Marinated Kale and Mango SaladJanuary 7, 2016
Courses: Soups & Salads
One of my friends was having a serious health issue and he was not permitted to eat any leafy green vegetables with the exception of kale. So, I found a kale salad recipe, changed it around to suit my taste and made it when he and some others came for dinner. This salad is a huge hit! Everyone loves it. The trick is to make it several hours in advance. This allows the kale to "marinate" and soften. It takes away that "earthy"/"grassy" taste that some might not like. It is refreshing and healthy and pairs well with a rich meal. It also saves well for the next day. My preference is to buy the pre-washed, pre-torn kale. But you can also buy regular kale, wash it and de-rib it (you don't want the tough, fibrous ribs). Enjoy!
- 1 large bag pre-washed/torn kale or 1-2 bunches of kale, washed well, drained, ripped and leaves separated from the ribs (throw the ribs away)
- 2 ripe mangos diced
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- ¾ cup toasted almond slivers see below for recipe
- 1 lemon
- ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
- 2 tbsp honey or more to taste
- sea salt
- freshly-ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce or more to taste
- 2 tbsp grainy mustard approximately to taste
- In small bowl, whisk together: lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, honey, salt, pepper, tamari (or soy sauce), and mustard. Adjust to taste.
- Put kale in large salad bowl. Pour dressing over kale. With clean hands, massage dressing into the kale, making sure that every piece of kale is coated well.
- Set aside.
- Right before serving, add diced mango, dried cranberries and toasted almonds and toss to mix well.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a sheet of parchment paper or foil on a cookie sheet. Spray lightly with Pam. Put almond slivers on parchment or foil.
- Cook, checking every 5 minutes and stirring with a wooden spoon. (Nuts burn quickly, so do check often!)
- Remove from oven when nuts are golden brown.
Make salad at least 2 hours prior to serving, to give kale time to “marinate.”