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The key to this salad is finely chopping (or shredding) the kale. The lemon garlic dressing will coat each and every tiny piece of kale, working its magical softening powers and infusing it with so much flavor. Instead of cheese, top the salad with some homemade toasted pecan "Parmesan" topping and a handful of dried sweetened cranberries. The result is one of the BEST ever kale salads I've tried to date! Ingredients: FOR THE SALAD & DRESSING: 2 medium bunches destemmed Lacinato/dinosaur kale, finely chopped (8 cups chopped) 2 large garlic cloves 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon) 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, to taste 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (just eyeball it) 1-2 handfuls dried sweetened cranberries, for garnish FOR THE PECAN PARMESAN: 1 cup pecan halves, toasted 1.5 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 pinches fine grain sea salt Directions: Preheat the oven to 300F. Spread the pecans onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes until fragrant and lightly golden. Remove the stems from the kale and discard (you can save for smoothies if you are hard core!). Finely chop the kale leaves (the smaller, the better!). Wash the kale and spin dry. Place dried kale into a large bowl. For the dressing: In a mini food processor, process the garlic until minced. Now add the lemon, oil, salt, and pepper and process until combined. Adjust to taste, if desired. Pour the dressing onto the kale and mix it into the kale with your hands or toss with spoons. Keep mixing for about 1 minute to ensure everything is coated perfectly. For the pecan parm: Rinse out the mini processor and pat dry. Add the pecans into the processor and process until the pecans are the size of peas or a bit larger. Now add in the nutritional yeast, oil, and salt and process again until it's a coarse crumb. Be sure not to over-process - we still want a nice crunchy texture here, not powder. Sprinkle the pecan Parmesan all over the salad. Toss on a handful or two of dried cranberries. Wrap and place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes to soften. I tried letting this salad sit overnight in the fridge and I greatly preferred the flavour of the salad served the day of, so I don't recommend making this salad the day before and letting it sit in the fridge overnight.
Dinosaur kale! How fun :)
Meanwhile, I LOVE shredded salads! This sounds really delicious and such a nice, light side option for Thanksgiving.
I am usually not a fan of shredded salads but I think the texture of the kale would work really well like this.
I can never chop my kale that small by hand. This is impressive.
The pecan parm sounds awesome! Plus I always love a salad with craisins :)