Kale salad with red grapes and honey-mustard dressing

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Kale is pretty to look at and packed with nutrients, but sometimes I find it a little bitter when served raw. If you feel similarly, keep reading, because I’ve learned how to make it taste great! The trick is offsetting its bitterness with a bit of sweetness. And here’s something you should know about me: I am a total sucker for unusual fruits and veggies, which I had fun incorporating into this salad.

So in this salad, to accompany beautiful farmer’s market kale, I used delightfully rotund lemon cucumbers, along with pretty pink radishes for crunch. This salad also features some very striking witch finger grapes – couldn’t help but try these oddities when I saw them at the store- see below! They look funny but taste like sweet red grapes (so no need to go hunting for them, normal red grapes work great). It’s all brought together by a sweet honey mustard vinaigrette. The result is a very clean-tasting, refreshing crunchy salad that will make you feel great. Not to mention, as we approach the Jewish High Holidays, this salad contains honey, symbolic for a sweet new year AND is a perfect way to atone for some dietary indiscretion 😉 (yes, I am guilty). Serves 2-3.

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Salad ingredients:

  • 6-8 large leaves of kale (I used lacinato kale, which has a lovely dark green color)
  • 1/2 cup of red grapes (I used witch finger grapes, see below)
  • 3-4 small cucumbers (I used a mix of persian and lemon cucumbers)
  • 2-3 radishes
  • 1/2 sweet red onion

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Dressing ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white or red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard (I used a whole grain dijon since I love how the mustard seeds look!)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Wash your kale and slice it into thin 1/8″ strips.

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Add to a large salad bowl. Next, wash and trim your cucumber, radish and purple onion. Slice them paper thin or use a mandoline (with hand protection!). Add to your salad bowl.

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Slice red grapes into 1/4″ pieces and add to salad. Whisk dressing ingredients together (may need to microwave for 20 sec if honey is crystallized or not easily combining with other ingredients). Pour over salad and toss. This salad tastes best after sitting for ~20 min so the kale can really pick up the sweetness from the dressing. Wishing you and yours a sweet new year!

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