Today’s recipe was inspired by a salad I had in one of my favorite cafes in Brooklyn. Their kale salad had almonds, cherries and an incredible dressing. Looking for a salad to make for Thanksgiving dinner last month, I decided to do my own spin on it and created this delicious kale salad with almonds, feta, dried cherries and wheat berries.
It is so delicious. It was a big hit at Thanksgiving and I realized as I had it the next day as part of the many leftovers meals that it tastes even better once it’s had time for the flavors to combine. Even after a day in the fridge with dressing on, it has a good crunch and texture (thanks in part to the almonds and wheat berries).
Since then, I’ve made it a couple more times to refine the quantities and make sure the dressing was just right. You could switch out the nuts or the cheese if you want – goat cheese or parmesan would both be good, and walnuts or pecans would work, too.
- 1 bunch Tuscan kale (also called Lacinato kale)
- 1 tablespoon EVOO
- 1/2 cup roasted, salted almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
- 1 cup cooked wheat berries (also called farro)
- 6 oz feta cheese, roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Combine all the ingredients for the dressing into a bowl and whisk well, until the dressing thickens slightly.
- 1/2 cup of dry wheat berries will yield approximately 1 cup cooked. These take somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour to cook, depending on how soft you prefer them.
- Wash and pat dry the kale. Cut and remove the white ribs, then slice the kale into large ribbons.
- Pour over the tablespoon of EVOO and massage it into the leaves.
- Add the almonds, cherries and feta cheese.
- Add the cooked wheat berries (I did this while they were still warm from cooking, to melt the feta slightly).
- Add the salt and pepper, combine well.
- Pour over your prepared dressing, combine well.
This was so good I think it will be on my Christmas menu as well!
What have you been cooking? Do you make salad in the winter time?