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Festive Kale Salad


The Unrefined Vegan

This slightly sweet and crunchy combination makes a satisfying luncheon salad or festive first course for a holiday meal. The lemon tenderizes the kale, transforming it into a delightful alternative to your everyday green salad. Pair this appealing dish with crusty bread to enhance the delicate flavors.

The Festive Kale Salad is a simple, made with healthful ingredients and this salad comes together to create a dish that is tart, tangy, sweet, and full of flavor.

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  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 6-8 cups very thinly sliced, lightly packed curly kale, washed and dried
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts Sea salt to taste (optional)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste (optional)


Servings 4
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Step 1

1. Put the lemon juice and maple syrup in a small bowl and briskly whisk until smooth.

2. Put the kale, cranberries or cherries, and walnuts in a large bowl. Pour about 3/4 of the dressing over the salad and toss gently until the kale, cranberries or cherries, and walnuts are evenly coated. Taste and add the remaining dressing, if desired.

3. Cover and let stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving. Just before serving, top with a few grinds of sea salt and pepper, if desired.

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