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Massaged Kale Salad with Caramelized Onions, Cranberries and Pine Nuts

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Massaged Kale Salad - The Duo Dishes

Winter’s vegetables are in full force with kale winding its way to the top of the list. It is one of those vegetables that goes a long way, but it was never one that frequented either one of our family tables. Kale popped up once we found the farmers markets and restaurants of L.A. Kale chips and kale salads were the winners that swayed folks in the direction of this green. Kale salads are fairly easy to find on restaurant menus, but they are very simple to make at home. The dark, rich greens stand up well to a tangy, sweet vinaigrette and a variety of stir-ins to add a variety of textures to each crunchy bite. A version of this salad was served last month at the Social Justice Learning Institute’s monthly workshop in Inglewood. The salad shown above was shared with friends this past weekend for brunch. Now it’s your turn to make your own.

Kale just might be addictive. You can judge for yourself once you take a bite. Who can feel guilty after swallowing a big bowl of greens? It’s nearly impossible. Look for the deep green, large curly bunches, and be sure to wash the leaves very well before trimming out the fibrous stems down the middle. Once you have the hearty leaves, where you go from there is up to you. We suggest a salad for starters. Here’s one that will set you on a delicious path.

Massaged Kale Salad with Caramelized Onions, Cranberries and Pine Nuts – Serves 4 to 6
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 pounds kale (approx. 3-4 bunches of kale), stems removed and leaves very thinly sliced
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon water
1 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
Parmesan cheese, shaved

1. Whisk the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and red pepper flakes together in a large bowl. Add the kale and toss to coat. Using your fingers, rub the kale gently for 3-5 minutes or until the greens begin to wilt and soften. Set aside.

2. Heat the butter and olive oil in a shallow pan over medium heat. Add the onions and sugar, tossing all of the ingredients in the pan. Season with the salt and pepper. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium low and cook for another 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add the water and continue cooking for 15 minutes, then remove from heat.

3. Top the wilted kale with the warm onions, pine nuts, cranberries and Parmesan cheese before serving.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


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  1. I love being one of the first to leave a comment! 😉 First: Kale is one of my fav greens to cook. Second: It’s got a bite (unlike spinach, which is a perfectly respectful vegetable otherwise), and Kale is delicate enough to stir fry or braise lightly. It’s one of the more versatile, cruciferous veggies. On to the recipe: I’m intrigued by the addition of the dried cranberries. I’m also confident that the dressing would be amazingly good. This recipe is going in my file for Sunday dinner. Thanks guys!


  2. It’s so funny to me that kale has suddely become a cool vegetable, it’s been on of my favorites for a while, ever since I grew it in my own garden about eight years ago. The receipe you guys have posted looks great, dried cranberries are such a great colorful addition to any kale dish!


  3. Kale is soooo the new “it” green. I love that you massage the kale, what a fun (and slightly sensual) dish to make, hehe.


  4. So interesting you kale salad…never thought kale in salad…I must try this one. I like it with cranberries and cheese.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂


  5. I’ve become a major lover of massaged kale salads recently, much to my surprise because I’m usually weird about eating too many raw greens. I love all the mix-ins in this!


  6. Looking at those ingredients I know how wonderful this would be. I love kale too.


  7. I love kale!!! This is going to have to go on my must try list!!!


  8. I LOOOOOVE kale! This looks like a wonderful way to serve it up!


  9. I have never see Kale look more delicious. Love, love, love this recipe


  10. I love winter vegetables. The kale salad looks so beautiful and delicious.


  11. That slightly spicy vinaigrette brightens it up with a little pep, doesn’t it?


  12. this looks wonderful


  13. Love that this healthy vegetable is getting so much attention lately. This massaged kale salad sounds wonderful – love the warm topping on top of the massaged kale.


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