Cranberry Walnut Kale Salad with Fresh Cranberry Vinaigrette
Many people, myself included, sometimes shy away from kale if you have experienced a bitter bite of its leaves. But if you find young, tender kale, it can be mild and pleasant and not too tough on the palate. However, if you really are anti-kale, do try this salad with the greens of your choice. Just dress it right before serving.
In a small sauce pan, place fresh cranberries, water and sugar over medium heat. Let it come to a boil and once the first cranberry pops, simmer for about 5 minutes until all the cranberries pop open. Place in a blender and puree till smooth. Add the vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper and blend. Add the olive oil and blend again. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
Trim kale by removing stems/stalks and tearing the leaves into bit sized pieces. Toss in a bowl with dried cranberries, walnuts, red onion and just enough dressing to lightly coat the kale. Reserve remaining dressing until ready to serve. Cover and refrigerate the salad for at least half an hour, or overnight.
Serve with a light drizzle of additional dressing if desired.