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Kale Salad with Herbs, Cherries and Cauliflower Rice

This summery and fresh kale salad makes a healthy and beautiful side dish. It's full of fresh mint, parsley, cherries and cauliflower rice, and dressed with a simple lemon ginger vinaigrette.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free
Keyword cauliflower rice, cherries, kale salad, summer salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 2 10 oz bags frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 bunch curly green kale, removed from stems and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste for cauliflower rice
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, sliced in half and pitted
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • 3-4 Tbsp fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, dry toasted (see instructions)
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

For the dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Instructions

For the salad:

  1. Warm avocado oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the frozen cauliflower rice and stir. Then, reduce heat to medium, cover and let cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 7 minutes, remove the lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper, and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.

  2. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the slivered almonds and stir frequently for 4-5 mintues or until toasted. Set aside to cool.

  3. Add chopped kale to a large bowl. Sprinkle on the 1/2 tsp sea salt and add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Then, massage with hands for 2-3 minutes to soften and flavor the kale.

  4. Next, add the parsley, mint, green onions, cherries, cooked cauliflower rice and toasted almonds. Pour in the dressing (instructions below) and toss to coat. Taste and adjust flavor, as desired

For the dressing:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust flavor, as desired.