I like a layered salad bursting with flavors, don’t you? If yes, you’ll love this kale pomegranate goat cheese salad. The ingredients are obvious, kale, pomegranate and goat cheese, with a generous dousing of balsamic mustard dressing, finished off with candied walnuts.
Finding meat free dishes that I enjoy is not always easy. I am a true meat lover, but I do like to take a day off from eating meat once in a while. So I worked on a pasta dish so that I would have something hearty to eat on those days I wanted to avoid meat. It’s mushroom ricotta pappardelle, a fantastic meat free meal. It’s hearty, extremely flavorful, and full of texture. I love it, and you’re going to love it too.
I adapted this beet and goat cheese salad from a dish that used to be on the menu at Lido. A very popular restaurant in Harlem, NY that serves great Italian food, good wines and really tasty cocktails. The chef changes the menu seasonally, so when I find something I really like on the menu, I make a point to go back regularly just in case it is removed from the menu in a few months! I ordered their beet and goat cheese salad expecting the usual mesclun salad with beets topped with goat cheese, and it was that, but instead of the cheese crumbled over the salad, it was nicely parceled in some filo pastry, a really nice touch and a much more interesting salad. Here’s my version.
I used Belgian endive in my salad, a very powerful salad greens – a source of vitamins and minerals, high in complex fibers and promotes digestive health. Endive is no slouch. It has been reported that one cup of endive per week can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by 75%. So I speak to the ladies specifically here – let’s eat more endive!
I discovered this yummy salad just recently – kale salad with carrots, cranberries and walnuts bathed in olive oil and lemon. It’s a treat, quick and easy.
If you’re trying to eat more healthily and finding it difficult, this is the salad for you. Really good fresh kale requires a serious chomp, it will take you time to get through a bowl of kale salad which is ideal when cutting down on calories or just simply trying to eat a healthier diet.
This kale salad can be your appetizer, or you can drop some chicken or fish into the mix to make for a more hearty main meal. I’ve enjoyed it with canned tuna seasoned with lemon and coarse ground salt and pepper, and I made it with bacon for my friend, Nicholas, Creative Director, Spicegrove Creative, and altogether cool guy, he loved it! I don’t know who was more surprised, me or him.
If walnuts aren’t your thing, you can substitute with sliced almonds or splurge on some raw cashews, go nuts!