June 1, 2016 |

Trending Recipe: Super Kale Salad

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler

Kale has increasingly become a favorite ingredient in just about every dining establishement — from fast casual to fine dining. This easy summer salad has several “super food” ingredients that gives your customers confidence in healthy choices. Top with sliced grilled chicken or salmon for added protein.

Trending Recipe: Super Kale Salad
Recipe type: salad
  • 1 cup kale, torn
  • 1 cup spring mix
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons goat cheese
  • ¼ Granny Smith apple, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup pickled beets
  • ¼ avocado, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup warm citrus bacon vinaigrette (recipe to follow)
  1. Mix the kale and spring mix and place on a large plate or in a bowl.
  2. Top with quinoa in center of greens.
  3. Add beets.
  4. Top with goat cheese.
  5. Arrange sliced apples and avocado around plate or bowl.
  6. Sprinkle in pumpkin seeds.
  7. Serve with vinaigrette on the side.

Warm Citrus Bacon Vinaigrette
Recipe type: salad dressing
  • 6 slices of thick-cut bacon, diced and cooked until done, but soft
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • juice from 1 large orange
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • ½ tablespoon lime juice
  1. Juice the lemon, lime and orange into a saucepan.
  2. Whisk in together with red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard.
  3. Over medium-low heat, add brown sugar and shallots.
  4. Add in bacon.
  5. Cook until the flavors melt and the bacon is fully rendered.