Kale, Apple & Zaatar roasted Hazelnut Salad with Pomegranate dressing

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Once upon a time, I wasn’t exactly Kale’s number one fan. I found it bitter, stringy and well, evil-tasting and seeing as I usually had to either cover it in spices or fry it into oblivion, I typically avoided any recipe that mentioned the stuff.  Now, to be completely honest, this bothered me pretty deeply.  How could I hate something so nutritious and angelic and oh-so-praised by every vegan, health-nut and yogi that ever lived?  One day it hit me, if I find raw kale so unappealing, why not try steaming it? Why not try offsetting the bitter with sweet things like nuts and fruit? Why not, I don’t know, treat it like Brussels sprouts?  I looked into my pantry and found hazelnuts and a huge bag of beautiful ambrosia apples from the farmer’s market. Bingo! ten minutes later, I couldn’t believe my own eyes. I was eating kale! happily! The pomegranate dressing I used is one I keep in the fridge at all times and it’s especially delicious with bitter vegetables. If you’re anything like me and have a vendetta (had a vendetta..) against kale, I ask you to at least try this delicious and very speedy salad out, who knows, your relationship with kale might have a happy ending after all.

Ingredients:

Vinaigrette (use about 2 tbsp of this and keep the rest in the fridge)
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Hazelnuts
1/4 cup hazelnuts
2 tbsp zaatar
1 tbsp olive oil
Salad
1/2 bunch kale
1 ambrosia apple (or any sweet variety)

How to:

  1. Make vinaigrette, set aside
  2. Roast hazelnuts in microwave (not kidding!) on high for two minutes with olive oil and zaatar, when roasted, scrape of skin and crush with a mortar and pestle or chop with a large blade
  3. Steam kale also in microwave , chop and put into a bowl
  4. Chop apple into thin slices and add to bowl on top of kale
  5. Sprinkle salad with spiced hazelnuts and dressing
  6. Mix well to combine
  7. Enjoy