Kale and Apple Salad

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The perfect bite doesn’t exi… wait hold on, we take that back! This Kale and Apple Salad might just be the perfect combination of textures and flavors. The leafy kale massaged with a creamy dressing and covered with crisp apples, crunchy almonds, and the perfect umami flavor from the Pecorino Romano cheese, combine together for one amazing bite. It just might be a perfect bite! The Herbes de Provence Olive Oil and the Gravenstein Apple Balsamic are a perfect flavor combination and really shine in this vinaigrette. This salad is perfect as a side salad at a family dinner or a large party and is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Enjoy it outside on beautiful autumn nights with fresh apples during the fall season!
Dish Type:

Gluten Free, Salad Dressings, Salads, Vegetarian

Season:

All Year, Fall, Summer

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

15 minutes

Serves:

3-4

Ingredients

  • For dressing:
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons SOOC Gravenstein Apple Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • Small pinch of black pepper
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ⅓ cup SOOC Herbes de Provence Olive Oil
  • 1-2 cups vegetable oil or any flavorless oil
  • For salad:
  • ~½ cup raw almonds
  • 2-3 bunches of kale
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons SOOC Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 oz block Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 Granny Smith or Gravenstein apples, julienned

Products used: Gravenstein Apple Balsamic Vinegar , Herbes de Provence Olive Oil ,

Instructions

  • For dressing
  • Add all ingredients to a blender except egg yolks and Herbes de Provence Olive Oil. Blend on high until the garlic is pureed and everything is combined.
  • Add in egg yolks and blend on high. Slowly stream in Herbes de Provence Olive Oil followed by vegetable oil until dressing thickens. Be careful not to add in oil too fast at the beginning as you will risk the dressing breaking and not thickening.
  • For salad
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Spread almonds out in a small baking dish or cookie sheet and roast until they begin to darken and become fragrant, about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer almonds to a food processor and pulse on high until almonds are crushed up into small pieces but not so much that you start to get a powder.
  • Strip the kale leaves from the stems and wash/dry the kale to remove any dirt or impurities.
  • In a large bowl, add washed kale, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and massage the kale with your hands until it softens.
  • For each serving, grab a large handful of massaged kale and place it into a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a roughly ¼ cup of dressing. Be careful not to add too much dressing; you can always add more. Toss the dressing and kale and transfer to a bowl or plate.
  • Sprinkle apples on top, followed by a coating of almonds and grated Pecorino Romano cheese to cover. Serve and enjoy!