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Winter Superfood Salad with Clementine Vinaigrette

Like everyone else attempting to be healthy out there, I’ve been trying to sneak kale into all sorts of things which often leaves me with partial bunches of the leafy green on hand. Even though it lasts a shockingly long time in the fridge, I recently was trying to use some up before going out of town.

Since “superfoods” seem to be all the rage right now, with kale as a poster child, I opted to pull some of my other favorites into a hearty winter salad full of color and sharp flavors.  I wasn’t sure how the flavors would meld at first but they ended up nicely balanced – proof that if you thoughtfully combine things you love, you’ll have a winning dish.
Winter Superfood Salad
1 1/2 C farro, cooked
1 1/2 C kale, chopped
4 small yellow beets, grated
1/2 C dried cherries
1/3 C shaved parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp chopped pecans
1 Tbsp olive oil
kosher salt & pepper

Add farro and 3 C water to a large pan.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low boil.  Cook until farro is tender but still chewy and water is nearly all absorbed, approximately 25-30 minutes. Drain any excess water and transfer farro to a large bowl for storage or serving.

Meanwhile, add olive oil, grated beets and kale to a large saute pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes until kale begins to wilt and reduce in volume. Season lightly with kosher salt and pepper.  Add to bowl of farro and toss to combine. Add cherries, pecans and parmesan and toss again.

Drizzle vinaigrette over salad and toss a final time to coat.

Clementine Vinaigrette
juice from 2 clementines
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp stone ground mustard
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
cracked black pepper

Peel clementines and place in a small bowl. Use a juicer or muddler to extract as much juice from the fruit as possible. Remove the clementine segments and discard. Whisk in olive oil, mustard, vinegar and cracked pepper until well combined.




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Winter Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

I consider myself extremely lucky because we have good neighbors.    No, let me rephrase that, we have great neighbors.  The kind of neighbors who help you shovel snow, share their yard and have really sweet kids.  We often swap dinners or head to each others house with homemade food in hand just so we can share it with one another.

My neighbor Devenee brought over this divine Winter Fruit Salad the other day.  It was so good that I found my husband sneaking some from the refrigerator after we already had dessert.  You read that right, my husband was sneaking salad.

The combination of the sweet apples and pears with swiss cheese and dried cranberries makes this salad irresistible.  Add some cashews for a salty crunch and the sweet poppy seed dressing and you are in salad heaven.

Winter Fruit Salad

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tsp onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil

1 large Romain lettuce, torn into pieces
4 oz freshly grated swiss cheese
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup crasins
1 apple, cubed
1 pear, cubed

In a blender or small food processes, blend all dressing ingredients except oil and poppy seeds.  Once well combined, continue  blending while adding the oil.  Add poppy seeds at the end and quickly blend until combined.

Mix salad ingredients together in a large bowl.  Pour dressing directly on top or serve on the side.


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