Simple Kale Salad

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

Salad Dressing #1:

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup finely grated pecorino cheese, more for garnish
  • 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon (2-3 tbs)
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Salad Dressing #2:

  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (depending on how much heat you want)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Salad:

  • 4-6 cups tuscan kale (also known as lacinato or dinosaur kale), destemmed and sliced / cut into ribbons
  • 1/2 cup pecorino toscano cheese or parmesan, grated (use less or omit if using Dressing #1)
  • 1/2 cup slightly toasted bread crumbs or homemade croutons
  • 1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds (or pine nuts)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. For Dressing #1 and #2, whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Place kale in a serving bowl and toss with the dressing.
  3. Add the cheese, if using, the nuts, and the cranberries, and toss again.
  4. Let the salad sit for 5-10 minutes and toss in the bread crumbs / croutons and remaining cheese.

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