    For these, there is no massaging involved. Just pop in the oven and then pop in your mouth! You can even make Ranch Kale Chips.

    Kale Chips Recipe- olive oil, sea salt and 3 other creative add-ins! A tasty, easy, and healthy alternative to potato chips.

    If you liked this kale salad, check out these other easy salad recipes:

    Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing is tossed with currants, radicchio, walnuts and a lemon dressing. Learn how to massage kale salad and make a delicious salad! #kalesaladrecipes #kalesaladdressing www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Kale Salad

    Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing is tossed with currants, radicchio, walnuts and a lemon dressing. Learn how to massage kale salad and make a delicious salad! 
    Prep Time20 mins
    Total Time20 mins
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: kale salad
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 246kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups kale stems removed, shredded
    • 1 leaves head radicchio core removed,shredded
    • 2 tablespoons shredded basil
    • Sea Salt and Freshly Cracked Pepper
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup dried currants
    • 1/2 cup walnuts , toasted
    • 1 cup Pecorino Romano , shaved

    Instructions

    • In a large salad bowl toss kale, radicchio and basil. Season dry greens with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss.
    • Whisk extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and lemon zest in a small bowl.
    • Toss greens with 1/2 of dressing.
    • Add 1/2 cup cheese, currants and walnuts as well as the remaining dressing. Toss again.
    • Garnish with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and enjoy!
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4530IU | Vitamin C: 54.3mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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