Winter Kale Salad with Candied Pecan-Pumpkin Seed Clusters

December  5, 2019
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  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Thinly sliced kale and Brussels sprouts that are tossed with a lemon-dijon vinaigrette, and topped with citrus, pomegranate and these highly addictive candied pecan-pumpkin seed clusters. This salad can be prepped out in advance, just simply wait to add the dressing before serving. If citrus and pomegranates are not your thing, then you can substitute with apples or pears. As well, adding blue cheese or parmesan is equally delicious. —Ashley Marti

What You'll Need
  • Candied Pecan-Pumpkin Seed Clusters
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Winter Kale Salad
  • 1/2 small shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large bunch Tuscan Kale, ribs removed, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces brussels sprouts, trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange, segmented
  • 1/2 pomegranate, seeded
  1. Combine brown sugar, salt, and water in a pan over medium head and stir together until sugar dissolves and mixture is bubbling. Add the pecans and pumpkin seeds and cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring to thoroughly coat the pecans and seeds in the glaze. Remove from the heat and spread the pecans and seeds out on a parchment paper or slip mat, allowing to fully cool. Once cool, break apart into clusters.
  2. Add chopped shallot, lemon juice, grated garlic and dijon mustard to a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Then whisk in 1/3 cup olive oil. Add thinly sliced kale and Brussels sprouts to a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over top and season with salt and pepper. Toss together with your hands, tasting along the way. Add in orange segments and pomegranate seeds, and top with candied pecan-pumpkin seed clusters.

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