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Kale Salad with Dates, Parmesan and Almonds

*Adapted from Epicurious
Servings 4 -6 servings

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 2 bunches of kale rinsed, patted dry, stalks & stems removed and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 8 dates pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan use the good stuff!

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Wash, rinse and pat kale dry, gently pressing leaves to soak up remaining water
  2. Cut leaves away from hard stalk, then chop leaves into small, bite-size pieces
  3. You want to make sure that you only have the soft leaves for your salad, not any firm stalks
  4. Massage chopped kale with 1/4 cup olive oil for several minutes until leaves are thoroughly coated
  5. Allow kale to sit for about 30 minutes to soak up the oil
  6. Place all the dressing ingredients into a blender or Vitamix and blend until smooth
  7. Pour over kale and mix well
  8. Add almonds, dates and parmesan, toss and serve