Julia is the master at making all the healthy things. If I’m the queen of the carb, Julia is the queen of the veg. Even more than that, she is the master of making all the healthy things that I actually want to eat. And believe you me, it takes a lot for me to want to put down the pie/cheese/ice cream and crave vegetables. And yet, Julia manages to make me do just that on a regular basis.
So when I picked up her new book and found a recipe for Massaged Kale Salad with Rosemary Candied Walnuts and Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette, I pretty much booked it to the store immediately. Candied nuts wait for no one.
In typical Stephie style, I played with a few components of the recipe – I changed out the walnuts for candied almonds with just a pinch of cayenne for subtle heat (trust me, don’t skip the cayenne – all you need is a pinch and it is amazing in these nuts) and swapped the red onion in the salad with some fresh summer sweet corn. And then I helped myself to a big heaping bowl of this salad because it is summer in a bowl. Oh, and because goat cheese. ‘Nough said.
Oo, guess what else?! One lucky reader will have a chance to win a copy of Let Them Eat Kale! To enter to win, just comment below and tell me what your favorite summertime vegetable or fruit is. Mine would have to be peaches. No, blueberries. No, strawberries. No…um…
Giveaway runs until Thursday, July 24 at 10 pm. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Good luck!
Massaged Kale Salad with Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette
Massaged kale salad topped with blueberries, goat cheese, slightly spicy candied almonds and finished with a creamy blueberry vinaigrette. Get at this summer goodness!
For the creamy blueberry vinaigrette:
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (makes about 1/2 cup of syrup)
2 to 3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the candied almonds:
1 cup almonds
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of ground ginger
For the massaged kale salad:
1 head kale, stems removed and discarded, leaves chopped
Juice of half a lemon
1 ear of corn, cooked and kernels cut off
1 pint blueberries
1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
Prepare the creamy blueberry vinaigrette:
In a covered saucepan, heat the blueberries and honey over medium heat until blueberry juices are seeping out and bubbly.
Mash blueberries with a fork to help get juices out and cook an additional 5 minutes, but be careful not to let the mixture boil over. Remove from heat and strain blueberry syrup using a fine wire strainer. Discard the blueberry pulp and place syrup in the refrigerator to cool.
Once cool, combine syrup with all other ingredients for the vinaigrette and mix vigorously with a whisk until smooth and creamy. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Prepare the salad:
Place the chopped kale leaves in a salad bowl and drizzle the lemon juice over the leaves. Massage leaves with your hands about 2 minutes and let sit about 10 minutes in order to allow leaves to soften. Add all other salad ingredients to salad bowl and set aside.
Prepare the candied almonds:
Using a small skillet, heat the olive oil and honey over medium-low heat. Add the almonds and stir to coat.
Sprinkle a touch of cinnamon, ginger, cayenne and salt over the almonds and allow nuts to continue to toast another 3 to 5 minutes, stirring consistently. (Don't allow nuts to sit without stirring because the honey will burn quickly when unattended.) The nuts are ready when they are soft yet toasty, warm all the way through and have a nice glaze on the outside.
Sprinkle warm almonds over the salad and drizzle with the blueberry vinaigrette. Toss to coat and enjoy!
That girl is the queen of yummy veggies for sure! I just discovered one of my meals for next week’s menu. I’ll have to hide the almonds from someone so that there are actually some for the salad.
I love watermelon!
This salad looks so good!!! Definitely going to try this!!! Picking one summertime vegetable or fruit is difficult….I have many! I absolutely love home grown strawberries & blueberries and any of the home grown veggies I have growing in my garden (tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, kale and an assortment of greens).
I can’t choose one but currently I’m working my way through a 2 pound bag of cherries, so that’s in the #1 position right now. This salad? LOVE!
I just worked my way through a bag of cherries, too. Can’t get enough!
Oh man. This looks amazing!! I’ve been overdosing on carbs over the past week and all I want is a big darn bowl of fresh veggies… This would fit the bill perfectly! Love the idea of those gorgeous candied almonds. I am a sucker for spice too, the cayenne sounds awesome. Yay for Julia’s second book! I definitely want a copy! Oh, and my fave summer fruit? Definitely mangoes. We get amazing ones back in Australia. I buy boxes of them to freeze as purée… For summer all year round! Xx
I love mangos, thought I bet yours are way better than the ones we end up with here in Chicago!
Goooooorgeous! You sure know how to make kale look pretty…mouthwatering, actually!! Thanks so much for the cookbook love! Let’s massage all the kale and cover it in candied almonds!
Right now I am working my way through a whole watermelon. Love it.
Ok, this is the second time this week I’ve heard about massaged kale, what I have been missing out on?! Love this!
Oh, you have to try it for salads! Plus, it’s kind of a fun way to get out some aggression, actually…
Thank you for sharing this delicious Kale salad with Creamy Blueberry Viaigrette dressing with Foodie Friends Friday party this week. Pinned/shared.
We look forward to seeing you again with another delicious recipe.
A FFF co-host,
Any stone fruit – peaches, nectarines, plums – yum!
Love that viniagrette and those almonds!
I recently tried a great raspberry vinaigrette and have been a fan of fruity dressings since… can’t wait to try this blueberry vinaigrette! Love the candied almonds as well, lots of great sweetness to offset the kale 🙂
I just had a blueberry ketchup for the first time…I think I need to keep up the fruity condiment pattern with this vinaigrette! If I had to pick one summer fruit/veggie I think it would be corn. With peaches coming in a very close second!
Seriously, so many great things to do with fresh sweet corn!
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I absolutely love watermelon!
My favorite is ripe, juicy peaches!
For me it’s a toss up between strawberries and watermelon when it comes to my favorite summer fruit. This salad looks delicious! Love those candied almonds, creamy goat cheese, and that wonderful blueberry vinaigrette! Pinned!
Such a great summer salad! Love that vinaigrette!
I am kind of obsessed with this. Love all the blueberries! So perfect for summer!
What a beautiful salad! I just love that dressing.
This book looks great! I’m always looking for a new way to use kale!
I’ve been hoarding rhubarb this summer. Freezing it for a cold day later in the year…so I guess it’s my favorite right now.
That Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette sounds awesome! I love finding new tasty and summery salad dressings.