Ok, I'll admit my diet has been consumed with sugar cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate and peppermint bark these past few weeks. The thought of eating a salad right now actually sounds quite amazing for a little break from the endless sugar high.
This kale, apple and walnut salad with blue cheese and my all-time favorite dressing is the perfect salad for lunch or side-dish at your next holiday party. The sweet apples, creamy blue cheese, hearty kale and this slightly spicy/tangy dressing is a true winner.
Kale, Apple & Walnut Salad
1 bunch of kale (de-stemmed and roughly chopped)
1 Honeycrisp apple (diced or sliced)
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup blue cheese
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon tabasco
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
In a large bowl toss together the kale, apple, walnuts, dried cranberries, and blue cheese. Combine the oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, tabasco and dried parsley in a container and shake well. Lightly toss salad with dressing just before serving.