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Winter Crunch Salad

This winter crunch salad is loaded with tons of delicious, crunchy seasonal ingredients. A base of brussels sprouts and kale is topped with sliced apples, satsuma wedges, pomegranate arils, toasted walnuts and savory flaked coconut crunch. Delish!
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups tuscan kale, removed from stems and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
  • 2 to 3 drops liquid smoke
  • 2 satsuma mandarins, segmented
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils

citrus vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions 

  • Place the sliced kale in a large bowl and drizzle with ½ tablespoon olive oil. Massage the oil into the kale with your hands for a few minutes, then set it aside while you prep the other ingredients.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the other ½ tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the brussels and garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, as the brussels soften just slightly. Set the brussels aside.
  • Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel so it is dry (or use a new one!) and add the walnuts. Toast, stirring often, for about 5 to 6 minutes, just until the walnuts are fragrant and golden. Transfer the nuts to a bowl. If you’d like, you can chop them.
  • With the same skillet over medium-low heat, add the coconut. Add in the drops of liquid smoke and toss well to combine. Toast, stirring often, for 3 to 4 minutes, just until golden. Turn off the heat.
  • Assemble the salad by adding the brussels to the bowl of kale. You can add another pinch of salt and pepper here if you wish, then toss the kale and brussels together.
  • Top the salad with the satsuma wedges, apples, pomegranates, walnuts and coconut. Drizzle with the dressing below or your dressing of choice!

citrus vinaigrette

  • In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, juice, honey, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk while streaming in the olive oil. This dressing stays great in the fridge in a sealed jar for about a week.
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