This purple kale salad is loaded with goodness and it even tastes great! The combination of blueberries, apples and peanuts with luscious honey goat’s cheese, and a blueberry lime coriander vinaigrette puts this salad over the top!
I must admit that Manservant was not excited when he saw me chopping kale. Kale is not a favorite of his. He still can’t figure out why everyone has forgotten spinach. I also chopped up red cabbage (because I love the color of red cabbage) which quickly led me to making a red and purple, very colorful salad. I thought it was quite cosmic, but Manservant was not so sure. Manservant did start to come around when he saw me adding blueberries and fresh, crisp Kiku apples to the kale. The chopped peanuts were a hit, but what he really loved was the goat’s cheese. I used the honey variety, but any kind should work. The beets complimented all the ingredients and the red onions? Well, I add onion to almost everything I make.
Whole Foods this month has me thinking about the large variety of winter greens. Kale is one I’ve always enjoyed. There are myriads of ways to use it; I love that I can dress it and not have it wilt overnight. I also love using kale in flower arrangements. Kale has such pretty leaves and looks gorgeous with cut flowers. Kale truly is an amazing vegetable. It is easily roasted, fried, dehydrated, sauteed, juiced, chopped, blanched, and well I could go on and on, but why?
The vinaigrette came about because I have so many jars taking up space in my fridge and finding ways to use everything is always a challenge. Yes, I had a jar of blueberry jam taking up real estate and I thought it would work great in a vinaigrette. I was not wrong. This citrusy and sweet dressing was perfect on this salad. However this maple balsamic would taste great as would this lemon maple vinaigrette with garlic.
I’ll admit I am not a lover of thick stems or tough leaves, so I always chop my kale pretty fine and discard the stems. Yes, it takes a little time, but makes your salad so much better. One could buy baby kale leaves and those are great, too. Whole Foods has a lot of kale recipes. I just might have to try a few new ones now that Manservant actually praised this salad. He even mentioned it twice to me which is somewhat unusual given his firm stance on kale! But alas, even grown men can grow up.
A few more to try: