Sunday, March 2, 2014

Gluten Free "Super Food Salad"

My inspiration for this salad was a salad kit that I came across in Costco last weekend. When I looked at the package details I decided not to purchase it as other than the wonderful variety of greens the rest of the kit was not for me. There was a creamy poppy seed dressing and some other add-ins. I decided to try to create my own version using a mustard balsamic vinaigrette dressing and adding some slivered almonds. Sure enough it was delicious!

Ingredients: Serves 4
For the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons of whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (fig balsamic works great if you have it handy)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper (to taste)

For the salad:
  • 1 ½ cups of kale (preferably Lacinato), shredded (about 4-5 leaves)
  • 1 ½ cups of brussels sprouts, shredded (about 4-5 sprouts)
  • 1 cup of purple cabbage, shredded (about 3-4 leaves)
  • 1 cup of broccoli floret tops, shredded (about 4-5 pieces of broccoli)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or currants
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds 
To make the dressing:
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the mustards, balsamic, and lemon juice. Then, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and whisk until it is emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
To assemble the salad:
  1. Chop all of your ingredients and place them in a large salad bowl along with the currants.
  2. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss really well to combine. Toss in slivered almonds. Taste and adjust  with salt and pepper to your liking. Sometime I add a splash more vinegar, olive oil, or fresh cracked pepper depending on the taste. Eat immediately after adding the dressing.
This recipe was shared at Allergy-Free Wednesday,, Gluten Free Wednesdays
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