Lemon Kale Salad

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One container of baby kale
1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 of extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/2 cups of raw slivered almonds
optional: 1/4 cup of fresh grated parmesan or romano cheese

Chop baby kale and add to bowl. (I chop it into about 1/3 it’s original size. This allows the salad to be bit size pieces but also allows the flavor to get into the kale). Top with slivered almonds. (If using parmesan, grate 1/4 cup on top of salad. This adds a lot of flavor to the salad. Romano cheese offers a goat cheese option instead of cow’s milk, but omitting the cheese is ok, the salad will still be delicious.) In a blender or food processor add fresh squeezed lemon, olive oil and one garlic clove. Blend for one minute. This will emulsify the dressing. (you can also double the batch and save for another salad. I love this dressing so much I always double it.) Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss right before serving.

*I am totally obsessed with emulsifying dressings right now! It’s a delicious little experiment in my kitchen every time I make a dressing. I also use oils like avocado, walnut and grapeseed in making my dressings. I often used flavored balsamic. When you emulsify the dressing, which just means blend equal parts of oil and vinegar, until it thickens and doesn’t separate, you get so much flavor with only 2 ingredients! I rarely even salt or pepper my salads now because there is so much flavor just by blending the right oil with the right vinegar together. Here are some that I’ve successfully tried.

1/4 cup of cinnamon pear balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup of walnut oil. Serve over an arugula salad with pecans and fresh sliced pear. This one is also delicious with goal cheese crumbles and roasted golden beets. (i use a bit of the dressing to toss with the diced golden beets before roasting).

1/4 cup of blueberry balsamic with 1/4 cup of avocado oil. Serve over spinach salad with candied almonds, or pumpkin seeds, or walnuts, and fresh raspberries and blueberries on the salad. You can also dice an avocado into this one.


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