Raw Kale Salad with Lentils and Sweet Apricot Vinaigrette

June 11, 2012

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: If you've never tried kale salad before, here's the trick: you "massage" your greens with dressing. This helps to wilt the kale ever so slightly, and if you can get over the hilarity of tenderly rubbing down a vegetable, you'll quickly understand why raw kale salads are all the rage. This particular salad is elevated and made heartier with lentils--which are a great and protein packed way to transform everyday salad into more of a meal. If you'd like, you can add some cooked new potatoes, or serve the dish with a hearty slice of grain bread and hummus. Gena Hamshaw

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches Curly kale, center ribs and stems removed, washed, dried, and chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Apricot preserves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1 pinch Black pepper
  • 1 cup Puy or beluga lentils, (substitute brown lentils if they’re what you have), rinsed and picked over
  • 1 cup Red cabbage, shredded
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Whisk together olive oil, apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper.
  2. Turn kale into a large mixing bowl, and massage 6 T of the dressing into the salad. You’ll need enough dressing for the salad to be well coated and start taking on a “wilted” texture. Set aside.
  3. Place lentils in a small saucepan with enough water to cover them by 3-4 inches (approximately 2 1/2 cups). Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat, add a pinch of salt, and let the lentils simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but not mushy.
  4. Allow lentils to cool slightly and add them, along with the cabbage, to the kale, and add another 2 T vinaigrette. Use hands to combine. Add extra dressing as needed, and season to taste.

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