Kale Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Dressing Recipe

Here’s another Meatless Monday recipe for the beginning of the week. I wanted to feature a flavorful yet healthy one, so I prepared a baby kale salad with pomegranate dressing. I also added shredded carrots and spiced pecans for extra crunch and nutrition. And to reinforce the tart and sour taste of this salad, I also added dried cranberries. 

I think you've probably noticed my recent love for all things pomegranate. I prepared the dressing with freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, a little mustard, agave nectar and flax seed oil to complete the delicious vinaigrette. Et voilà!

Ingredients

Yields: 6 servings

2½ pounds fresh baby kale leaves
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
6 ounces French feta cheese, crumbled
1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
2½ tablespoons superfine sugar (or granulated sugar)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 pomegranate, juiced
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 clove pickled garlic, finely minced
2½ tablespoons agave nectar
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons flax seed oil
½ cup spicy candied pecans, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon white pepper, freshly ground


Directions

Prepping the kale: Wash the raw kale thoroughly in several baths. Remove and discard any fibrous and older parts of the stems. Sprinkle with a bit of salt. Toss well. 

For the pomegranate dressing:

In a mini blender (or a regular blender if you don't have a mini), combine the mustard, agave nectar, pomegranate juice and pickled garlic. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add the extra-virgin olive oil and flax seed oil and briefly pulse 2-3 times. 

Assembly:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dressing, carrot and kale. Massage and toss well until well coated. Top with feta cheese, dried cranberries and spiced nuts. 

Serve at room temperature.

Bon appétit!

 


Tips

I tend to buy French or Greek feta, which are very mild; Bulgarian or Romanian feta taste brinier and saltier.

You can use fresh garlic instead of the pickled garlic but the garlic flavor is going to be a lot stronger. You can find pickled garlic in Asian stores.

Little reminder on how to juice a pomegrante on the following link.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on January 27, 2014.


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