Kale, Pear and Goat’s Cheese Salad

Kale is everywhere at the moment. I’m not complaining, it’s never been so easy to get my hands on a bunch of this green goodness. Maybe it’s being overdone a little , adding it into brownies is a little wild even for me, but it’s seriously delicious.  It’s a pretty impressive brassica.  Taste aside,  it’s  super source of Vitamin C, A  and K. I’m not saying you should eat kale because of its nutritional profile and I’m certainly not promoting the idea of “superfoods” (that’s another story),but it’s not the worst thing to add into your diet.

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I love love love kale as a salad. I’ve had it in salads where it was just chucked in raw, which lead to so much chewing I had pains in my jaw and eventually had to give up.  The  key to kale my friends is to massage it. You might laugh at the notion of massaging kale but trust me on this one, it makes  a world of difference.  You must know by now I love my salty sweet combos so what better way to get that flavour sensation than with creamy goats cheese and juicy pears.

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Kale, Pear and Goat’s Cheese Salad

Ingredients:

1 x 200g bag of Kale, thick stalks removed

2 small of 1 large Pear

75g of Soft Goats Cheese

⅓ Cup of Walnuts, crushed

Dressing:

1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard

1 tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar

3 tablespoon of Olive Oil

½ teaspoon of Salt

¼ of Black Pepper

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Method:

Start of with making the dressing. Place all the ingredients into a jar and shake it up until everything it emulsified and you have a relatively thick dressing.

  • Place the kale in a bowl and pour over the dressing. Now get your hands in there and get massaging. Rub the kale between your hands, really scrunch it up to break down the leaves until they become nice and soft. Set aside to marinate.
  • Chop the pears in lengthways into quarters and remove the core. Then chop each quarter widthways, each piece about 1cm thick.
  • Add the pear slices and crushed walnuts into the kale. Crumble over the goats cheese.
  • Toss everything together. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed and serve.

This is great as a stand alone dish but also makes a great starter or side. If you aren’t already a kale convert try this and it might just bring you over to the dark side.

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