Tuesday, September 3, 2019

{Green Goodness}: Kale and Apple Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Now that September is here, there is an obvious (if not annoying) pull by merchandisers, social media--everyone, it seems--to forget about the remaining weeks of Summer. And being one who is resistant, if not defiant, to give into the pumpkin spice spell before its time, I'm continuing my summer-ing ways until the very end. But that doesn't mean I won't give a slight nod to my favorite season in time for its arrival.

Here enters a fresh, good-to-you, good-for-you, kale salad that keeps on the light side of things (summer vibes, indeed), while showcasing crisp, green apples that point the way to the autumn eats just around the corner.  Crowned (or garnished) with freshly grated pecorino romano shavings and dressed with a punchy lemon vinaigrette, this salad is a veritable ode to the best of both seasons.

I whipped it up in sheer minutes last night and it seemed to be all gone in just as many minutes following.  It seemed to be, but not quite :), however there were no leftovers to relish today, so I'll absolutely be doing a "make, eat, repeat" until I can't anymore.  I think you'll feel the same once you make it--and who can blame us?

So go ahead and live out your remaining Summer days with a wink at Fall that makes for...

Happy Eating!

Kale and Apple Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Fresh kale greens
1 Granny Smith apple (or apple of choice), sliced
1/3 cup of freshly grated pecorino romano (plus more for extra garnish)
1 large lemon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
Kosher salt 
Freshly ground black pepper

Place greens in a large bowl, layer in apple slices and dress with vinaigrette (recipe to follow) and toss together to combine.  Sprinkle in cheese and toss again.  Serve on individual platings and finish with a final garnish of cheese.  Enjoy!

Lemon Vinaigrette
Add the juice of the lemon, dijon, honey, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl and whisk together.  In a slow stream, whisk in the olive oil until fully combined.  Enjoy. (Cook's Note: Vinaigrette can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.)


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