Kale Salad with Almond Dressing

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You’d think that the story I am about to tell you would eventually have a nice segue into my kale salad recipe. Sadly, that is not the case today. Today the story is about crystal glasses, lace tablecloths and napkins, china dishes and the little old lady in all of us. We all know her. For some of us we see a lot of her, some of us she sometimes pops in for a cup of tea, and some of us never see her because she lives far, far away.

Personally, I think my inner little old lady frequents my house. My love for fine china, walks in the garden and tea parties are just a few of her many visits.

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Recently, my Mom brought home a few copies of “Victoria” magazine from the library. If your inner little old lady visits often and you have not heard of “Victoria” magazine, then oh boy, you are in for a delightful treat. This particular magazine takes you away to a fantasy world filled with stunning historic estates and tiny sandwiches with the crusts cut off. It’s a wonderful world it is.

Anything written in “Victoria” I imagine is written in this sort of situation: A very classy middle aged woman is holding an oaken pen, sitting with pristine posture at her vintage desk that is set infront of a grand window, overlooking a secluded bay. Of course she is drinking a fragrant cup of tea, made from the herbs in her garden, out of her fine Wedgewood cup, while treating herself to a lavender shortbread cookie filled with blueberry preserves. It is a beautiful summers eve and the lace curtains she inherited when her Grandmother passed are softly swaying in the cool breeze. She writes an article on the particularly smashing cookie she is carefully eating by only the light of the fading sun. She takes a sip of her tea, leaving behind a faint lipstick smudge. “It is time for a candle lit bath,” she says to herself as she gracefully rises and leaves the room. (All of this must be read in an English accent of course, because that is exactly how it was written!)

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All jokes aside, I truly love this magazine! Not only does it make you feel super classy, it inspires you to put a little more class in your life…or maybe tidy your room.

The dishes I used to photograph my Kale Salad are actually my great grandmother’s china! Inspired by “Victoria”, I have turned a simple country kale salad into a sophisticated dinner course.

So, with somewhat of a segue, I made a delicious Kale Salad to go with dinner yesterday! The original recipe came from our local farmer’s market, but a few tweaks were made to suit our taste buds. This recipe is a great way to use up those few bunches of kale you intended to use for green smoothies, but you just can’t stand one more of those concoctions.

Kale Salad with Almond Dressing-adapted from the local farmers market’s recipe

  • 2 bunches kale
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup almonds (or hazelnuts)
  • 1 tb raw sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Remove the ribs of your washed kale and finely chop. Finely slice the carrots and peppers as well.

Puree oils, vinegar, almonds, sugar and salt in a food processor until smooth. 1 tb at a time, add water, thinning until it reaches a thick dressing like consistency. (I added around 3-4 tb of water)

Toss the dressing with the kale and let mellow all day in the fridge or overnight, then add the peppers and carrots just before serving.

Nutritious and delicious!

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