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Citrusy Kale Salad with Almonds, Cherries, & Parmesan

I do this by “feel” and observation of the proportions.

  • Kale
  • half a lemon, squeezed
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • drizzle of maple syrup (the real stuff, only)
  • handful of sliced, toasted almonds
  • handful of dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Tear the leafy parts of the kale off of the stalks, and discard stalks.  Wash and dry kale leaves, then finely shred with a knife.

Place the kale into a bowl, pour in the lemon juice, add a pinch of salt, and then massage the leaves for a minute or so.  Set aside for about half an hour.

Toss in the remaining ingredients, making sure that everything is coated with the dressing ingredients. Taste, and adjust seasonings until it suits your taste.  Also feel free add more olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup if it needs it.

Top with additional Parmesan cheese (shaved, if you have it).



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Completely Plain, but Delicious Croutons

For salad, especially Caesar, these are amazingly good, when made with good bread!

  • Day old crusty bread (good bread, NOT from-a-plastic-bag-bread!)
  • olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper*

Cut the loaf into small cubes; about 1.5cm is a good size.  Place into a large bowl, drizzle lightly with olive oil, sprinkle on some salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Spread onto a cookie sheet.  Place into a pre-heated 300F oven for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool.

*No need for seasoning  if you have a flavourful dressing like Caesar.

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