Crunchy Kale Salad with Garlic & Chive Cheddar

A few weeks ago I decided to make plans to eat at least one large serving of salad every day, no matter what. I know I need to eat more vegetables, but unless I actually make a plan, I’m likely to fall into old habits of eating food that’s a little easier to prepare.

Kale especially is a vegetable I’ve avoided because, let’s face it: it doesn’t exactly taste like candy. But, when prepared right it can be delicious. My favorite way to eat dark leafy greens is to pair it with a lighter green, more crunchy lettuce like romaine or iceberg. Then, it’s all about the dressing and the other salad ingredients. A good homemade dressing in my opinion includes fresh squeezed citrus, honey or maple syrup, olive oil, freshly pressed garlic, salt and pepper. Start with a base like this and add fresh herbs to take the dressing in a bold new direction.

This delicious salad includes a bed of finely chopped kale and romaine, a robust dressing described above, toasted almonds, diced apples and Conebella Farm Garlic & Chive Cheddar.

Grab the ingredients and make this awesome salad!

Crunchy Kale Salad with Garlic & Chive Cheddar

  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ounces washed and dried kale leaves, stems removed (weighed after trimming)
  • 6 ounces washed and dried romaine lettuce
  • 4 oz. Conebella Farm Garlic and Chive Cheddar, diced
  • 1 Pink Lady apple, diced
  • 1/2  cup sliced almonds

In a small bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients: lime juice, olive oil, maple syrup, minced garlic, salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, use kitchen scissors to finely chop the kale and romaine lettuce. Toss with dressing to coat. Add the diced apples, Garlic & Chive Cheddar and sliced almonds.

Serve and enjoy!