This kale salad with walnuts dressing has such an interesting taste. It’s warm and amazingly intense, feeling like a tango full of flavors and deliciousness.
Now, before making this kale salad with warm walnut dressing, let me tell you a short story.
The story of a walnut tree
Walnuts have been somewhat ubiquitous in my life. For as long as I remember, we’ve had a majestic walnut tree in the front garden of my parents’ house. The tree lived and bore fruits since I was a kid. I grew old with him, he grew bigger and mightier with me.
And with each passing year, the walnuts taste better than the last. Like an aged wine.
A journey companion like no others
At fifteen, I left my home and moved from Moldova to Romania to attend high school. The walnut kernels traveled with me. Four years later, I moved to a different city to go to college. Walnuts from the same tree journeyed into the next stage of my life together with another me.
This went on and on throughout the years. So, most of my friends and people who visited me had a taste of my childhood home through these walnuts.
Now, I live in the United Kingdom. My mother frequently sends me a generous package with walnuts, so I won’t run out of them. It became an unspoken tradition, I suppose.
The things we love and cherish
Some will say it’s only a tree. Yet, this nut has become a family member and a travel companion. Wherever life takes me, I have a piece of home with me. Losing it would undoubtedly feel like losing a dear friend.
Do you have something so familiar that you can hardly imagine your life without it? I want to know. Tell me all about it in the comments.
Now back to our kale salad with walnuts
This warm combo of walnut, olive oil, and vinegar makes the ultimate dressing, filling this kale salad with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and protein.
So, if you love walnuts or looking for a low-carb salad, you are at the best place. The recipe is rather a combination between the Smitten Kitchen kale salad and a kale salad I tried while following the Atkins diet.
However, feel free to improvise. Use this warm walnut dressing for a salad made of your personal vegetable combo. Or, make our kale salad with walnuts. Enjoy!
Favorite salad recipes you may like:
- Favorite Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Spinach
- Easy 5 Ingredient Russian Style Imitation Crab Salad
- Crunchy Cauliflower Salad with Chicken Breast
- Bow-Tie Pasta with Tuna, Roasted Cauliflower and Corn
- For the Salad:
- Kale – 150 g
- Blue Cheese – 40 g
- Chicken Breast – 1 breast (boiled & shredded)
- Butter – 1 tbsp (10 g)
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Black Pepper – 1/4tsp (freshly ground)
- Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
- For the Dressing:
- Walnuts – 30 g (chopped)
- Olive Oil – 3 tbsp
- Balsamic Vinegar – 4 tbsp
- Sage – 1 tsp (dried)
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
- Black Pepper – 1/4 tsp
1. Place the chicken breast in a large saucepan filled with water. When it starts boiling, lower the heat and cook for approximately 20-25 minutes.
2. In the meantime, prepare the Walnut dressing:
- In a small frying pan, over medium heat, warm 3 tbsp of olive oil. Add chopped walnuts, sage, salt, freshly ground black pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then, turn off the heat, add balsamic vinegar and stir well.
3. Shred the boiled chicken breast into small pieces and stir-fry for around 4 minutes with 1 tbsp of butter, salt, pepper, and turmeric.
4. Assemble your kale salad
- Place the washed kale into a large bowl and add the dressing. Mix until every kale leaf is coated with the dressing.
- Divide the kale salad between two plates. Garnish with blue cheese chunks and stir-fried shredded chicken. Enjoy!
- For this salad, I usually use Gorgonzola or Blue stilton. Both types of cheese combine nicely with this Kale Salad.
Nutrition per Serving
*Important: All the nutrition values are based on McCance and Widdowson’s ‘composition of foods on the nutrient content of the UK food supply, thus may differ from your products.
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