How festive is this kale salad? It’s the perfect salad when you want a colorful show stopper.

Kale is one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods out there. It is loaded with antioxidants, has tons of fiber, supports a healthy inflammatory response, and is a great detox food. There’s no wonder why kale salad is so popular with my clients.

I like to mix up the toppings seasonally because it is a wonderful way to get a broader variety of foods in your diet. Eating in season is a fresher option, and is often more flavorful and nutritious. It’s a good way to support local sustainable farmers, and you’ll save money because it costs less at the peak of its supply.

Pomegranates are my favorite winter seasonal fruit, so it was the perfect addition to this December salad. I top it with a lemon tahini dressing that gives it a wonderful earthy citrus vibe.

Lemon Tahini Kale Salad with Pomegranates
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

For the salad:
– 1 large head of Kale
– 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
– 1/2 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
– 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
– 2 tablespoons Earth Fare Olive Oil
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

For the dressing:
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
– 2 tablespoons Earth Fare Tahini
– 1 clove garlic
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1 pinch sugar
– 2 tablespoons Earth Fare Olive Oil
– 2 tablespoons water

Directions
1. Rinse the kale, remove the stems, and set the leaves out on a towel to dry.
2. While the kale is drying, toast the pine nuts. I like to do this on the stovetop in a small pan. Pine nuts burn fast, so keep an eye on it and stir frequently. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned around to quickly get something else done and then suddenly smell burning pine nuts. I suggest standing over them and waiting it out until they are done.)
3. Next de-seed your pomegranate, and set aside half of the arils (seeds) for the salad.
4. Once your kale is dry, coarsely chop it and set it in a large mixing bowl. Combine the olive oil and lemon juice. Pour it over, and massage it into the kale. Doing this will soften the kale and make it not as tough. You will see the leaves darken a bit, and then you’ll know you’re done.
5. Now make your salad dressing. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Add more water if you want a thinner consistency, and some more salt or sugar if needed.
6. Place Kale in a serving bowl, and drizzle dressing over. Top with pine nuts, pomegranate arils and grated parmesan cheese.

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Claudia Laffin

Claudia Laffin is a food photographer and owner of The Traveling Spoon Personal Chef, serving clients in and around Asheville, North Carolina. She has been a health food advocate and natural lifestyle follower for over 20 years. During that time she enjoyed working in numerous stores in the health food industry, including Earth Fare! Claudia’s desire to bring health food to more people motivated her to start her personal chef business. She loves cooking healthy, organic, non processed and delicious food for busy families in their own homes and helping them find a path to a healthier life. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see what new things she’s cooking up!