Kale Salad with Caramelized Leek Vinaigrette and Carrot “Bacon"

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Kale salad with caramelized leek vinaigrette and carrot bacon

Topped with crunchy pomegranate seeds and carrot bacon crisps that are both sweet and savory, this Kale Salad makes for light and fresh starter to any meal. Sweet, caramelized leeks are the base of a well-balanced vinaigrette.

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  • 4Servings

Ingredients

Carrot "Bacon"

  • 6 medium carrots, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon unrefined coconut oil

Vinaigrette

  • 2 leeks, cleaned and sliced into half moons, excluding dark green tops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup + 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • juice of ½ a medium lemon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Salad

  • ½ cup fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 1 large bunch of kale, stemmed and chopped (a package of baby kale works too)

Preparation

Carrot "Bacon":

1. Mix tamari, liquid smoke, and maple syrup in a medium sized bowl. Add shaved carrots and toss with tamarin mixture, making sure it is every coated. 

2. If you have a dehydrator, let sit in the tamarin mixture for about an hour, tossing every so often so the marinade soaks up evenly. Dehydrate according to your manufacturers instructions until crisp. 

3. If using your oven, preheat to 250°F. Spread a baking tray with coconut oil, then evenly distribute carrot slices, pouring marinade over top. Bake in the oven about an hour, until crisp and dry, taking care not to burn. If the carrots are browning too quickly, lower the oven temperature.

Vinaigrette:

1. In a large pan over medium, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then cleaned leeks. Sprinkle ½ a teaspoon of salt and toss to distribute. 

2. Cook on a medium to low flame for about an hour until leeks are soft and sweet. 

3. Add reserved ¼ cup of olive oil to the pan, and gently warm with caramelized leeks for 3 to 4 minutes over low heat, allowing the flavor of the leeks to infuse the oil. 

4. Pour into a measure cup and add the remainder of the dressing ingredients.

Assemble:

1. Add kale into a large bowl. If you are using fully grown kale, dress the salad slightly in advance, taking care to massage the dressing into the leaves, so they are well coated, and have softened. 

2.  Top with pomegranate seeds and carrot bacon to serve.