This is a delicious and seasonal salad that is perfect as a healthy lunch, side dish, or contribution to a gathering.
Even better, this salad can be made ahead and actually gets better with time. The key to a good kale salad is to use the right type of kale, and to massage the leaves thoroughly ahead of time to soften the fibres. If you think you don’t like kale or brussels sprouts, then this salad will change your mind!
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 1 small garlic clove, finely grated
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large bunches of Tuscan kale (also known as black kale, dinosaur kale, or cavil nero), centre stem discarded, leaves thinly sliced about 1/4 inch thick
- 12 ounces brussels sprouts, halved and finely shredded with a knife
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup raw almonds, walnuts, or pine nuts
- In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, mustard, shallot, garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, and some freshly ground black pepper. Set aside to allow flavours to meld.
- Combine thinly sliced kale and brussels sprouts in a large bowl. In a dry skillet, toast the nuts until golden brown and set aside.
- Whisk olive oil into lemon juice mixture until well combined. Pour dressing over kale and brussels sprouts and massage thoroughly with your hands, until all the leaves are coated.
- Add toasted nuts and toss one more time. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
- If making ahead, for best results, reserve toasted nuts and toss with salad just before serving to maintain crunch.
Serves: 8-10 as a side dish
Dr. Bianca Drennan ND, provides nutritional consulting and naturopathic medicine services at Pacific Wellness and is available for appointments five days a week. If you would like to detoxify and trim your body, improve your lifestyle or address certain health concerns please call us at 416-929-6958 or submit your online appointment request to arrange your initial appointment. The naturopathic appointments are covered by most employee benefits.