Kale Salad with Apple,Cheese and Toasted Almonds

One of the things that I like to do in the winter is to make salads with greens other than lettuce. Crisp greens make a great replacement and add variety over the same old green salad. Tomatoes are also at their worst during the winter months. When tomatoes are lousy I just like to skip them altogether. Many people don’t realize that most tomatoes in the stores are picked very underripe. Then they are shipped in trucks and forced to ripen artificially with gases while heading to their final destination. This doesn’t just occur during the winter months but during the growing season as well. The only way around this is to grow them yourself or join a local C.S.A. farm and get them delivered the day after they are picked. You can join the one I belong to if you live in Michigan, just click on the link on my homepage. So you might ask what do you do with no lettuce and tomatoes? You replace them with greens, fruit, and cheese which go great with a bowl of hearty soup on a cold winter evening.  This is what we had tonight.

Adapted from Recipes for Health New York Times

Ingredients for the Salad 

4 cups of fine chopped kale (any variety)

1 sweet apple such as a fuji diced

1 ounce of sharp cheddar cheese diced

grated parmesan cheese 

toasted almond slices or toasted pine nuts

Ingredients for the vinaigrette

5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons of FRESH squeezed lemon juice (not the bottled garbage)

1 clove of pressed garlic

salt to taste

Directions:  Combine the kale, apple and cheddar cheese in a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt until emulsified. Toss well with the salad. sprinkle the almonds or pine nuts on top and top with shredded parmesan cheese.  

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