Kale, Citrus, and Beet Salad
Thanksgiving is definitely a day for forgetting the calorie counter and just indulging, but we like to think that a fresh salad will always be welcome addition to the holiday table. Bright citrus and tender beets come together for a flavorful salad that adds a pop of both bright color and bright flavor to any meal, cutting through the stodge like a hot knife through butter! Make it the fresh dish in your main holiday lineup, or enjoy it as a light appetizer that’s perfect for awakening the appetite.
- Serves: 6-8 servings
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- 1 lb. Curly Green Kale, washed & finely shredded
- 2 Navel Oranges, peeled & cut into segments
- 4 medium Red Beets, trimmed & scrubbed
- 4-6 oz. Soft Goat Cheese
- 1/4 c. Pepitas
- 1 tbsp. Whole-Grain Mustard
- scant 1/4 c. Red Wine Vinegar
- scant 1/4 c. Olive Oil
- Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Poke beets several times with fork all over, then wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Place wrapped beets in an oven-safe dish or pan to catch juices, then place in oven. Bake for 1 hour or until beets are fork tender; remove from aluminum and set aside until cool enough to handle. Peel beets, then cut into eighths and reserve for later.
Whisk together mustard, red wine vinegar, and olive oil in a small bowl; season to taste with salt and black pepper. In a large salad bowl, lay down a bed of kale, then arrange citrus segments and beets on top. Sprinkle with pepitas and crumbled goat cheese, then top with grainy mustard vinaigrette just before serving.
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