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Saturday, June 25, 2016

The 1cookingchick Signature Salad!

So I threw together this salad the other night for some friends.  The flavor combo turned out rather delicious!  I always feel that a salad should be the perfect blend of savory/garlicky/sweet.  That is what I was going for when I tossed these ingredients together.  The garlic is in the dressing, there is perfect saltiness from the bacon, and fresh grapes add the perfect amount of sweetness.  Buttery, toasted almonds and creamy goat cheese bring a richness to the flavor that blends nicely with the fresh elements.  My friends literally cleaned the bowl!  Right there and then, I decided to make this my signature salad.  

The 1cookingchick
Signature Salad

A large bowlful of Fresh Kale 
about 1 cup halved Red Grapes
4 strips Cooked Bacon (crumbled)
4 oz. crumbled Goat Cheese
1/4 cup Slivered Almonds
1 Tbsp Butter
Garlic Vinaigrette (recipe below)
1.  Go ahead and mix up the dressing.  Thoroughly wash the kale and tear into bite-sized pieces.  Place kale in the salad bowl and toss with the vinaigrette.  (Do this early because it allows the flavors to blend and the kale, which can be tough, to soften and soak up the vinaigrette).
2.  Melt the butter in a pan over Medium-Low heat.  Toast the almonds just until warmed and starting to brown (maybe about 10-15 minutes).  Watch it and don't let it burn!
3.  Add the grapes, bacon, goat cheese and toasted almonds to the kale in the bowl and toss together.  
4.  Serve and enjoy!

Garlic Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1 and 1/2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
the juice of 1/2 a Lemon
1 clove minced Garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste
-Blend all ingredients in a measuring cup.